Good News Story - Capturing the ideas of Western Australians during COVID-19 responses

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic presents an extraordinary and unprecedented challenge. The Western Australian Government is implementing staged measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus in the community and save lives.

To respond to some of the particular challenges the pandemic has created, an online community has been opened to those outside the public sector to harness the ideas and expertise of the community and put bright ideas in front of the right people.

iThink is an online ideas community initially launched for the WA public sector, giving its 140,000 staff the opportunity to contribute ideas to make workplaces even better.

With the support of the Deputy Premier and Health Minister Roger Cook, and innovative and highly respected surgeon and researcher Professor Fiona Wood AM, iThink has been opened to those outside the public sector to harness the ideas and expertise of the Western Australian community.

Ideas captured through the platform will be evaluated and explored for potential implementation through a number of taskforce groups established across various Government departments to manage COVID-19 response activities.

Amongst these teams is a new innovation hub that will be led by iThink Ambassador Professor Wood and City of Canning’s Chief Innovation Officer Jemma Greene. The hub is bringing together government, business, academic institutions and community groups to work collaboratively to evaluate and implement a range of ideas submitted through the current Staying Well, and Supplies and Suppliers challenges. Developing this hub through in-kind support is a unique and powerful example of Western Australia working together during this pandemic.

Many leading organisations have already committed to providing resources and support to ensure community ideas that can create significant value for citizens are explored and implemented. RAC WA, HBF, Australian Institute of Management WA, and the WA Data Science Innovation Hub at Curtin University will join public sector agencies including the City of Canning, South Metropolitan Health Services, Child and Adolescent Health Services and Western Power to deliver on this COVID-19 response initiative. Additional industry support is being sought.

Great ideas are already being posted on the iThink platform by our Western Australian community. They are visible to all users and also allow people to provide feedback and vote on their favourite ideas. All Western Australians are encouraged to join this online community and help support COVID-19 response for our State.

To register for iThink, visit ithink.wa.gov.au.

For more information about iThink, email ithink@psc.wa.gov.au.

For more information about the WA Innovation Hub, email jemma.greene@canning.wa.gov.au.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.