We’re celebrating incredible WA talent

The Pilbara was proud to be recognised at the 2020 WA Young Australian of the Year Awards, with Nyangumarta Pitlikarli man, Yarlalu Thomas, receiving the top honour for his incredible work in local health.

Yarlalu’s story began in the community of Warralong, located southeast of Port Hedland. The first in his community to complete a high school certificate, Yarlalu was driven from the very beginning to make a difference in the world. Following his graduation, he enrolled in a Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) at University of Sydney.

While still at university, Yarlalu was awarded the inaugural Roy Hill Community Foundation Precision Public Health Fellowship for his work on the Pilbara Faces project. His dedication and commitment on this project allowed him to identify an incredible opportunity to create a simple translation guide for health care professionals who don’t speak local Aboriginal languages. This guide is now used by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and local doctors.

In 2019, Yarlalu created the Lyfe Languages program in partnership with Pilbara Faces. Our Foundation is honoured to play a part on Yarlalu’s story, and to witness the positive impact he continues to have on our local Pilbara communities and beyond.

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Working with the community to solve medical mysteries

Our Foundation aims to improve health outcomes for Pilbara families by addressing gaps in medical and community health services through our Pilbara Faces and Lyfe Languages programs. These programs combine cultural sensitivity and understanding with world-class innovation, research and technology, helping to drive ongoing support and positive impact.