Deb said she was impressed by the innovative ideas and polished pitches of the participants after the program’s hiatus.
“COVID meant we had to take an enforced break from the program, but it was great to see it come back with a bang,” she said.
“Most of the ideas were a direct result of COVID-19, and while there can only be one winner on the night, we are definitely exploring how we can make the other pitches come to life – because they will also have a strong, positive impact on patient care.”
Royal North Shore Emergency Department’s Bright Lights for Kids pitch from Alison Partyka, Danielle Coats and Stephanie Millet finished second and took home the audience-voted Best Presenter category.
Hornsby Hospital’s 4C diversional therapist Felicity Smith and Clinical Nurse Educator Madeleine Borys finished third with their idea ‘Healing Hands’, while Best of Both Worlds from Royal North Shore Cardiology’s Maura Farrell and Chris Bruntsch also impressed.
As Charis revels in her win – she encouraged other to apply if they have an idea that could change patient care for the better.
“I didn’t apply for the pitch expecting to win – I merely dared to dream. No idea is too small and anything is possible,” she said.
“And if you’re lucky enough to be invited to speak at the pitch event – practice, practice, practice – my team, my friends and family, including the family dogs have heard my speech many, many times!”
You can apply now for Round Two of the 2022 Innovation Program. If you have any questions please contact NSLHD-InnovationProgram@health.nsw.gov.au