Delivering a Healthy WA
Office of Population Health Genomics  

The WA Rare Diseases Strategic Framework 2015-2018 (PDF 1.16MB) is the first strategy in Australia to specifically address the needs of people living with rare diseases. As such it is a major achievement for WA Health and lists over 50 initiatives that will be undertaken in the period 2015-2018. The vision is to contribute to the best possible health and wellbeing for Western Australian's living with rare diseases.

The Office of Population Health Genomics was established in 2001 as the Genomics Directorate because of recommendations made in the HARC Report. The Office is unique in Australia and allows WA Health to respond to the advances in genetic technology. We aim:

To lead in the translation of genomics knowledge into health benefits

The Office has three sections that work towards this:

  • Service Evaluation and Monitoring – Monitors genetic service delivery and engages the community to develop evidence-based policies.
  • Service Planning – Evaluates advances in genetic technologies for implementation into clinical practice.
  • Screening Policy – Considers emerging evidence and engages with stakeholders to develop policy on screening issues.

These Sections work to:

  • Translate information from genetic research to improve the health of people in WA
  • Review and evaluate the use of the best available genetic technology within budget
  • Promote new partnerships in population health genomics at a local, national and international level.
  • Provide policy advice
  • Keep people informed
  • Collaborate with groups that have an interest in genetics, genomics and gene technology
  • Ensure that we do this in a way that is consistent with the ethical, legal and cost-effective community needs

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