2012

During 2012, GSK Australia provided $524,929.20 in either financial support or donations to the following patient and community groups: 

All About Acne

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.

For a second year running Stiefel - a GSK company - provided a $20,000 grant in 2012 to support the ongoing development and maintenance of the All About Acne website.
Australian Lung Foundation 

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Asthma Australia

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 2012 GSK Australia provided the following support to deliver asthma educators courses for practice nurses in the following states:

  • Queensland ($11,880)
  • Western Australia ($14,000)

An additional $40,000 grant was provided to Asthma Foundation of Victoria to support the delivery of their Community Asthma Services Mapping (CAS) Project and a Asthma Research Symposium.

Asthma Australia was also a key partner in GSK’s ‘Get Your Puff Back’ campaign. This community campaign was aimed at raising awareness of the risks associated with uncontrolled asthma. An honoraria of $6,300 and reimbursement for expenses incurred was paid to Asthma Australia’s national office for their contributions. An honoraria of $3,150 and reimbursement of costs incurred was also paid to Asthma Foundation of Victoria for their contributions.

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Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is Australia’s largest asylum seeker organisation. The Resource Centre work to assist some of the most disadvantaged people in our community.

In 2012 GSK Australia made a one off donation to the centre’s health services department. This donation comprised of:

  • 5 x Flixotide 250 MDI
  • 5 x Flixotide 125 MDI
  • 5 x Flixotide 50 MDI
  • 2 x peak flow meters 
  • 2 x mouth piece pack
  • (Total value $346.55)

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Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre (ARRC)

The Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre was developed in 1989 to provide education and support services for patients with a range of systematic and organ specific autoimmune disorders. Resources and services extend to patient families, allied health professionals as well as the local community.

In 2012 GSK Australia provided a one off donation of $1,000 to support ARRC's awareness and fundraising activities for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) in June and July. These activities comprise of a sponsored 110km kayaking paddle on the Hawksbury Ríver and a family fun day.

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Caitlin's Retreat

Caitlin’s Retreat offers families of special needs children the opportunity to getaway and enjoy a much needed break together as a family.

While the facility was officially opened some time ago, the property has suffered from years of neglect and a great deal of work continues to be needed to bring this outstanding asset back to its former glory and to ensure it meets accessibility requirements for visitors.

Recognised as one of GSK’s community partners in 2012, Caitlin’s Retreat received a $10,000 grant to support the development of a wooden deck, ensuring a safer and more accessible place for children and their families to visit.

The retreat also received a donation of new toys (estimated value: $1,000), collected through a GSK staff engagement activity in June.

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Cancer Council Victoria

Cancer Council Victoria is a non-profit cancer charity involved in cancer research, patient support, cancer prevention and advocacy.

GSK Australia’s Abbotsford office participated in the 2012 Daffodil Day campaign. A total sum of $1085.95 was donated to the organisation through staff fundraising activities. This donation comprised of monies raised through sale of Daffodil Day merchandise, individual contributions and a company donation.

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Challenge

Challenge Australia is a not for profit organisation providing support to children aged 0 - 19 years old living with cancer or a life - threatening blood disorder, and their families.

In June 2012 GSK Australia provided Challenge with a donation of new toys (estimated value: $1,000) collected through a GSK staff engagement activity.

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Epilepsy Australia

Epilepsy Australia is a patient focused organization dedicated to educate, inform and assist people with epilepsy, their families and those who work with them.

GSK Australia provided a $5,000 grant in 2012 to support the development of a community awareness campaign. The over-arching objectives of the campaign are to educate the Australian community about the disease, dispel some of the common myths with which it is associated and to reduce the stigma that people with epilepsy commonly experience.

The campaign aims to demonstrate that in the majority of cases epilepsy can be managed and should not prevent someone from pursuing their ambitions.

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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 Australia supported ISG with a grant totalling $47,260 in 2012. This funding was used to support the organisation’s online community education campaigns including the assist with the completion of social media listening analysis; the development of a consumer focussed website; and consumer and healthcare practitioner research.

