Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    New council to steer health services on precision path

    23/04/2019 6:00 AM
    • Minister announces establishment of Precision Health Council
    • Council to guide State on cutting-edge opportunities for health, the economy and social outcomes 

    Health Minister Roger Cook has today announced the establishment of a new Ministerial Council that will advise the State Government on opportunities to further develop and support precision health advances in Western Australia.


    Precision health is a rapidly evolving field that uses new and emerging technologies to enhance disease prevention and early detection, and improve patient outcomes through treatments tailored to patients' individual genetic profiles, as well as their variable responses to the environment and lifestyle.


    On the back of the recently released Sustainable Health Review which highlighted the importance of preventative health, today's announcement builds on a key commitment of the McGowan Government to boost innovation and research that improves health outcomes for Western Australians.


    The Precision Health Council will be chaired by South Metropolitan MLC Kate Doust and is expected to hold its first meeting within the coming months.


    The council comprises stakeholder representatives from medicine, science, industry, Aboriginal health, patient organisations, medical research and commercialisation, as well as experts from key precision health-related technologies of genomics, phenomics, informatics and geographical information systems.


    Members will include WA's Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken AC and renowned international clinical researchers, Professor Jeremy Nicholson and Professor Tobi Kollmann, both of whom recently moved to Perth.


    Early priorities of the council will include identifying and enhancing successful precision health initiatives already operating in WA's health system, and determining key areas that could benefit from increased integration of precision health measures.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "The establishment of this council affirms the McGowan Government's commitment to a progressive patient-centred health system that is equitable, effective and sustainable.


    "Western Australia already benefits from emerging precision health initiatives such as the Undiagnosed Diseases Program of WA (which provides earlier diagnosis for people with rare and baffling medical conditions), and the Australian Genomics Cancer Medicine Program (which harnesses precision genomics technology to match patients with rare and untreatable cancers to tailored clinical trials).


    "We know there are many other precision health opportunities where WA can lead in the implementation of cutting-edge science and technology to deliver tangible benefits to patients throughout our State.


    "I look forward to being advised by the new council about potential advances in this exciting field."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500