With endorsement and support from the Queensland State Government, the Queensland Genomics Health Alliance (QGHA) will be established as a patient-centred and clinically-led entity, and develop and empower a community of genomics professionals who will drive interest, learning and dialogue in genomics and its clinical application.
On the 22nd of September 2015, the Queensland State Government announced a $25m five-year commitment to research aimed at integrating genomics into everyday healthcare. With the goal of positioning Queensland as a world-leader in the translation of genomics research into healthcare practice, the Queensland Genomics Health Alliance (QGHA) will drive collaboration between the state’s health system and research and academic communities. As a patient-centred and clinically-led entity, the QGHA will fully evaluate the ways that genomics can improve health outcomes for Queenslanders, and build the case for accelerated implementation.
In collaboration with colleagues from both Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance and Australian Genomics Health Alliance, QGHA will harness expertise from health care, industry, research, and academic organisations, so that we can collectively address the challenge of translating genomics data into meaningful clinical care, and in doing so improve the health of our community.
The State Government has chosen The University of Queensland (UQ) to lead the QGHA in a collaboration involving other Queensland-based universities and research organisations, the Queensland Hospital and Health Services network, private health providers, and associated health organisations throughout the State.
In recognising the importance of timely implementation, Queensland Health has determined an initial mode of operation for the QGHA, which will be reviewed in 18 months. Queensland Health will serve as the commissioning agent and UQ as the administering agent.