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! 

Read the Action Plan


AWARENESS
& EDUCATION 


CARE &
SUPPORT 


RESEARCH
& DATA

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A Timeline
2010

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

2011

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

2012

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.

2014

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

2015

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

2017

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

2018

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 to guide 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

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


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