The National A-T Clinic
The National A-T Clinic was established in 2010 following long-term lobbying by BrAshA-T to the Queensland Government, who have unfortunately since withdrawn funding for the program.
BrAshA-T has taken on the task of ensuring this vital service continues to be available for all of those living with A-T throughout Australia. To facilitate this, BrAshA-T has appointed and fully funded a Clinic Co-ordinator to ensure the clinic continues to thrive.
Based at the Wesley Medical Research Centre and Queensland Children’s Hospital, the A-T clinic provides a team of expert doctors who aim to see every child in Australia diagnosed with A-T. Specialist doctors are in attendance from Neurology, Immunology, Respiratory, Genetics, Ophthalmology and Dermatology, as well as Allied health therapists, with the hope of expanding this to include Psychology and Oncology to ensure all aspects of A-T are addressed.
BrAshA-T can provide financial assistance to A-T families to enable them to attend the clinic, please refer to our Clinic Financial Support Policy.
Please contact us to register your interest in an upcoming clinic.
Professor David Coman
If not for Professor David Coman and Wesley Medical Research the National A-T Clinic would not have survived when government funding was withdrawn. David is a Paediatrician, Clinical Geneticist and Metabolic Physician who specialises in the diagnosis and management of children with rare diseases.
In 2020, David was instrumental in securing a $2.45 million grant for a clinical trial for A-T from the Federal Government's Medical Research Future Fund's Rare Cancers, Rare Disease and Unmet Needs. This very exciting trial aims to treat mitochondrial dysfunction in A-T using a novel form of anaplerosis.
34 A-T patients from across Australia are participating in the trial which was launched by the Federal Health Minister, Hon Greg Hunt MP, on 23 March 2022.
Aims of the Clinic
The A-T Clinic is the only dedicated A-T clinic in the Southern Hemisphere and aims to:
- Develop expertise to manage this complex disorder
- Provide access to new and existing treatments
- Improve quality of life and health outcomes
- Promote and offer access to A-T research projects
- Facilitate the involvement in clinical trials
- Be a part of an international network of Ataxia Telangiectasia clinics
- Two clinics are held each year, with BrAshA-T providing financial assistance to A-T families to enable them to attend the A-T Clinic each year
The clinic also provides an invaluable opportunity for A-T families from across Australia to get together, share their experiences and provide support and understanding that could only be offered by families facing the same evolving challenges inherent in the A-T journey. Being a rare disease, and with only approximately 50 patients in Australia living with A-T, it is comforting for families to know that they are not alone.