QGHA is working with a network genomics alliances across Australia and the world, with the aim of implementing genomics into everyday healthcare.
Genomics Collaborations across Australia
Australian Genomics is an NHMRC-funded national collaborative network committed to implementing genomic medicine within Australia and providing evidence to inform policy and practice. Australian Genomics is made up of over 70 partner organisations including the clinical and diagnostic genetics services of all states and territories, the state-based genomics initiatives and the major research and academic institutions in Australia.
Founded in 2013, Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance has pioneered a model for creating the widespread, evidence-based change necessary to deliver genomics within the healthcare system. This model has since been adopted by the Queensland and Australian Genomics Health Alliances, the Genetic Alliance of New Zealand, and is being considered for implementation in Canada.
The Sydney Genomics Collaborative program is using genetic technologies to improve patient outcomes, and boost genomic research across NSW. The Collaborative utilises the Illumina HiSeq X Ten, a high-speed genome sequencing system operated by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research (GIMR). The Illumina HiSeq X Ten technology enables the study of whole-genome sequences at the scale of large populations.
Canberra Clinical Genomics is a joint initiative of ACT Health and the Australian National University. The core clinical DNA sequencing services and bioinformatics build on the pipeline established at the Centre for Personalised Immunology and take advantage of the National Computational Infrastructure at ANU.
To ensure South Australia continues as a major innovator at the cutting edge of genomic medicine leading researchers, clinicians and pathologists have joined to form the SA Genomics Health Alliance.
The Genomics Framework is a cross jurisdictional plan to align efforts to integrate genomics into the national health system. Genomics has the potential to contribute to early diagnosis, better targeted treatments and disease prevention. The Genomics Framework provides for better co-ordination of genomic activities across Australia which harness the benefits of genomics is an efficient, effective, ethical and equitable way, for the benefit of all Australians. An implementation plan for the Genomics Framework is being developed and is expected to be considered by Health Ministers in the first half of 2018.
Genomics activities around the world
A catalogue of large-scale (national/regional) policies/strategies, implementation frameworks, demonstration projects or population-scale studies that are informing the implementation of genomics into health systems.
A project to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health.
Genomics England was set up to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project which will sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients with rare diseases, and their families, as well as patients with common cancers.
An organisation funded by the Canadian Government to catalyse the development and application of genomics and genomic-based technologies, to create economic and social benefits for Canadians.
An alliance between Universities Auckland, Massey and Otago and Crown Research Institutes AgResearch, ESR, Landcare Research and Plant & Food, together with 32 Associates: organisations including both researchers and end users of genomics and bioinformatics.
The Global Genomic Medicine Collaborative (G2MC) was established to recognise and harness activities implementing and shaping genomic medicine around the globe.
The Global Alliance for Genomics & Health (GA4GH) is a policy-framing and technical standards-setting organisation, seeking to enable responsible genomic data sharing within a human rights framework.
The Genomic Medicine Alliance is an international research network focusing on Genomic Medicine.