A new Rare Care Centre will be established at Perth Children’s Hospital to provide a holistic model of care for children with rare and undiagnosed diseases.
The Centre will deliver improved awareness and early identification of children with potential rare diseases and enhanced referrals to support earlier and more accurate diagnosis and is due to open in July 2022.
Clinical geneticist and Centre Medical Director, Dr Gareth Baynam said the aim is to improve the lives of the over 60,000 children and young people who live with a rare disease in WA
‘Although they are called ‘rare’, cumulatively the impact of rare diseases is massive,’ Dr Baynam said.
The Centre will work with world-leading rare diseases experts, including the World Health Organisation Global Network for Rare Diseases.