Unsung Heroes Shine in New Documentary

Unsung Heroes Shine in New Documentary

WA’s medical researchers are working tirelessly behind the scenes to help our state – and the rest of the world – combat the global Covid-19 crisis.

DevelopmentWA, in association with Screenwest, collaborated with RPH Research Foundation to celebrate these unsung heroes, who are ensuring our local community continues to stay one step ahead of this catastrophic virus, in a video that premiered on Yagan Square’s digital tower during WA Day (1 June 2020).



RPH Research Foundation CEO Joce Young said the world-class researchers the Foundation funds are quiet achievers whose stories deserve to be shouted from the rooftops – and she was thrilled to have DevelopmentWA’s backing to do just that.

“DevelopmentWA was so enthusiastic and proactive in responding to our campaign to raise much-needed funds for the work that’s needed to better understand the Covid-19 virus,” Ms Young said.

“So much so, that through their partnership with Screenwest we have created a short documentary about the great lengths our medical researchers are going to in order to address the complexities that Covid-19 has added, and will continue to add, to WA’s healthcare system.”

DevelopmentWA Chief Executive Frank Marra said presenting the documentary on the Yagan Square digital tower was a fantastic opportunity to share the stories of the professionals who are on the frontline of this unprecedented pandemic.

“The documentary provides first-person accounts of how Perth’s doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, scientists and fundraisers are addressing the immense challenges Covid-19 has caused and it is fantastic we can pay homage to them on the digital tower in the heart of Perth,” Mr Marra said.

Willie Rowe, CEO of Screenwest explained, “Screenwest was pleased to partner with DevelopmentWA on this project as it showcases a global crisis from the voices of local Western Australians.”

Joce Young said the Covid-19 pandemic has proved that funding ongoing medical research is crucial.

“The fact WA has been so successful in flattening the Covid-19 curve has placed us in a privileged position of being able to conduct the research the world needs” she said.

“At this point in time, WA’s medical professionals can analyse data from around the globe and come up with the novel strategies required to combat this virus.”

RPH Research Foundation has launched the Masquerade for Medical Research campaign to combat Covid-19 to raise the vital funds that are needed to support this cause.

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