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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 grant of $10,000 was provided in 2012 to support the ongoing research of intensive care through ICF’s annual research grants program.

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Latrobe Fire Brigade

GSK Australia works closely with farmers, industry groups and community services across Tasmania.

In 2012 GSK Australia’s Opiates team provided a $5,000 donation to the LaTrobe Fire Brigade as a contribution to the cost of a thermal imaging camera.

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Leukaemia Foundation

In 2012, GSK’s Opiates business in Port Fairy donated $1,000 in memory of GSK employee, Kate Armbruster who passed away from Leukaemia in June.

The Leukaemia Foundation is dedicated to the care and potential cure of patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

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Moyne Health Services

Moyne Health Services provides integrated healthcare to the Port Fairy and surrounding districts for more than 160 years. This public, not for profit organisation operates a 15 bed acute hospital, 52 place hostel, 30 place nursing home, Accident & Emergency, primary and community care services, adult day centre and allied health services.

In 2012 GSK Australia’s Opiates team donated $4,670.00 to support the purchase of I x Hi-Lo bed for the aged care facility and $6,421.651 to support the purchase of 1x multipurpose monitor

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National Asthma Council Australia

The National Asthma Council is a not-for-profit organisation working to improve health outcomes and quality of life for people with asthma.

Along with Asthma Australia, the National Asthma Council was a key partner in GSK’s ‘Get Your Puff Back’ campaign. This community campaign was aimed at raising awareness of the risks associated with uncontrolled asthma. An honoraria of $6,300 and reimbursement for expenses incurred was paid to the National Asthma Council.

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National Youth Science Forum

The National Youth Science Forum brings together the best and brightest year 11 students from across the country to inspire and encourage the pursuit of scientific careers, from biology and medicine to earth science and engineering.

GSK Australia is a long term supporter of the NYSF. In 2012 we provided a $10,000 grant to support the delivery of three industry partner days

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Nova Peris Girls Academy

Australian Olympic athlete Nova Peris set up the girls academy in 2012 with St John’s Catholic College in Darwin. The Academy aims to keep young Aboriginal girls in education and provide them with important life skills to help them reach their potential.

Skin health is a significant health issue for students at the NPGA.

In 2012 GSK Australia provided the Academy’s health centre with a one off donation of 50 tubes of Brevoxyl for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. This donation was valued at $550

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Peter's Project

Peter’s Project is a local campaign to bring improved cancer care services to south-west Victoria.

In 2012 GSK Australia’s Opiate’s team received global recognition from regional colleagues for an employee’s initiative to save water. The initiative, which was put into action in late 2010/early 2011, has made considerable savings to water consumption at the Port Fairy site and earned the employee responsible for the initiative a $3,000 reward from GSK’s global CEO, which he then donated on to Peter’s Project.

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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.

GSK Australia provided a $15,000 to Polio Australia to support a three day residential Polio Health and Wellness Retreat in Queensland. An additional $5,000 was also provided to support a visit from Canadian polio survivor Mr Ramesh Ferris.

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Port Fairy Consolidation 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 Mathematics/ Science ($250).

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Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation

The Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation (POWHF) fosters strong links with the community, endeavouring to establish lasting relationships with individuals, industries and businesses, creating better Hospital awareness.

In May 2012, GSK’s Medical Research Unit in Sydney donated $1,500 to the POWHF in support of International Nursing Day. This funding supports the POWHF and their ambition to continue to review and share evidence-based approaches to nursing and to develop, refine and extend nursing knowledge.

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Save the Children

GSK Australia continued its longstanding partnership with Save the Children in 2012 with a $10,000 grant.

This money was used to support the purchase of an additional bus for Save the Children’s kindergarten in Mooroopna, Greater Shepparton.

In addition to the monetary grant, we also donated 380 JVC headphones (estimated value $130.00) that were no longer required by GSK. Head phones were used as prizes for young people at community activities and to support resource provision for youth and early childhood programs.

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St Patricks Primary School, Port Fairy

St 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 2012 by sponsoring the Annual Award for Science and Mathematics Award ($250).

