10/15/2021 | News release | Archived content
Mineral Resources (MRL) is supporting the future health and happiness of Western Australian children by extending its support of Telethon with a $10 million commitment over the next five years.
Thanks to the ongoing generosity of Western Australians, Telethon continues to be recognised as one of the world's largest and most popular charities delivering much-needed support for children and young people in our state.
From state-of-the-art hospital equipment and critical services for children with disabilities to life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged youth, together we're helping Telethon deliver brighter futures for WA kids.
MRL's five-year commitment will help ensure more children have access to services and support when and where they're needed.
MRL Managing Director, Chris Ellison, said extending our support of Telethon reinforces MRL's commitment to caring for the people and communities where we operate.
"We're a proud WA company employing over 5,000 local people and their families, many with young children," Ellison said.
"Mineral Resources has a rich history supporting organisations and initiatives that build healthier, happier communities which is why we're committed to investing in the long-term wellbeing of the youngest and often most vulnerable in our communities."
Our ongoing support of Telethon is already helping a range of worthwhile beneficiaries to discover causes, cures and treatments for illnesses affecting children and young people in WA, and to restore their capacity to thrive.
Our contribution assists with running costs (insurance, service, licensing and maintenance) and helps keep 40 wheelchair-accessible vans on the road - so families have safe and reliable transport to medical and therapy appointments, school, community, leisure and family activities.
With MRL's backing, the Family Centre currently assists more than 1,900 WA families with education and support services to help them avoid devastating health complications and live life to the full.
As the program's Principal Partner, MRL has also supported the Yawardani Jan-ga team to acquire a four-horse float with sleeping facilities for staff - helping deliver the program to more places across remote WA.
Wal-yan Respiratory Research Centre
The Wal-yan Respiratory Research Centre is a powerhouse partnership between Telethon Kids Institute, Perth Children's Hospital Foundation and Perth Children's Hospital. It's the global epicentre for paediatric respiratory research, informing clinical practice and driving a new research agenda for childhood lung health with a goal of healthy lungs for every child for life.
The Centre is home to the BREATH team (Building Respiratory Equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health), which aims to optimise lung health in early life and help reduce the burden of chronic lung disease in Aboriginal communities.
The Early Moves study is helping researchers better recognise developmental difficulties early in babies, so intervention can be provided in the first year of life-supporting significantly improved outcomes for children and families.
Participants receive an early screening for risk of cerebral palsy through a video assessment at 12-17 weeks, and a full developmental assessment of babies at two years of age.
The project is implemented in partnership with Curtin University, with participants recruited from The ORIGINS Projectand St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals.
Move to Improve Research Program
One in five Australian children live with a chronic disease.
Many face significant barriers to the healing power of physical activity, such as
Move to Improve Co-Lead Professor Elizabeth Davis with research participant Mary Rogers.
low confidence and self-esteem, lack of access to appropriate physical activity providers, and fear over how to manage their health condition during exercise in front of their peers. This can have serious consequences for their long-term health and mental wellbeing.
MRL will be supporting a new three-stage multidisciplinary research project that will build evidence required to establish Australia's first purpose-built clinical exercise service at Perth Children's Hospital for children with chronic disease and serious illnesses such as cancer, cerebral palsy, burns and diabetes.
Clinical Centre of Expertise for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases in Children
Patient Lily is under the care of Prof Gareth Baynam and the Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases Program
We're excited to help speed up the journey from diagnosis through to care for the 63,000 WA children and their families living with rare diseases, reducing anxiety and uncertainty.
The establishment of a world-first Centre of Expertise for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases in Children in Perth, to become a leader in a globally connected network.
The Centre will improve awareness and early identification of children with rare conditions and deliver more coordinated care for children with rare and undiagnosed diseases, including focusses on mental and Aboriginal health.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Equipment
With MRL's support, three pieces of advanced life-enhancing equipment were made available to the Perth Children's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which supports critically ill babies to receive faster and safer treatment.
Extending our support of Telethon reinforces MRL's commitment to supporting the WA community through charitable donations and long-term partnerships that help the most vulnerable and make a difference in people's lives.
As a proud WA company employing over 4,500 staff - many who work in remote communities with young families of their own - we're delighted to get behind programs that help drive positive social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families.