2015

During 2015, GSK Australia provided $627,458 in either financial support or donations to the following patient and community groups:

Andrews Creek Primary School

Andrews Creek Primary School is in the vicinity of GSK’s Latrobe site in Tasmania.

In 2015 GSK’s Opiates business provided a one of community donation of $4166 to support with the engagement of a Discovery Ranger visiting the school and in doing so foster students understanding, appreciation and concern for the local aquatic environment.

 

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Asthma Australia (incl state based foundations)

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.

During 2015:

GSK Australia provided a range of support to Asthma Australia in 2015 including:

  • An independent restricted grant of $AUD54,000 to support the development of a digital patient education tool designed. 
  • Donation of 1,000 Asthma Control Test (Asthma Score) note pads (donation value of $500). These note pads were used as part of the organisation’s disease awareness activities in National Asthma Week.
  • Partnership in a GSK led disease awareness campaign ‘Asthma; Know Your Options’

Direct support was also provided to Asthma Foundation Victoria (a member of Asthma Australia). Support included:

  • Donation 4,000 MDI placebo inhalers, 500 accuhaler placebo devices and 500 Ellipta placebo devices. These devices were donated for training purposes and intended for single person use.

Our support represented less than 5%of their overall income.

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Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation

The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) aims to protect and enhance women’s health by eliminating cervical cancer and enabling treatment for women with cervical cancer and related health issues, both in Australia and in developing countries.

Through its women’s health and wellbeing programs, ACCF is committed to improving health and reducing poverty and disadvantage and in turn contribute to sustainable development.

During 2015 GSK Australia provided ACCF with an independent grant of $20,000 to support the development of a mobile app aimed to improve cervical cancer prevention awareness and adherence to cervical screening.

Our support represented less than 5%of their overall income.

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Brain Tumour Alliance Australia

Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA) is the only national patient and caregiver organisation in Australia dedicated to supporting patients with brain turnours. BTAA was established in 2008 by a group of brain tumour patients as well as current and former care givers. 

During 2015 GSK Australia provided an independent grant of $6,000 to support BTAA build additional functionality to their existing website. This functionality will allow the organisation to be more effective in managing their online membership subscriptions.

Our support represented less than 15% of their overall income.

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Cancer Council (Victoria)

The Cancer Council of Victoria delivers innovative cancer research, prevention and support. The organisation plays a critical role in reducing the impact of all cancers.

Staff at GSK’s Abbotsford office organised an internal fundraising event for Daffodil Day. Fundraising activities raised $666, which was then matched by GSK. In total, $1,332 was donated to Cancer Council Victoria as a result of this staff initiative.

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Fabry Australia

Fabry Australia is a not-for-profit community organisation formed by patients, relatives and friends of those with Fabry Disease. Fabry Australia seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the disease, its effects and potential treatments, therapies and healthcare solutions.

In 2015 GSK Australia provided an independent grant of $15,000 to support costs associated with a strategic planning day as well as a Fabry patient conference.

 

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Foodbank (NSW)

Foodbank NSW is Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation.  The organisation is a  non-denominational, non-profit organisation which acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry. It was first established in 1992 in NSW and now has a presence in every state and the Northern Territory with distribution centres in all state capitals as well as a number of regional centres. 

GSK have an ongoing partnership with Foodbank providing donations of any relevant and appropriate over the counter products from our Consumer Healthcare team.

In 2015 we provided the following product donations:

  • Mcleans toothpaste from a range of SKUs x 40,582 units
  • Polident and polident partials x 18,798 units

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Foundation 49: Men's Health

Foundation 49: Men’s Health’s goal is to help Australian men to live longer and healthier lives through public awareness raising and the provision of information and resources.  

In 2015 GSK Australia provided an independent grant of $30,000 to enable Foundation 49 to support 15 local community groups, each being allocated $2,000 to facilitate a men’s health event or activity.

In addition to this grant, two GSK employees attended Foundation 49’s Men’s Health Business Breakfast, a fundraising event held during the International Men’s Health Awareness Week. Total sum paid for tickets to this event was $200.

