How Western Health harnessed frontline ideas through “Shark Tank”

A development program where staff pitch ideas and compete for funding

Overview

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The challenge

Organizations often struggle to provide emerging leaders with engaging, hands-on development opportunities. This leaves leaders under-developed and their ideas under-leveraged.

The organization

Western Health (WH) operates 3 acute public hospitals, a day hospital and a variety of community health services in the western region of Melbourne, Australia. With approximately 7,500 staff and 750 volunteers, WH provides healthcare for a region with a population of more than one million people.

The approach

Launch an idea incubator program that guides participants to articulate an original idea to improve patient care, refine and develop their idea with feedback from multidisciplinary peers, and pitch the idea to an executive panel. Through the experience, participants develop presentation skills, a better understanding of resource stewardship, and relationships across the organization.

The results

Since launching the inaugural “Shark Tank” cohort in 2019, $50,000 has been invested in the 4 winning projects. Fifteen participants have gone through the program with a 100% retention rate.

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