Dr Gareth Baynam

Gareth is a Clinical Geneticist at Genetic Services of Western Australia; an Adjunct Policy Advisor on Clinical Genomics at the WA Department of Health; Program Director of the Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP) WA; and Head of the Western Australian Register of Developmental Anomalies.

His work focuses on Equitable health innovation and implementation, through a precision public health framework, including for Aboriginal health.

He is a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network – International, Chair of the Diagnostics Scientific Committee of the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium, and a Director of the Academy for Child and Adolescent Health. He is a member of the Western Australian Ministerial Council for Precision Health. He is an Advisor for multiple international multi-omics platforms in Europe and Asia.

He is a Clinical Prof at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Division of Paediatrics, University of Western Australia, and at the Faculty of Medicine, Notre Dame, Australia. He is a Clinical A/Prof at the Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Murdoch University; Spatial Sciences, Curtin University and the School of Population and Global Health, Melbourne University. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute.

His PhD was in genetic modifiers of vaccine response in children and he leads a 3D facial analysis team. He led the implementation of a knowledge management platform for rare diseases in the WA Health System, Patient Archive, and oversees related digital health fusions. He founded Project Y to raise awareness for children and youth living with rare and undiagnosed diseases; and Life Languages to globally translate the human phenotype ontology into Indigenous languages for precision health, to retain and empower languages, and to further connect families and communities.

He is a Board Member of the Genetic and Rare Diseases Network, WA; a member of the Orphanet Australia National Advisory Body; and of the Rare Voices Australia Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee.

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