The Turnbull Government has appointed an expert advisory committee for the landmark Genomics Health Futures Mission led by of Professor Ian Frazer AC.
The $500 million Australian Genomics Health Futures Mission is the centrepiece of the Government’s $1.3 billion National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan announced in the 2018-19 Budget.
The 13–member Genomics Health Futures Mission Steering Committee appointed today brings together experts including eminent researchers and clinicians, legal, ethical, consumer and community, and data experts.
The Steering Committee will develop an operational plan for the Genomics Health Futures Mission.
I thank each of the 13 members of the Genomics Health Futures Mission Expert Advisory Committee for coming on board, under the leadership of Professor Ian Frazer AC.
Australia’s health and medical research sector is first class and the Genomics Health Future Mission will deliver better outcomes for patients.
Genomics is the foundation of precision medicine which means faster diagnosis and targeted treatment to improve health outcomes.
Funded through the Medical Research Future Fund, the Genomics Health Futures Mission will help Australians to live longer and better through genomics technology, which will enable practitioners to tailor treatment for each patient, monitor and manage risk, and potentially cure a wide range of diseases.
The Mission will help save or transform the lives of more than 200,000 Australians through research into better testing, diagnosis and treatment.
The first genomics project will be Mackenzie’s Mission, with $20 million being provided for a pre-conception screening trial for rare and debilitating birth disorders including Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Fragile X and Cystic Fibrosis.