The Australian Pathogen Genomics Program (AusPathoGen) brings together expertise from across academic and public health disciplines to investigate effective models that demonstrate equitable access to pathogen genomics capacity for public health surveillance of four areas of national need:
Pathogen-specific teams will undertake milestone activities under the guidance of the Steering Committee and national program partners.These teams will comprise of:
Working across all jurisdictions in Australia, AusPathoGen has established the following milestones for each infectious pathogen under investigation, to form the foundation for accessible and efficient national models for pathogen genomics implementation that solve public health problems.
AusPathoGen uses innovative methodologies to deliver key milestones, including:
Pathogen genomics has proved a critical tool in Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Learn More
Salmonella is a nationally notifiable disease, resulting in an annual median of 36 outbreaks nationally and an incidence of infection rate of 185 infections per 100,000 population per year.Learn More
A national surveillance system for Shigella will allow for earlier detection of extensively drug resistant (XDR) isolate clusters, assist in understanding transmission and incursion dynamics, and identify major lineages that are XDR towards therapy drugs.Learn More