​​​​​​​​​What is the Innovation Program?

The Innovation Program provides funding for ideas that support front line staff to improve patient care.

The program is run quarterly and the top 5 applicants each round will pitch their idea to a panel of judges in front of a live audience.​

Applications are open to all initiatives no matter how big or small. A total prize pool of $50,000 is available at each event.    

The program is aimed at initiatives that:

  • Improve patient outcomes and experience
  • Improve the health of populations
  • Improve staff experience
  • Reduce the cost of care

The program process:

      1. Apply via the online form

      2. You will be notified if you are a top 5 applicant 

      3. The top 5 applicants will pitch their idea to a panel of judges at a Pitch Event. The winner/s will be announced at the event, 


Click here to watch a wrap-up of the Innovation Program Round Three 2018.


Who can apply for th​e program?

Any staff member working in NSLHD including Royal Rehab, HammondCare and corporate services who provide care to public patients. All disciplines are encouraged to apply, for example staff working in food services, administration, maintenance and clinical services (medical, allied health, nursing and midwifery etc..).


2019 Important Dates:

Round One

30 January Applications Close  
14 MarchPitch Event


Round Two

30 AprilApplications Close  
11 JunePitch Event


Round Three

28 JulyApplications Close  
18 September Pitch Event


Round Four

17 OctoberApplications Close  
5 DecemberPitch Event


What will be supported:

Applications can address any aspect of patient care, facilities, equipment and staff experience. A maximum of $50,000 can be requested.

If your idea relates to a digital innovation (website, App, clinical application etc..) and you require more information for example, costing, integration support or on-going maintenance queries it is recommended you talk with ICT about your idea:  NSLHD-ICTBusinessRelationsTeam@health.nsw.gov.au 

What won't be supported:

Funding will not be provided for positions or projects that require on-going funding, unless there is clear evidence of financial commitment from a partner organisation or department/facility.

The Innovation Program will support funding towards short term project staffing. The application needs to demonstrate why an additional resource is required and how the project will be fully sustainable once funding ends.

Please contact Gyani Swift​ to talk through your idea if it relates to staffing prior to submitting.


Key Assessment Criteria:

The program promotes the 2017-2022 NSLHD Strategic Plan and the concepts of the IHI Quadruple Aim; improving patient outcomes (including experience), improving population health, reducing cost per capita and improving staff outcomes. All applications will be screened based on their potential impact to the Quadrupple Aim in collaboration with the NSLHD Strategic Plan. Please see the Screening Tool for further information regarding the assessment criteria.

When submitting your application please consider how you can engage other facilities/services, agencies, primary health care providers and Non-Government Organisations. Also consider the extent to which your project supports and promotes the CORE Values – Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment.

 To assist with the application process please review the following as required:

 Applicants are encouraged to make contact with Gyani Swift, Innovation Manager if they have any questions or require support to comple​te their application.

Go to the Application Page to A​pply for the Innovation Program.​