2011

During 2011, GSK Australia provided $605,553 in either financial support or donations to the following patient and community groups:

Asthma Foundations - WA, SA and QLD

The Australian Asthma Foundations seek to eliminate asthma as a major cause of ill health and disruption within the community. They provide disease education, information, research, community advocacy and support to people with asthma and as well as their carers. 

In 2011 GSK Australia provided a number of state-based foundations the following grants to support the delivery of practice nurse asthma courses:

  • $10,440 (Queensland)
  • $ 8,000 (South Australia)
  • $14,550 (Western Australia)

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All About Acne Australia

Acne is the most common of skin diseases, affecting 85 per cent of Australians aged 15-24 years old.

All About Acne is a website written by a team of leading Australian health and medical professionals from around the country – dermatologists as well as a cosmetic medicine practitioner, GP, pharmacist and obstetrician / gynaecologist.

Stiefel - a GSK company - issued a $20,000 grant in 2011 to support the ongoing development and maintenance of the All About Acne website.

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Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation

ACCF’s vision is to protect and enhance women’s health by eliminating cervical cancer and enabling treatment for women with this and related health issues, in Australia and in developing countries.

In 2011 GSK Australia provided a $15,000 grant to support ongoing research into women’s understanding of cervical cancer and pre-cancerous conditions. This grant has been fundamental in the development, implementation and publication of the research.

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Australian Lung Foundation

The Australian Lung Foundation was established by a group of thoracic physicians concerned about the chronic shortage of funds for research work in respiratory medicine and the impact of lung disease on our community.

During 2011 GSK Australia provided $100,000 to support a number of projects aimed at improving health outcomes for patients with COPD. These include:

  • The development of a Practice Nurse Training Package
  • Development and testing of a GP Respiratory Toolkit
  • to support a quarterly review of COPD-X Management Guidelines to ensure they provide a global benchmark on the management of COPD
  • Implementation of a pulmonary rehabilitation and community-based maintenance advocacy program
  • Expansion of the ‘Lungs in Action’ community based exercise program 

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Caitlin's Retreat

Caitlin's Retreat is located on the banks of the Yarra River in Eltham, Victoria. The property provides families who have children with special needs with a unique, cost effective and accessible holiday destination.

In August 2011 GSK Australia provided $300 and more than 20 staff volunteers to support the creation of functional vegetable gardens for visitors to use.

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GAIN

The Gynaecological Awareness Information Network (GAIN) seeks to raise awareness of gynaecological issues and sexual health through public and private discussion.

A $5,500 grant was provided to GAIN in 2011 to support the delivery of a High Tea held in Western Australia on International Gynaecological Awareness Day.

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Hepatitis Australia

Through national leadership, advocacy, and strong partnerships Hepatitis Australia seek to ensure effective action on hepatitis B and hepatitis C to meet the needs of all Australians.

In 2011 GSK Australia provided $20,000 to support the promotion and advertising of World Hepatitis Day. Key objectives of this campaign were to de-stigmatise viral hepatitis and create a more supportive environment for people living with the disease, encourage vaccination, create stronger links to local services and increase understanding of the prevention of viral hepatitis, and treatment options.

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Influenza Specialist Group

The Influenza Specialist Group (ISG) consists of medical and scientific specialists from around Australia and New Zealand with an interest in influenza.

GSK worked closely with the ISG in 2011 and provided a $46,860 grant to support key projects to increase awareness among consumers and healthcare professionals. Projects included:

  • Translated factsheets
  • ‘Talking Head’ videos suitable for online publication
  • CAT flu recipe instruction booklet to ease the integration of CAT flu recipe into GP practice software 

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Intensive Care Foundation

Intensive Care Foundation (ICF) is dedicated to improving the care of critically ill patients by delivering public awareness campaigns, as well as education and development opportunities to health professionals working in intensive care units. 

A $10,000 grant was provided in 2011 to support the development of campaign materials for intensive care units within Australia’s health and hospital system. This money was used to deliver a comprehensive leaflet and development of the ICF website

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McGrath Foundation

McGrath Foundation was co-founded by Jane McGrath and her cricketing husband Glenn after Jane's diagnosis and initial recovery from breast cancer. The organisation raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia. 

