We’re using leading technology to solve the world’s biggest medical mysteries

You can tell a lot about a person from their face. The Pilbara Faces project is a groundbreaking medical initiative designed to help solve a number of medical mysteries involving rare diseases in Aboriginal children through 3D facial imaging, providing local families with much-needed answers.

The Pilbara Faces project is funded through a partnership between the Roy Hill Community Foundation and Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation. The CliniFace platform was developed through this funding, using advanced algorithms to detect genetic facial clues, as well as provide a more accurate diagnosis of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in children.

So far, over 450 faces have been analysed from a range of local schools and communities in the Pilbara, with more planned in the near future. The CliniFace platform has also been published in New Scientist and has been implemented by a local FASD clinic as a diagnostic tool. The Pilbara Faces project and the CliniPath platform are also set to be on exhibition in the new WA Museum.

The Cliniface platform also has an industry award under its belt, winning the regional Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence awards in September 2019.

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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.