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Better Indigenous Genetic (BIG) Health Services project - Policy Brief

Better Indigenous Genetic (BIG) Health Services project - Policy Brief






Chief Investigators: Prof Margaret Kelaher (The University of Melbourne), Prof Emma Kowal (Deakin University), Prof Ravi Savarirayan (Northern Territory Genetics Service and Victorian Clinical Genetics Services), Prof Gail Garvey (Menzies School of Health Research), Prof Gareth Baynam (Genetic Services of Western Australia), Prof Julie McGaughran (Genetic health Queensland), Prof Hugh Dawkins (Western Australia Department of Health), Dr Misty Jenkins (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute), Prof Yin Paradies (Deakin University), Mr Glenn Pearson (Telethon Kids Institute)

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increasing genomics capability, the opportunities for positive impacts on clinical medicine are immense (1). Yet, how these impacts are best translated to enhanced patient outcomes is not well defined. There is evidence of significant unmet need for clinical genetics and genetic counselling among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (2, 3), and where services are available there are considerable gaps persist in terms of the comprehensiveness of those services and continuity of care. With an increasing trend of integrating genomics into clinical practise, addressing these issues is crucial to improving provision of effective genetic health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (4). This imperative has been recognised in the National Health Genomics Policy Framework 2018–2021 (5) which includes a focus on equity as its first strategic priority.