HNECC PHN hosts pitch night to support innovative approaches to suicide prevention

Posted 24th January 2024 in Sector news

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are independent organisations working to streamline health services and coordinate care across 31 regions in Australia.

They have a very broad but influential role in contributing to suicide prevention, early intervention and in reducing the stigma associated with suicide/attempted suicide and mental illness in Australia.

Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) is inviting organisations in the region to pitch their suicide prevention ideas, as part of two crowd funding nights to fund suicide prevention activities.

Funding of $150,000 will be awarded to four successful applicants presenting at pitch night, with an additional opportunity for live audiences to pledge funds to secure extra funding for their project with an additional $300,000 available.

Pitch nights provide opportunity for organisations to put forward their ideas to a live audience, where the audience pledge vital funds toward the pitch or pitches of their choosing. They aim to encourage further innovative ideas and inspire others in suicide prevention.

Pitch events will be held in April 2024 in Lake Macquarie and Tamworth, with more information on how to register to attend coming soon.

Applications are open via completion of the online form on the PHN grants portal Smarty Grants and close at 5.00pm AEDT, Wednesday, 7 February 2024.

To learn more about the Pitch night events and submit your application visit Pitch Night: Does your organisation have an innovative suicide prevention program that will benefit the community? - Primary Health Network (

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