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Geneva Christian College

Geneva Christian College is in the vicinity of GSK’s Latrobe site. 

In 2015 GSK’s Opiates business provided a one off community donation of $4,166. This money was used to purchase soil and turf treatment for the school oval.

 

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Latrobe Primary School

Latrobe Primary School is in the vicinity of GSK’s Tasmanian site.

In 2015 GSK’s Opiates business provided a community donation of $4166 to support the installation of playground equipment.

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Lung Foundation Australia

Lung Foundation Australia supports all aspects of lung health from asthma and COPD to cancer, providing community education and a toll-free patient information and support centre.

The organization also supports research, develops educational fact-sheets, trains health professionals, and undertakes community awareness activity and advocacy around Australia.

In 2015 GSK Australia provided a range of support in 2015 including: 

  • An independent grant of $50,000. Of this sum, $44,200 was allocated to support the Lungs in Action program and $5,800 was allocated to support local patient advocacy and support groups associated with the Lung Foundation
  • Donation of 85 accuhaler placebo devices, 195 MDI placebo devices and 400 Ellipta placebo devices used for healthcare worker training (total value for this donation: $2,040

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Meningococcal Australia

Meningococcal Australia seeks to improve community awareness about the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease (bacterial meningitis and/or septicaemia). The organisation works to educate the community about the disease and lobbies for appropriate prevention and treatment options for patients.

In 2015 GSK Australia supported Meningococcal Australia by providing travel and accommodation assistance to enable the organisation to participate in media activities related to the public campaign ‘Know, Check, Act’. Travel and accommodation costs totalled $1,540.

 

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National Asthma Council

The National Asthma Counil is an Australian non-profit body which serves the community by creating awareness and providing information about asthma for patients and carers.

In 2015 GSK Australia provided a range of support for the National Asthma Council including:

  • An independent grant of $29,800 to support the development of a digital social hub for parents and children with asthma and an  independent grant of $8,900 to support the printing of Asthma Action Plans.
  • Donation of 250 accuhaler placebo devices, 250 Ellipta placebo devices and 200 MDI placebo devices for the purpose of community health worker training. Donation value: $2,100
  • Partnership with in a GSK led disease awareness campaign ‘Asthma; Know Your Options’

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National Youth Science Forum

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) 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 has a long-standing partnership with the NYSF providing financial support to help with the costs for running the summer camps.

In 2015 we provided $10,000 and hosted a factory tour for 46 students at our Boronia facility first hand insights into the world of medicine manufacturing.

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Pharmacy Guild (South Australian Branch)

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is the national peak body representing community pharmacy. It seeks to serve the interests of its members and to support community pharmacy in its role delivering quality health outcomes for all Australians.

In 2015 GSK Australia provided the Pharmacy Guild with 1,440 Ventolin inhalers as part of the South Australian bushfire response.

 

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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 has been a key supporter of the school for some time.  

In 2015 GSK’s Opiates business provided a one off community donation of $50,000.

 

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Port Fairy Community Services Centre

Port Fairy Community Services Centre provides the Port Fairy township with a number of support services including children’s services, maternal and child health services, consulting rooms for visiting specialists, community group meeting rooms and Council rooms.

In 2015 GSK’s Opiates business provided a one off community donation of $25,000 to support the Centre’s Early Years Learning Program.

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Port Sorrell Primary School

Port Sorell Primary School is in the vicinity of GSK’s Tasmanian site.

In 2015 GSK’s Opiates business provided a one off community donation of $4166.66 to support the purchase of basic science equipment. 

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Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Australia

Pulmonary Hypertension Australia (PHAA) seeks to provide hope, support and education to their members as well as advocacy for the pulmonary hypertension community. The organisation is managed by patients, family members and friends who have been impacted by pulmonary hypertension.

In 2015 GSK Australia provided independent restricted grant of $3,000 to cover the travel and accommodation costs of two staff members to attend the annual conference of the Pulmonary Hypertension Society of Australia and New Zealand. In their capacity as invited guests at the conference, PHAA sought to strengthen their relationship with the Society and provide information to nurses about the type of patient support they offer.

