App to educate and empower at-risk new mums with high blood pressure wins the Pitch
An app to help new mothers who have high blood pressure in pregnancy is a step closer after winning a $40,000 funding injection at The Pitch.
Each year, seven per cent of expectant mothers in Australia have hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, and four per cent develop the potentially fatal condition pre-eclampsia.
Cardiovascular disease takes the lives of 8,000 Australians every year. Women who have high blood pressure in pregnancy have a higher risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease and stroke later in life.
However, there currently exists no successful way to follow-up these women after they leave hospital.
RPA Staff Specialist Cardiologist Clare Arnott came up with the idea of developing an app to help new mothers manage their own heart health while looking after their new baby.
“We propose the idea of a post-partum cardiovascular app that is accurate and appropriate,” Dr Arnott told the judging panel at the Pitch, held at Concord Medical Education Centre.
“The app is accessible and will inform new mothers with support, evidence-based information and care for their conditions,” she said.
Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive Dr Teresa Anderson AM was in the festive giving spirit at the 17th edition of the Pitch, awarding funding to two other applicant teams.
They included a pitch by registered nurse Kelly Lewis to use an app called See, Touch, Communicate for use with patients who cannot speak. Kelly and her team from Balmain Hospital took home $20,000 for their project.
And a group of aspiring rappers from the District’s Health Promotion Unit and Population Health also received $10,000 for their idea. The team plan to engage professional songwriters and musicians to record a catchy song to remind children about healthy eating behaviours.
The District awarded more than $262,000 at the Pitch is 2018 and more than $1 million since the concept was launched.
You can see more highlights from Round 17, here.