The National Strategic Action Plan for Rare Diseases

Australian academics first called for a national plan for rare diseases in 2010, so it is with great excitement that the National Strategic Action Plan for Rare Diseases (the Action Plan) was launched in 2020. 

Rare Voices Australia (RVA) has led the collaborative development of the Action Plan. After extensive consultation with stakeholders around the country, the Action Plan has been developed by the rare disease sector, for the rare disease sector! 

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A Timeline

Australian academics first call for the development of a national rare disease framework.


‘Awakening Australia to Rare Diseases’ international symposium with over 200 delegates in Fremantle, Western Australia (WA).


RVA is founded in response to the international symposium. Developing a national rare disease framework is its primary strategic objective. RVA begins organising Parliamentary Events annually to enable politicians to gain a better understanding and awareness about rare diseases.


RVA undertakes a roadshow to progress a national plan for rare diseases. Roundtable discussions are held with key stakeholders in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and WA.


Key findings on the principles and objectives to progress a national plan are presented at the inaugural National Rare Disease Summit. The collaborative outcome of the Summit is a Communiqué to progress a National Rare Disease Plan.


The themes of the Communiqué are further developed into the key advocacy and policy document, Call for a National Rare Disease Framework: 6 Strategic Priorities.


The Australian Government Department of Health engages RVA to lead the collaborative development of the Action Plan.

A Steering Committee consisting of cross-sector representation is established and guides the development of the Action Plan.

2018 – 2019

A national stakeholder consultation process is undertaken, which involves all stakeholders in the rare disease sector. This ensures the Action Plan is collaborative, representative and holistic.

2020 + Beyond

The Australian Government launches the first nationally coordinated policy approach to address rare diseases in Australia. Implementation efforts begin.

RVA continues leading the collaborative implementation of the Action Plan.

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