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Gold Fields funds landmark medical facial imaging project

Friday, 12 February 2016

Perth, 12 February 2016: The Gold Fields Australian Foundation has pledged its support for a 3D facial imaging project being developed through the Princess Margaret Hospital to improve diagnosis and treatment of various rare diseases and medical conditions.

The Gold Fields Australian Foundation was incorporated by Gold Fields Australia to provide a mechanism for investing in the socio-economic wellbeing of the areas and communities where the company operates.

The Foundation chairman Alex Munt said the Foundation was proud to be the cornerstone supporter, injecting $50,000 in funds to the face mapping project which was aimed at improving access to medical care for Aboriginal children.

“We understand the challenges distance and access to services pose for those in remote communities, but these factors are even more critical for those trying to deliver quality health care to these regions,” said Mr Munt.

The facial imaging programme will use 3D technology to develop a photographic database of Aboriginal children to help doctors recognise specific medical conditions and reduce the time it takes for doctors to make a diagnosis; or assist with treatment of facial trauma as a result of an accident.

The initial programme is being lead by clinical geneticist Dr Gareth Baynam and will focus on Kalgoorlie and the Western Desert Region.

“Western Australia’s vast size requires a different approach to tackling problems and technology can be critical in providing a solution,” Mr Munt said.

“Through initiatives such as the facial imaging database, children may be able to be treated closer to home.

“This project is about bringing 21st century technology and thinking to the remote regional areas. The Gold Fields Australian Foundation is excited to play a part in making it happen.”

The Foundation has a proud record of support including a successful indigenous scholarship and mentoring programme, financial assistance for family support services, community-based wildlife rescue and organisations such as the Red Cross and Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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