31
Jan
2018

The future of precision medicine in Australia

by Stephen Duckett et al


Published by Australian Council of Learned Academics (ACOLA), Wednesday 31 January

Recent technological advances have enabled assembly of a wide range of data about an individual’s genetic and biochemical make-up, as formed by their genes, environment and lifestyle. While medicine has always had personal and predictive aspects, so-called precision medicine allows health and disease to be viewed at an increasingly fine-grained resolution, attuned to the complexities of both the biology of each individual, and the variation among the population. It’s exciting to think we’re on the brink of a genomic revolution in health care. The Australian Council of Learned Academies’ precision medicine project, co-authored by Grattan Institute’s Health Program Director Stephen Duckett, sketches the current trends in precision medicine technologies, and explores what broader implementation of precision medicine capabilities may mean for Australians.