Aug 07
Pitching for gold
​The Western NSW Local health District (WNSWLHD) in partnership with Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley Operations is excited to present PITCHit for the first time. 

PITCHit is an exciting new annual event for the WNSWLHD.

WNSWLHD Director of Research, Alice Munro said, “PITCHit aims to encourage a culture of research and innovation by supporting our staff to launch or progress ideas - no matter how big or small”.

“We have so many natural innovators that have great ideas about how they and their teams/facilities can improve the health system, better the patient experience, enhance the delivery of healthcare and minimise waste”. Alice said. 

PITCHit aims:
  • Capture the hearts and minds of our staff and teams across the District to think outside the box to make a change 
  • Support a culture of research and innovation 
  • PITCHit seed funding (between $1,000 - $20,000) gives staff the opportunity to apply for larger competitive grant applications in the future 
  • Encourage both junior and senior staff to submit applications and participate 
  • Be a streamlined and efficient process with which staff can apply and receive funding to kick-start their ideas 
  • PITCHit winning ideas will be supported with mentoring and support from District staff and academics from the Western NSW Health Research Network

“In our first year we were delighted to have had 45 very strong applications submitted to PITCHit”. 

“After an internal review, nine finalists were selected to present their five-minute pitch of their ideas”. Alice said. 

The ideas will be pitched to a judging channel to win part of $60,000 worth of seed funding.

Winners of PITCHit will be announced and celebrated on the day. 
 
“We would like to thank our sponsors who have kindly donated the seed funding that will support our finalist’s ideas”. Alice said.  

Our Gold sponsor is Newcrest Mining Cadia Valley Operations. Silver sponsors; Charles Sturt University and Three Rivers University of Rural Health. Bronze sponsors; Western NSW Health Research Network, The University of Sydney School of Rural Health, Rural and Remote Medical Services, Central West Medical Association, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and KPMG.