Translation of pathogen genomics academic research into public health is at the core of the Australian Pathogen Genomics Program (AusPathoGen). The following enablers will influence the AusPathoGen approach to successful integration of pathogen genomics into public health.
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the use of pathogen genomics in public health when the urgent need arose for a nationally consistent and real-time approach for sharing and analysing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences. Taking key learnings acquired by program partners and the CDGN during this response, AusPathoGen will adopt and build upon this pathogen genomics implementation model, whichwill be adapted to each pathogen and further optimised through translational activities by leading academic researchers involved in this program.
The Australian Pathogen Genomics Program (AusPathoGen) is made possible through national and international partnerships that bring together expertise from across academic, industry, government, and publi chealth sectors, to solve public health problems using optimised pathogen genomics models.