Clinical genetic health services are playing an increasingly important role in improving human health. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are underrepresented in such services despite having higher prevalence of a number of genetically determined conditions and evidence of willingness to access these services. There are two key barriers to improving the benefits associated with clinical genetic services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; a lack of baseline genetic data to inform diagnoses and a lack of accessible appropriate services. In this panel we will discuss a number of approaches to co-creating appropriate and respectful ways of ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people benefit from increased genetic knowledge. The panel will focus on three key programs including the:
The panel will identify key issues in clinical genetics, current approaches and how they are developed, and opportunities to co-create resources and services to better meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.