Dec 01
A Golden Opportunity
​The Western NSW Local health District (WNSWLHD) in partnership with Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley Operations are excited to present the second PITCHit. 

WNSWLHD Director of Research, Dr 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 to:
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 
Provide seed funding (between $1,000 - $25,000) to give staff the opportunity to apply for larger competitive grant applications in the future 
Encourage both junior and senior staff to submit applications and participate 

PITCHit winning ideas will be supported with mentoring and support from District staff and academics from the Western NSW Health Research Network

“The event has increased in quality, we were delighted to have had 42 very strong applications submitted this year”. 

“After an internal review, six finalists were selected to present their 3-minute virtual pitch of their ideas to our judges”. Alice said. 

The ideas were pitched to a judging panel to win part of $80,000 worth of seed funding. 

The 2020 PITCHit winners were; Deborah Kenna and team, Yuranigh House break out 2021, based in Molong; Zoe Carr for Ssshhh. Reducing noise levels in Intensive Care – based in Orange; andRachel Kerney for her, Vision for our mob – based in Dubbo 
 
For the first year, the District offered a Green PITCHit category. The winner of this PITCHit was; Jamie Goodlet for, We need to watch our waste - helping the District reduce our carbon footprint by 35% within the next decade.

The People’s Choice Award which was chosen from staff located right across Western NSW watching the event was for Yuranigh House break out 2021.
 
“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, Three Rivers University of Rural Health and Ochre Health. Green Sponsor: The University of Sydney School of Rural Health, Bronze sponsors; Western NSW Health Research Network, Western NSW Primary Health Network and Upstairs Bathurst.