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Precision medicine involves tailoring medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient, based on their genetic makeup.

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Precision medicine involves tailoring medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient, based on their genetic makeup. It is poised to transform rare disease and cancer management - in the populations where sufficient genomic data exists - to inform diagnosis and is the gold standard treatment of rare disease and cancers. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples cannot access precision medicine in the same way as other Australians because there is no Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander genomic data in the international database gnomAD. Aboriginal people have an average ten year shorter life expectancy than non-Aboriginal people. Access to the latest therapies is critical to closing the gap in health outcomes.

The esteemed panel will discuss and explore the potential benefits of genomic medicine, what is happening in Australia and internationally to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in genomic medicine and research and what role does government have to play to ensure all Australians can benefit equally from innovative medical interventions. Case studies will illustrate how to genuinely and respectfully engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to explain why precision medicine is important, how to collect and store samples and how people can become involved in genomics activities.

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Prof. Alex Brown

Azure Hermes

Greg Pratt

Tiffany Boughtwood

Facilitated by Prof. Tom Calma AO

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Genomics Partnerships (Guidelines for genomic research with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples of Queensland)

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