Precision Medicine is an emerging, evolving field whereby increasing amounts of different types of information are used to shape prevention, prediction, diagnosis and treatment at population, patient group and individual level. It is the way of the future.

In response to this, HISA has established a Precision Medicine Community of Practice to engage, inform and influence the HISA community and the broader health ecosystem on this important area. We want to ensure that the informatics community understands what Precision Medicine is, the initiatives internationally and here in Australia, ongoing developments in this field and the challenges it raises so that we can support its introduction into our health system. This will make us better positioned to ensure that data/information requirements and standards are understood and in place and technology solutions evolve to support the increasing use of Precision Medicine.

Care to join?

Are you involved in precision medicine? Do you have any suggestions, ideas or would like to get involved in this community of practice?


Kathy Campbell (Chair)

Ockham Consulting Pty Ltd

Kathy Campbell has held executive roles in healthcare over the past 15 years with providers, consulting firms and vendors in Australia and overseas, including as IM & ICT Project Director for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and as CIO of UnitingCare Health. Kathy now provides consulting assistance to organisations such as Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, Queensland Genomics Health Alliance, Queensland Health and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. She also served as a non-executive director of one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit hospitals, aged care and community services providers.

Kate Birch

Data & Technology Program Manager
Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance

Kate Birch believes that we have an opportunity to learn from every patient, every interaction, every time, to deliver healthcare that is effective, sustainable and equitable. To do this, she delivers health IT projects that better support care delivery, clinical practise, research and operations. Kate manages the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance Data & Technology Program, which is delivering GenoVic. GenoVic is a leading-edge system for the management of genomic data, being built by and for the 10 members of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance. Supporting improved testing, patient care, and medical research, GenoVic will facilitate secure and ethical use and sharing of reliable genomic information. GenoVic encompasses common infrastructure, standards, policies and procedures for genomics across Alliance members, currently including all the laboratory providers of genomic sequencing in Victoria. Kate’s career has taken a “bench to bedside” trajectory. She began as a molecular biologist, moving into epidemiological and then clinical research, and then clinical project delivery. She has consulted to the health industry with Deloitte, has executive level experience in a clinical research centre, and has an extensive working knowledge of medical research and hospital based information management requirements, barriers and opportunities. Kate has a proven ability to work successfully in complex stakeholder environments to develop information system strategy, design and implement data governance activities, and to curate, manage and integrate large medical research datasets. Kate has a Bachelor of Science (Honours), a Masters in Information Systems and is a Certified Health Informatician (Australasia).

David Bunker

Executive Director
Queensland Genomics Health Alliance

David Bunker is the Executive Director of the Queensland Genomics Health Alliance. He has a commitment to health and social outcomes, and values-based business transformation. His commitments include significant voluntary contribution to NFP Boards, Graduate Business Schools, as well as Professional Societies and Academic Colleges. His current focus with the Queensland Genomics Health Alliance is to fast track genomics research and its translation into common healthcare practice, while building a sound, evidence-based decision making framework for strategic capability and capacity building programs within the health system.

Board, College and Society Membership:

Dr Jon Carrano


Jon has a long standing interest in clinical research and health data analytics and combines a background in biomedical research with technical experience implementing solutions for clinical trials and pharmacovigilance. Improving patient selection for clinical trials and novel approaches to treatment methodologies are among Jon’s current interests. Jon was previously local General Manager & Regional Director in the management team of leading US based software organisations. During that period Jon led sales and managed a consulting team implementing corporate software and developing local solutions. Clients included commercial, academic and government customers in Australia and Asia. In 2014, Jon founded Pharmsite to continue providing best-of-breed software solutions, particularly suited to the Australian market. Jon is on the HISA NSW Committee and contributes to various HISA initiatives, as well as other related industry organisations and working groups.

Leigh Donoghue

Managing Director, Health ANZ

Leigh passionately believes in the mission of HISA: the need and opportunity to improve healthcare through better use of technology and information. This has been his focus for the past decade, working for the past three years on the PCEHR system as Accenture’s Health Lead (ANZ), and prior to this with the NHS on the National Programme for IT. Leigh believes Australia has come a long way already in e-health, but we have a lot further to go. He believes HISA is the strong and vibrant catalyst to bring this change and bring together the various players – public and private, providers, payers, vendors and policy-makers – to realise the promise of health informatics.

Dr George Margelis

Medical Practitioner

Peter Williams

Healthcare Innovation Advisor

Peter has over twenty five years experience in healthcare and has worked in senior executive positions in information management and technology in two state health departments and nationally. He is currently Oracle’s Healthcare Industry Advisor for Australia and New Zealand helping healthcare organisations to undertake business transformation and digital evolution, and is responsible for developing health industry patterns that are used across Asia-Pacific and Europe. He is a member of several international working groups on health information technology standards and is the current Treasurer and past President of the Australasian College of Health Informatics.

Dayna Williamson

General Manager
Queensland Genomics Health Alliance

Dayna Williamson is an experienced health system strategist and engagement specialist, and has led clinical improvement and health system design projects across Queensland. After leading the development and implementation of Metro North Hospital and Health Service’s clinical engagement strategies and programs, Dayna co-led the design and delivery of an innovative approach for a 10 year health service strategy for Metro North. Following a brief stint in the energy sector where Dayna introduced person and community centered methods for customer strategies, engagement and experience within Queensland’s Electricity Distribution businesses, Dayna returned to the healthcare industry to take up the role of General Manager at Queensland Genomics Health Alliance. Dayna’s passion, enthusiasm and commitment to innovation in business and healthcare has seen her win multiple international awards including the 2016 Global Business Challenge and the Houston Technology Centre Award for Innovation at the 2016 Sasin Business Competition in Thailand.

Upcoming Events

Thu 20

HISA QLD – Precision Medicine Event

September 20 @ 5:00 pm
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September 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Thu 29

HISA NSW – Precision Medicine Event

November 29 @ 6:00 pm
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November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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Horizon Scanning Series. The Future of Precision Medicine in Australia

This input paper prepared by Adrian Turner et al, with contributions from Cheryl George, Bill Simpson-Young, Dr Stephen Hardy, Dr Chelle Nic Raghnaill and Jane Polak Scowcroft (Data61)