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St Vincent de Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society provides assistance to a broad range of Australians including the homeless, women and children escaping domestic violence, the elderly and unemployed, migrants and refugees as well as people with mental illnesses.

GSK Australia’s Consumer Healthcare team provided a donation of 15,000 sample tubes of McLeans Junior Jaws toothpaste in 2012 (estimated value $3,600).

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Realise Enterprise (Tasty Plate)

Tasty Plate is founded on the principles of social justice and social inclusion, providing meaningful life opportunities and employment pathways for people with a diverse range of abilities.

Since the initiative began in early 2011, the demand for Tasty Plate’s services has resulted in an increase in staff numbers and the need for larger premises in Warrnambool.

In 2012 GSK Australia’s Opiates team provided a $1,200 grant to Realise Enterprise's catering enterprise to assist with the purchase of an upright freezer for the new premises.

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Royal Children’s Hospital Fdn Melbourne

Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation was formed in the eighties and is responsible for raising, managing and distributing donated funds to The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

GSK Australia donated glassware valued at approximately $6,000. This was surplus remaining from an employee reward and recognition program.

A donation of 200 JVC headphones was donated in 2012 (current retail value of $68). These headphones were surplus stock and were part of a bulk purchase made for staff office use in 2006.

Five tickets to ‘Let’s Celebrate’, Disney on Ice were also donated in April 2012 (valued at $35 per ticket). These were complimentary tickets given to GSK when a number of group tickets were purchased by the GSK social club. 

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Royal Flying Doctor Service

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has been a long standing corporate community partner.

As our national corporate partner GSK Australia provided a monetary donation of $100, 000 to support the following in 2012:

  • Men’s Pit Stop health checks at the Adelaide Produce Markets, the Royal Melbourne Show and the Wandin Field Day. 
  • Development of marketing materials to be distributed at the health checks
  • Support and attendance at RFDS Victoria fundraising events
  • The purchase equipment (infant incubator)

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The Smith Family

The Smith Family is a children's charity helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.
Across Australia more than 600,000 are living in disadvantage and are unable to access the same educational, health or life opportunities that many of us enjoy and often take for granted.

In June 2012 GSK Australia provided the Smith Family with a donation of new toys(estimated value: $1,000), collected through a GSK staff engagement activity.

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Variety

Variety is a national not-for-profit children’s charity committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn. By giving practical equipment, programs and experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face and live life to the fullest

In 2012 GSK provided Variety with a donation of toys (estimated value: $1,000) collected through a GSK staff engagement activity.

GSK also provided a grant of $1,000 to Variety NSW in 2012 to support urological surgeon Henry Woo and his fellow fundraisers Charles Humphrey, Braith Williams, Geoff Applebee, Bill Magofinn and Alan Lewis in their efforts to fundraise in the Balmain to Bamaga Bash.

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Victoria Police

GSK Australia has been a long standing supporter of the Victoria Police Kokoda Project. This initiative, designed to support disengaged youth, unites just over 40 local high school students, police officers and community members from around north west Melbourne through a four month intensive training program and nine day trek across Kokoda.

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 (valued at $7,190.14) and by providing the costs for one student to participate ($6,000).

In 2012, GSK Australia also provided sponsorship for a staff member to participate by participating in the trek and mentoring a student through their final year of study at high school.

These donations have been used to support fundraising activities and events.

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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 and a long term supporter of the college GSK’s Port Fairy site sponsored the Year 12 Top Science Student Award ($200). These annual awards are designed to recognise achievement and encourage students in their pursuit of their studies.

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Zoos Victoria

In 2011 Zoos Victoria in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, embarked on a campaign to raise awareness of the connection between the demise of gorillas and the increase in mobile phone production.

The campaign They’re Calling on Young provide the opportunity to support the conservation of Africa’s primate species by donating unused mobile phones.

In 2012 GSK Australia made an in-kind donation of 300 mobile phones and accessories with a second-hand value of approximately $7,700 which has supported fundraising efforts for primate conservation.

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