In 2011 GSK Australia donated $700 to support the McGrath Foundation High Tea fundraising event in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Meningitis Centre

The Meningitis Centre has made significant progress in its fight against meningitis by educating the community about the signs and symptoms, providing support to families who have been affected by the disease and lobbying for the introduction of vaccines to protect the Australian community. 

In 2011 GSK Australia provided a $10,000 grant to support the production of a DVD: Meningitis: two lives, two different outcomes. This new resource aims to raise awareness of the impact meningitis can have on individuals and their families by sharing the stories of two individuals who have been touched by the disease. 

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Melbourne University Publishing Foundation

GSK Australia provided a grant of $3,000 in 2011 to support the reprint of 15,000 copies of Understanding Troubled Minds by Emeritus Professor Sidney Bloch.

Understanding Troubled Minds was first published in 1997 and serves as a plain-English guide to mental illness and its treatment. The reprint of 15,000 copies by Melbourne University Publishing Foundation in 2011 will ensure all Australian GPs and psychiatrists have access to this publication. All royalties due to the author will be donated to the mental health charity SANE Australia.

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Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital

The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation has the vital role of raising, managing and distributing donated funds to The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. By supporting important equipment, pioneering research, leadership and training, and patient-and-family-centred care the Foundation also benefits the lives of sick children around the world.

In 2011 GSK Australia fundraised $3,960 though an excess furniture sale following an office relocation

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Movember

Movember is a moustache growing charity event held each year in November. The aim of the event is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.

In ‘Movember’ 2011 GSK’s Port Fairy staff fundraised $500 as a one off donation to support the cause

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Oasis Youth Support (The Salvation Army)

The Oasis Youth Support Network is The Salvation Army's major response to youth homelessness in Australia.

Located in Surry Hills, Oasis provides over 25 programs that offer critical points of intervention and support for homeless and disadvantaged young people between 16 and 24 years of age.

In 2011 GSK’s Consumer Healthcare Division in New South Wales provided the following products to support fundraising activity at the Christmas Carols in the Domain Concert:

  • 3000 x 250ml Ribena poppers
  • 7000 x 25g milk teeth toothpaste

The product donated is valued at $6,310

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Polio Australia

Polio Australia provides quality information and services across Australia ensuring that polio survivors have access to appropriate health care and support. In addition they seek to provide information, education and training to General Practitioners and a range of other medical specialists and health professionals to improve the diagnosis and management of the late effects of polio. 

In 2011, GSK provided a $15,000 grant to assist the delivery of a three-day residential Polio Health and Wellness Retreat in Mount Eliza, Victoria. 

A further $5,000 was provided to support the development and dissemination of community awareness materials to education healthcare professionals, polio survivors and the wider community about the late effects and management of polio.

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Port Fairy Consolidated School

Port Fairy Consolidated School is a well established primary school in regional south-west Victoria.

As one of the largest businesses in the area GSK’s Port Fairy site was a key supporter of the school in 2011 by:

  • Sponsoring the Year 6 Graduation Award for Science and Technology Award ($250)
  • Providing a $1,000 donation to support the development of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Scheme 

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Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club

The Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club is located the south-west Victorian coast.

In 2011 GSK’s Port Fairy site gave a $4,000 one-off donation to the club to support the provision of its Nippers Program.

This program provides an introduction to the skills required for a surf lifesaving or bronze medallion certificate and importantly, day to day swimming skills for children living in and around this coastal community.

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Queensland Premiere's Disaster Relief

In December 2010 a significant rainfall caused catastrophic flooding in parts of Queensland, including the state’s capital Brisbane. These floods caused unprecedented damaged to local business, homes and community areas with nearly three quarters of the state being declared a disaster zone.

Early in 2011, GSK Australia donated $100,000 to the Queensland Premiere’s flood appeal to aid recovery efforts. 

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Royal Flying Doctor Service

GSK Australia has held a corporate partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) since 2009. Through this partnership GSK Australia has helped the RFDS to showcase their services in the metropolitan area, and their build their profile outside their reputed rural surroundings.

