To the Editor: We read with interest the article by Kowal about genetic research in Indigenous health.1 As stated, this topic is extremely sensitive, but it is one that we must now tackle. The article raises a related issue that has not received any attention: the provision of genetic health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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Genetic research in Indigenous health: significant progress, substantial challenges
Gail Garvey and Christina M Bernardes
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (7): 383-384.
Gail Garvey, Division Leader
Christina M Bernardes, Research Officer
Kowal EE. Genetic research in Indigenous health: significant progress, substantial challenges. Med J Aust 2012; 197: 19-20.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2008. Canberra: AIHW, 2008. (AIHW Cat. No. IHW 21.) http://www.aihw.gov. au/publication-detail/?id=6442468085/ (accessed Aug 2012).
Evans DG. Genetic predisposition to cancer. Medicine 2012; 40: 29-33.
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