The Future of Precision Medicine in Australia


Recent technological advances have enabled assembly of a wide range of data about an individual’s genetic and biochemical makeup, as formed by their genes, environment and lifestyle. While medicine has always had personal and predictive aspects, 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.

ACOLA’s precision medicine project explores the current trends in precision medicine technologies and explores the role that a broader implementation of precision medicine capabilities may play in the Australian context.

The project was supported by The Department of Health.

Final report

The project report The Future of Precision Medicine in Australia, launched by the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP at Eureka 89 in Melbourne on 31 January 2018, is available here.

Expert Working Group

  • Professor Robert Williamson AO FRS FAA FAHMS (Chair)
  • Professor Warwick Anderson FAHA FASSA FAHMS
  • Dr Stephen Duckett FASSA FAHMS
  • Dr Carrie Hillyard FTSE
  • Professor Emma Kowal
  • Professor John Mattick AO FAA FRSN FAHMS
  • Professor Catriona McLean FAHMS
  • Professor Kathryn North AM FAHMS
  • Mr Adrian Turner

additional resources

Office of the Chief Scientist: Gene Editing and CRISPR