Louise Healy, RVA’s Education and Advocacy Manager, Appointed to Expert Advisory Group on Genomics Australia

RVA News

The Department of Health and Aged Care has announced the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) on Genomics Australia, a new national genomics body. Congratulations to Louise Healy, Rare Voices Australia’s Education and Advocacy Manager, who has been appointed to the EAG as a consumer advocate. Louise has extensive experience as a health consumer representative and brings a wealth of rare disease knowledge and lived experience to the role. Learn more about the EAG via the Department of Health and Aged Care’s website.

What is the Expert Advisory Group?

The EAG will provide advice to the Australian Government through the department on the design, role, main priorities and key partnerships of Genomics Australia, a new national genomics body. Genomics Australia will ensure a consistent approach to support integrating genomic health technologies into Australian healthcare.

Expert Advisory Group Members

RVA congratulates those appointed to the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) on Genomics Australia:

Ms Penny Shakespeare (Co-Chair) – Co-Chair, member, Commonwealth representative
Professor Kathryn North AC (Co-Chair) – Co-Chair, member, individual technical
Mrs Jane Bennett – Member, consumer advocate
Professor Alex Brown – Member, individual technical
Dr Kevin Carpenter – Member, individual technical
Professor Jon Emery – Member, individual technical
Ms Louise Healy – Member, consumer advocate
Professor Oliver Hofmann – Member, individual technical
Professor Dorothy Keefe PSM – Member, individual technical
Mr Robert McBride – Member, individual technical
Professor Julie McGaughran – Member, individual technical
Dr Kym Mina – Member, individual technical
Ms Madeline O’Donoghue – Member, individual technical
Professor Margaret Otlowski – Member, individual technical
A/Professor Beverley Rowbotham AO – Member, individual technical
Professor Robyn Ward AM – Member, individual technical
Ms Trinity Mahede – Member, state and territory representative

The Australian Government’s National Strategic Action Plan for Rare Diseases acknowledges that genomics is a health technology with great potential for rare diseases.

Queries and More Information About Genetics and Genomics

For EAG-related queries and more information on genetics and genomics, contact the Department of Health and Aged Care: [email protected]