Support in 2011 includes:

  • $100,000 to assist in the delivery of free ‘Pit Stop’ health checks the Melbourne International Airshow, Melbourne Wholesale Markets, Brisbane Produce Markets and the Royal Melbourne Show.
  • $35,650, comprising of company and staff donations, was also donated to RFDS Queensland following the devastating floods that affected the state.
  • $380 in ticket sales at the John Flynn Birthday Fundraising event and the RFDS Week Luncheon

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Save the Children

As global partners, GSK Australia has supported Save the Children locally for a number of years.

In 2011 $10,000 was donated to Save the Children’s Fitzroy Toy Library in Melbourne. The library provides local families access to age appropriate, culturally relevant toys and educational materials to local residents and is heavily used by the community.

This one off donation will support the ongoing maintenance of facilities and the toy collection.

Save the Children were also recipients of three exercise bikes previously used in research but not longer required by GSK. These bikes had an estimated value of $18,000

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Shire of Campaspe

The Shire of Campaspe, situated in northern Victoria, experienced unprecedented flooding over a four month period at the end of 2010/ beginning of 2011.

GSK Australia provided a one-off donation of 50 units of the Boostrix vaccine for volunteers assisting in the recovery efforts for towns affected by flooding in the region. 

This valuable donation helped protect volunteers who may be at risk of tetanus prone wounds during the recovery and clean up efforts.

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South West Healthcare

In 2011 GSK Austalia’s Port Fairy site supported the South West Healthcare Medical Equipment Appeal by funding two hospital beds.

This donation was part of a community appeal to fundraise for medical equipment for the new Warrnambool Base Hospital.

GSK Australia's support in this appeal totalled $10,024.

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St Patricks Primary School, Port Fairy

Saint Patrick’s Primary School in Port Fairy is located in the same community of GSK’s Port Fairy site.

As one of the largest businesses in the area GSK Australia was a key supporter of the school in 2011 by sponsoring the Annual Award for Science and Mathematics Award ($250).

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Surf Life Saving Clubs WA

Surf Life Saving Clubs WA provides essential education and emergency rescue services to all users of the West Australian beaches.

The organisation is a volunteer based community service and plays a fundamental role in ensuring the safety and health of swimmers.

In 2011 GSK Australia provided each club registered with the organisation with two Ventolin MDI inhalers. This equated to total donation of 24 inhalers valued at $84). This donation is intended for the 2011/2012 surf life saving season

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Tasmanian Women in Agriculture

Tasmanian Women in Agriculture formed in 1994 and has more than 1,000 members. The organisation seeks to promote the profile of agriculture as a forward-thinking and vibrant industry that is vital to the Tasmanian economy and to encourage women working in the industry to realise their full potential.

As a key contributor to Tasmanian farming, GSK donated $3,000 to support delivery of the Women on Farms Gathering.

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Terry White Chemists

In 2011 Terry White Chemists organised a collection of sample bags to be donated to the Australian Red Cross for people affected by the Queensland floods.

GSK’s Consumer Healthcare Division in New South Wales supported this donation by supplying 30,000 units of Macleans Protect (25gm) toothpaste valued at $8,100.

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Warrnambool College

Warrnambool College is a government high school (years 7-12) in the regional town of Warrnambool in south-west Victoria.

As one of the largest businesses in the area GSK’s Port Fairy site was a key supporter of the school in 2011 by sponsoring the Year 12 Top Science Student Award ($200).

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Victoria Police

GSK Australia has been a long standing supporter of the Victoria Police Kokoda Project. This initiative has been developed to address concerns about police and community relationships in inner north west Melbourne. 

In its first year five members of the Flemmington Police Station took a group of sixteen students from the Debney Park Secondary College and Kensington Community College to Papua New Guinea to walk the Kokoda. Since then the Project has grown in size and now comprises of 43 individuals. 

GSK Australia has supported the project since it began in 2005 by donating vaccinations of Havarix (Hepatitis A), Typherix (Typhoid), Boostrix (Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) and Malarone (Malaria prophylaxis) for each of the participants.

This donation is valued at $7,190.14

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