NSLHD News May 6 2022

The Bright Lights for Kids team with CE Deb Willcox

Strong ideas mark Innovation Program’s comeback The Innovation Program’s Pitch Event has returned with a splash of cash after four strong ideas went toe- to-toe for the first time in a year. Chief Executive Deb Willcox program for older people living with mental illness, allowing them to have their physical, psychological and social needs met. “When the idea first

for participants, with the $8100 she was awarded able to cover transport for participants to and from the sessions, as well as a psychologist to devise the program. Participants will also engage in a strength and balance exercise group run by an aged care physiotherapist. “This directly addresses a service gap recognised by the NSW Mental Health Commission,“ she said. “I’m hoping that this will set the precedence to become the gold standard of care in both the public and private sectors, so all mental health

actualised, I thought that a group environment will help our older, frail mental health consumers learn life skills to cope with their mental illness,” Charis said. “Through further discussion with an Older Persons Mental Health OT, I realised how powerful social connection is in helping older people recover from their complex mental illness. Charis’ idea removes barriers

and the judging panel of Executive Director of Operations Lee Gregory and Director of Clinical Governance Mark Zacka faced a difficult decision, but ultimately it was Royal North Shore Hospital Physiotherapist Charis Tse who came out on top with her idea ‘Power Up!’ Power Up! is a district-first, one stop shop small group

Chris Bruntsch and Maura Farrell present their pitch Best of Both Worlds

Madeleine Borys, Deb Willcox and Felicity Smith



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