Collaborating with clients to deliver experienced care takes out the major prize
Improving the lives of patients through collaboration was the winning idea at the 20th Edition of The Pitch.
Thanks to honest and emotional presentations from both clinicians and former clients, the Parent Supporters Program took home a cheque for $25,000 to put towards their innovative approach to supporting vulnerable families in the child protection system.
The Pregnancy Family Conference (PFC) program is a child protection program for pregnant women whose unborn babies are at risk of entering out of home care. The aim of their Parent Support Program is to further reduce the number of children going in to care by teaming up with those who understand the program first-hand.
“We propose to employ four parents who have been through PFC to assist other parents to refer to the program,” Pregnancy Family Conferencing Co-ordinator, Daniela Lewkowicz said.
“We would also like them to give us their feedback and consult on issues regarding child protection practise and policy.”
During the presentation former patient, Melissa Riley, explained the importance of the program and why she would like to be involved.
“I have been down that road and would like to share my experiences and knowledge,’ she said.
Upon receiving the largest cheque of the evening, there were tears of joy from the parent Support Program team.
“I really believe in this program,” Pregnancy Family Conferencing Co-ordinator, Zia Tayebjee said.
“I am also really proud that I work for a health district that’s actually putting money into this. It’s incredible.”
And they weren’t the only winners. Also taking home a cheque was Dentarterie – The Art in Dental. This program was awarded $11,000 to put towards innovative ways to improve patient’s dental experience through art.
A further $5,000 was awarded to GeriCO-V Geriatric a co-management model of integrated care for older vascular patients, and also Urine For Change which is a new tool to help measure urine output on the wards.
The next Pitch will be at the Kerry Packer Education Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Friday 29 November. To find out how to enter, see slhd.nsw.gov.au/innovation.
To view more images from the 20th Edition of The Pitch, visit https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/sydneyconnect/gallery-2019-20th-Edition-of-The-Pitch.html