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Polio Australia

Polio Australia provides quality information and services to ensure polio survivors have access to appropriate health care and support. As well as providing patient support, Polio Australia 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 2015 GSK Australia provided independent restricted grant of $10,000 to support with the costs associated with the annual Polio Australia Retreat. This retreat provides support for those living with the effects of post polio syndrome and the late effects of polio. 

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Rare Cancers Australia

Rare Cancers Australia is a charity whose purpose is to improve awareness, support and treatment of Australians with rare and less common (RLC) cancers. Every year there are over 44,000 diagnoses of RLC Cancers and around 24,000 deaths. As distinct from common cancers (breast, prostate, bowel, lung and melanoma) there is very little patient support offered to RLC cancer patients.

In 2015 GSK Australia provided independent restricted grant of $20,000 to sponsor the organisation’s annual Sick or Treat fundraising gala and supplementary communications campaign. The theme for the 2015 campaign was centred on the real life issues that exist for patients requiring treatment for rare and less common cancers and what is needed to address this.  In additional to the gala event (held in Melbourne and Sydney) Rare Cancers Australia also held a parliamentary event, a day-long conference to present and discuss innovative and challenging ideas on cancer as well the dissemination of social media and online content.

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Rare Voices Australia

Rare Voices Australia (RVA) is a national organisation advocating for patients living with a rare disease and their carers. They aim to promote a healthcare policy and system that works for those with a rare disease by working with government, researchers, clinicians and industry groups. RVA also provides information to individuals and links other rare disease support groups and organisations.

In 2015 GSK Australia provided independent restricted grant $15,000  to support the Forgotten Ones photography project. Designed to raise awareness about rare diseases and the broad impact they have, the focus of this campaign was centred on siblings of patients rather than patients themselves.

Rare Voices also received an independent grant of $15,000 to support the development of an implementation strategy for a national plan for rare diseases.

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Rotary Club of Ryde

Members of the Rotary Club carry out a variety of humanitarian, educational and cultural exchange projects that improve people’s lives at both the local and world levels.  The Rotary Club of Ryde coordinate fundraising activities for "Circus Quirkus", a program for underprivileged children to attend an exciting circus performance.

In 2015 GSK’s Consumer Healthcare business funded 10 Show Passes for children valued at $110 each.

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St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School is in the vicinity of GSK’s Latrobe site in Tasmania.

In 2015 GSK’s Opiates business provided a one off community donation of $4,166. This funding was used to purchase additional resources to support early years literacy and numeracy programs. 

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St Patrick's Parish Primary School

St Patrick's Parish Primary School is in the vicinity of GSK’s Port Fairy site in regional Victoria.

In 2015 GSK’s Opiates business provided a one off community donation of $50,000. This was unrestricted funding to support the schools efforts in the ongoing education of children in the community. 

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Save the Children Australia

Save the Children is Australia's largest aid and development agency dedicated to helping children and a global partner of GSK. 

During 2015 GSK Australia provided a number of charitable donations including:

  • $100,000 to support the organisation's Mobile Youth Van program.
  • $50,000 to support the establishment of an Emergency Health Unit for the Pacific region. This funding was supplemented by 100,000GBP from GSK's Global Health Program.
  • $10,000 to support the Youth Advisory Council in Sydney, providing young people with skills for long-term career development.

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Sassafras Primary School

Sassafras Primary School is in the vicinity of GSK’s Latrobe site in Tasmania.

In 2015 GSK’s Opiates business provided a one of community donation of $4,166 to support the redevelopment of their kindergarten playground.

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Victoria Police

GSK Australia has been a long-standing supporter of the Victoria Police Kokoda Project, supporting the initiative since it began in 2005. 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. 

In 2015 we donated vaccinations of Havarix (Hepatitis A), Typherix (Typhoid), Boostrix (Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) and Malarone (Malaria prophylaxis) for each of the participants (valued at $7,199.50) and by providing the costs for one student ($6,000) and one staff member ($6,000) to participate.

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