Cystic fibrosis study secures funding through Pitch Night.

Cystic fibrosis: Ryan McCathie, of Hunter Rehabilitation and Health, with 13 year old Lizzie Walters.
Cystic fibrosis: Ryan McCathie, of Hunter Rehabilitation and Health, with 13 year old Lizzie Walters.

A HUNTER-based fitness study looking at the effects of interval training on children with cystic fibrosis will benefit from $40,000 in funding from Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network’s Innov8 Pitch Night.

Hunter Rehabilitation and Health exercise physiologist Ryan McCathie said the money would help them reach an extra 25 children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis, fund oxygen saturation and heart rate equipment, and begin telehealth consultations for people outside the region.

Every person at the The Innov8 Pitch Night had four envelopes representing $400 to put into whichever – or all – of the four featured local health projects that captured their attention.

The people with the ‘money’ were representatives from health, business, council, non-government organisations, Indigenous and education groups in the area.

The four projects:

  • Pius X Aboriginal Corporation – an antenatal initiative for Aboriginal women in disadvantaged communities in north west NSW 
  • Orange Sky Australia – addressing health access for homeless people on the Central Coast and Newcastle
  • Hunter Rehabilitation and Health – research and accessibility for a new model of treatment for children with cystic fibrosis 
  • Upper Hunter Where There’s a Will – a community-led youth mental health educational model