Image: A panel discussion on delivering change in the healthcare sector. Featured L-R: Dorothy Illing, Keith McNeil, Robyn Ward, Brendan Murphy, Ian Frazer and Kathryn North.

Many of Australian Genomics’ investigators and collaborators converged on The Arts Centre Melbourne in September for Australian Genomics’ second national conference.

More than 200 people registered for the event, Genomics in Australian Healthcare: Foundations to Future.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt officially opened the conference, declaring that genomic sequencing should become the “standard of care” in the next decade. He also said that the Medical Research Future Fund was expected to tip $20 billion in the next 18 months.

The growth of the Australian Genomics research network was reflected in the content of this year’s conference program, which featured 25 speakers and three panel sessions.

Since our first conference in 2017, the Australian Genomics network has expanded to include about 450 investigators and collaborators, more than 80 partners, and 32 clinical sites across the country.

Ahead of the meeting we asked some members of our genomic research and patient advocacy community to provide their perspectives on genomics; the Australian Genomics national research network; and the impact genomics will have on future healthcare.

We share their views below, with our thanks to all participants for their contributions.

Thank you to all attendees, speakers, panelists, and chairs for a making our 2019 event such a successful occasion.