Great news for people living with undiagnosed rare diseases in Victoria. Premier Daniel Andrews MP has provided $25 million to develop a state-wide genomic sequencing program, which will speed up the diagnosis and treatment of rare conditions and inherited diseases. This includes conditions such as epilepsy, leukaemia, cancers, childhood diseases and inherited neuropathies (disorders affecting the peripheral nervous system).
The funding for the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance will see up to 2500 children and adults receive early diagnoses of their conditions, enabling them to receive treatment earlier and improve their health outcomes. It will also mean Victorians with hereditary diseases will have greater understanding about how their genetic condition might impact them and their families in the future.