Hugh Dawkins

Office of Population Health Genomics, Public and Aboriginal Health Divisions, WA Department of Health, Australia

Professor Hugh Dawkins is the Director of the Office of Population Health Genomics, Public and Aboriginal Health Division, Western Australian Department of Health. He holds adjunct professorial appointments to the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Policy and International Affairs, Murdoch University; the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Western Australia; and the School of Public Health, Curtin University of Technology.

Professor Dawkins has been instrumental to the translation of genomic technologies and new knowledge, and is leading the way in Australia to improve health programs, services and outcomes for people living with rare diseases. He is credited for leading the development and implementation of the WA Rare Diseases Strategic Framework 2015-2018, an Australian first to support the needs of people living with rare diseases through a public health policy approach. He also had a major role in harnessing spatial data to ensure access to appropriate health services and improve the patient journey of Aboriginal people and communities.

Professor Dawkins is also recognised for managing the development of national rare disease registries, and for his extensive stakeholder networks in the genomics and rare diseases domain. He is the Vice Chair of the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium, a global collective of various disciplines to accelerate research in rare diseases. He has also made valuable contributions towards issues that span genetic testing, genetic privacy, gene patents, the National Paired Kidney Exchange Program, screening, stem cell therapy and has developed policy and guidelines in relation to human tissue and DNA biobanks.