Dr Jim McGill receives 2021 Australia Day Honours

Rare Voices Australia (RVA) congratulates Dr Jim McGill on his 2021 Australia Day Honour for significant service to metabolic medicine, to biochemical genetic pathology, and to medical education.

Dr McGill is a longtime champion of rare diseases. He is a world leading expert in a range of metabolic conditions and is a leader in providing person-centred care. Additionally, he has a long history of providing excellent clinical care and compassion to Australians living with a rare disease and their families. Dr McGill’s dedication, generosity, and commitment to providing Australians living with a rare disease with a better quality of life, expert medical care, high quality research and support, is exceptional.

Over the course of his career, Dr McGill has participated in countless rare disease-related committees, conferences and has held numerous leadership roles. He has changed the lives of a countless number of Australian children as a passionate advocate for newborn screening. His work continues to ensure that Australia is a world leader in newborn screening in terms of uptake, quality, number of conditions diagnosed and safety. 

Now retired from clinical practice, Dr McGill will be missed by his patients around Australia. RVA thanks Dr McGill for all of his work in the rare disease sector and for his immeasurable contribution!

WA Department of Health Stakeholder Consultation Focus Groups

The Western Australia Department of Health, Office of Population Health Genomics (OPHG) is currently reviewing the supports, services and systems available to West Australians living with rare, genetic and undiagnosed conditions and their families, and how the community navigates these systems. If you live in Western Australia (WA), the OPHG would like to know more about your and your family’s experiences. If your organisation/group has members who are based in WA, please feel free to pass on this invitation to them. See the flyer for the full details.

Stakeholder consultation focus groups


The OPHG is holding a number of stakeholder consultation focus groups for those living in WA with a rare, genetic or undiagnosed condition and/or their families. Your participation will help to shape the future services and system navigation for those living with genetic, rare and undiagnosed conditions across Western Australia.

The details are listed below.

Location: Face to face in Perth CBD (address to be provided) with online video conference options available.
Dates: Participants may choose from a morning or evening session on 2nd, 3rd, 8th or 9th of February.
Why: Community input plays a critical role in how future services are designed to create better outcomes.
RSVP: To learn more or register your interest please email genomics@health.wa.gov.au or call 08 9222 2239.

Participants will be renumerated by the OPHG for their time.

See the flyer for the full details.