Australia’s health advances highlighted at G20 meeting
Australia’s efforts to tackle multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, our landmark investment in genomics and a locally-led universal cancer database will be highlighted at the G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Argentina.
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care
This is the second year a health ministers’ meeting has been held to advance international cooperation in health care. An Australian delegation will attend on Australia’s behalf to reiterate our commitment to cooperate with the global community.
As the G20 President for 2018, Argentina has identified the health priorities for discussion: antimicrobial resistance; malnutrition: including overweight and obesity; health systems strengthening; and health emergency preparedness.
Australia’s National Statement will underscore our significant investment in a Genomics Health Futures Mission. It will highlight the potential genomics and precision medicine has to save lives, transform healthcare and strengthen health systems, not only in Australia but internationally.
The statement will also showcase the Universal Cancer Databank (UCD), a secure centralised repository for researchers, clinicians and patients to share data, analytics and insights that will accelerate the discovery of new cancer therapies, and cures.
This initiative is an excellent example of global cooperation that allows countries, technologies and current data projects to come together and enhance prevention, early detection and treatment.
Australia will also reaffirm its efforts to tackle multi-drug resistance, including for tuberculosis (TB).
TB is the world’s most common cause of death from a single infectious disease, and tenth most common cause of death worldwide.
While Australia has very low rates of TB domestically, it remains a significant communicable disease threat — especially if not controlled in our region.
During the meeting, the Australian delegation will participate in a health emergency simulation exercise focused on antimicrobial resistance.
It’s important that Australia shares our knowledge and expertise in matters of public health, and do everything we can to keep ahead of significant global health threats.
Australia’s health system is world class. It is a source of great pride to have a high level delegation at this premier economic forum focusing on global health.