The Western Health Foundation is pleased to announce its 2020 grant recipients. Thanks to our generous corporate sponsors, we have awarded 11 grants totalling $44,293 to Western Health employees across the organisation.
The breadth of projects funded incorporates a wide cross-section of disciplines including general medicine, surgery, paediatrics, maternity and allied health.
The winners were announced at this year's Western Health Research and Best Care Conference which was held between 26-30 October.
Traditionally, the Research and Best Care Conference provides an opportunity for employees to present their project submissions through oral presentations and poster displays, with awards presented at the closing session of the conference.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year's conference was held virtually and the traditional awards program was replaced by a small grants program.
Grants of up to $5000 were available, with applicants required to demonstrate how their proposal contributes to Western Health's Best Care principles. Grants could be used to fund professional development, further research work or other project-specific activity.
"The assessment panel were really impressed at the range and sophistication of some of the projects being put forth" says Julia White, Director of Western Health Foundation. "It was incredibly difficult making the choice of which projects to support, which is why we ended up providing almost $15,000 more than we had planned! It's a terrific position to be in."
Each of the successful applicants will be asked to provide a project update as the year progresses, and to share outcomes with the Foundation and its Grants Program sponsors.
Sponsors for 2020 included major sponsor Maxxia, allied health sponsor BankVic, as well as Hesta and Medtronic.