PITCHit Western NSW is an exciting new annual Western NSW Local Health District event that focuses on and encourages a culture of research and innovation by supporting LHD staff to launch or progress their idea – no matter how big or small.
WNSWLHD held its second PITCHit event on 30 November 2020. The 2020 PITCHit Western NSW event was proudly supported by Cadia Valley Operations, who were also Gold Sponsors for 2019.
For the 2020 PITCHit event, we introduced a new category for pitches relating to Green and Sustainable innovations. As a District, we pride ourselves on encouraging environmentally sustainable work practices and we think PITCHit can help to drive more innovations in this space.
We received a total of 42 high quality applications to pitch their ideas. An internal review process selected a total of 6 finalists to present a 3-minute pitch of their ideas to win a share of $80,000 worth of seed funding from the following 2020 PITCHit partners.
2020 PITCHit Judging Panel
- Mr Scott Griffiths – Chairperson, WNSWLHD Board
- Ms Melissa O’Brien – Senior Community Relations Specialist, Newcrest’s Cadia Valley Operations
- Mr Darren Ah See – CEO, Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service and WNSWLHD Board
- Mr Dave Karlson – Director Business Governance, Rural Doctors Network
- Dr Shannon Townsend – Emergency Medicine Trainee and WNSWLHD Future Health Leaders Advisory Group (FHLAG) alumni
The 2020 PITCHit winners:
- Deborah Kenna, Yuranigh House break out 2021 based in Molong ($25,000, and also won People’s Choice award)
- Zoe Carr for Ssshhh….Reducing noise levels in Intensive Care – based in Orange ($5,000)
- Rachel Kerney for her, Vision for our mob – based in Dubbo ($10,000)
- Jamie Goodlet, the inaugural Green PITCHit winner, for helping the District reduce our carbon footprint by 35% within the next decade– based in Mudgee ($25,000)
Progress update from some of the 2019 PITCHit winners:
PITCHit 2021 – Save the date!
We will proudly host a third PITCHit event on 25 November 2021 – save the date in the diary! For more information please contact Dr Bradley Christian, Director of Research, on 0439 371 591.
Our 2020 Partners
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of our partners for Pitchit 2020.
Cadia Valley Operations
Cadia Valley Operations is one of Australia’s largest gold mining operations and is 100 per cent owned by Newcrest. It is located approximately 25 kilometres from the city of Orange in central west New South Wales and is 250 kilometres west of Sydney.
Cadia comprises two mines including the Cadia East underground mine, which is one of the largest gold and copper deposits in the world. Constructed at a cost of over $2 billion, Cadia East commenced commercial production in January 2013.
Cadia East uses the large-scale mining method known as panel caving and production continues 24 hours a day, every day of the year on 12-hour rolling shifts.
The site also comprises the Ridgeway underground mine which is currently in care and maintenance.
For more information on Cadia Valley Operations, visit cadiavalley.com.au
Three Rivers University, Charles Sturt University
Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) is a Commonwealth Department of Health initiative embedded within Charles Sturt University; with the aim of enhancing the recruitment and retention of rural health professionals.
The key activities of Three Rivers UDRH include:
- Raising the aspiration and success of Indigenous and rural students from regional and remote communities;
- Growing capacity for rural clinical training across expanded practice areas such as disability, aged care, mental health and primary care;
- Conducting rural health research and building opportunities for student engagement in rural health service delivery; and
- Fostering the development of rural health capabilities through multidisciplinary resources and training programs.
Visit the Three Rivers Website
Established and still owned by two procedural GPs, Ochre Health operates a network of over 40 medical centres around Australia and we partner with nearly 300 doctors.
We were founded in the NSW Outback town of Bourke with the aim of supporting doctors to improve the health of rural and remote communities. That is still our core purpose and we are unique amongst our peers in tracking and reporting on patient health outcomes. Our business includes Ochre Recruitment, a medical recruitment agency that works with Ochre Health as well as hospitals and clinics throughout Australia and New Zealand to source and place quality locum and permanent doctors across a wide range of specialties.
For more information, visit the Ochre Health website.
The University of Sydney School of Rural Health (Dubbo/Orange)
The University Of Sydney School Of Rural Health is a rural clinical school in Dubbo and Orange NSW.
Established in 2001, it offers medical students the opportunity to complete the third and/or fourth year of their degree here in the Central West. From 2022, the entire four-year University of Sydney Doctor of Medicine
degree will be offered in Dubbo, giving even more regional students the opportunity to pursue a career in medicine.
For more information visit the University of Sydney School of Rural Health (Dubbo/Orange) website.