2016

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is a charitable non-profit organisation that supports and assists people affected by severe allergies and anaphylaxis.

In 2016, GSK assisted A&AA by providing financial support to the sum of: 

  • $20 000 to support the development of a special edition of the Kids’ Food Allergies for Dummies resource specifically for parents of children newly diagnosed with a food allergy
  • $15,000 to support the review, print and distribution of the existing A&AA bookmark, Be a M.A.T.E
  • $10,000 to support the printing and distribution costs of posters and flyers for A&AA

 These donations totalling $45,000.

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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 2016, GSK supported Asthma Australia by providing financial support to the sum of:

  • One hundred and thirty thousand ($130,000) in total to be provided to Asthma Australia over two years (2016 – 2017) to develop and implement their COACH Program. Sixty five thousand ($65,000) was provided to Asthma Australia in 2016 and sixty five thousand ($65,000) will be provided to Asthma Australia in 2017. The program helps people with poorly controlled asthma a coach to help them set goals and achieve better general health through telephone and SMS.

 

During 2016 GSK also provided a donation equivalent to $9,390 in the form of:

  • 780 placebo Accuhaler devices
  • 1600 placebo MDI devices
  • 580 placebo Ellipta devices
  • 170 placebo Haleraids.

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Australian Olympics Committee

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) work to ensure that Australian Olympic athletes have the ability to train and perform to the best of their abilities on an international stage and level. GSK have a long standing relationship helping athletes.

During 2016, GSK supported the Australian Olympic Team through the donation of the equivalent of $150,000 in travel vaccinations and $2,340.74 in other pharmaceuticals.

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FareShare

Fareshare is a not-for-profit community organisation that commits itself to rescuing the food that would usually be disposed of and re-purposes it into nutritious meals for charities around Victoria including soup vans, homeless shelters, food banks and school breakfast programs.

In 2016, GSK supported FareShare through volunteering 20 employees to assist with the preparation of meals and a financial contribution of $1,500 over two days.

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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 2016 GSK donated 36,462 units of Physiogel Cream at the estimated cost of $124,457.58

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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 2016, GSK assisted Foundation 49 providing financial support to the sum of $66,000 to develop “Man Test”, an annual web based health assessment and educational tool.

GSK also bought tickets at a total of $200 for two people to attend the annual Foundation 49’s Men’s Health Business Breakfast 2016.

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

In 2016, GSK supported a range of activities for the Lung Foundation Australia including:

  • Providing $43,500 for the expansion of the Lungs in Action (LIA) program, which provides people with chronic lung disease the ability to undergo essential Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Providing $14,800 for the re-design and re-printing of the LFA patient handbook “Better Living with COPD- A Patient guide”. The guide provides a range of resources to patients and their carers to better manage their lung disease and the update ensures the currency of information provided to patients.

During 2016 GSK also provided a donation equivalent to $14,280 in placebo devices including:

  • 1650 placebo Accuhaler devices
  • 1630 placebo MDI devices
  • 1480 placebo Ellipta devices

The total donation by GSK during 2016 amounted to $72,580. 

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Meningitis Centre Australia

The Meningitis Centre Australia works towards raising public awareness for the signs and symptoms of meningitis and its various forms. The Centre lobbies for vaccines in Australia and works towards eliminating meningitis in Australia.

In 2016, GSK supported the Meningitis Centre providing $11,000 to assist with the updating, printing and production of patient facing materials.

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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.

In 2016, GSK supported Meningococcal Australia through assisting $17,988, for their attendance and MA exhibit at the Pregnancy, Baby and Children Expo in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. 

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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.

In 2016, GSK presented during the NYSF Partner Days in Canberra and hosted 50 students in the Next Step holiday program at GSK’s manufacturing site in Boronia. In addition to this, GSK provided $12,000 to support the delivery of the 2016 NYSF

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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 2016, GSK supported an independent grant to Polio Australia of $9,000 for the 2016 Post – Polio Conference ‘Polio – Life Stage Matters’, covering various stories as well as advice on how to cope with post-polio syndrome. 

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Princess Alexandra Foundation

The Princess Alexandra Foundation is a charity that raises money for medical research to be conducted on site at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland.

During 2016, GSK supported the Princess Alexandra Foundation through the donation of a medical fridge to be used in research. 

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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 2016, GSK supported PHAA with $4,000 for their travel and accommodation costs, assisting PHAA to conduct the first patient education and information day at PHSANZ. 

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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 2016, GSK supported Rare Cancers Australia by providing financial support to the sum of $25 000 for the second edition of their ‘Just a Little More Time’ report as well as post-launch activities. The report was presented at Parliament House in Canberra and shows an increase of awareness of Rare Cancers in Australia. 

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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 2016, GSK supported Rare Voices Australia through an independent grant of $15,000. This support helped RVA develop and implement a strategy for a National Plan for Rare Diseases. 

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Royal Institution of Australia Inc for Australian Science Channel “Body”

Royal Institution of Australia Inc for Australian Science (RiAus) is Australia’s national channel for promoting the public awareness and understanding of science. RiAus operates with the intention of making science not only enjoyable but also accessible to all Australians.

During 2016, GSK provided financial support to RiAus to the sum of $35,000 in order to deliver 12 months of Body Channel content for Australia’s Science Channel’s platform.

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Save the Children Australia

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

In 2016, GSK provided a donation of $50 000 to Save the Children for ongoing support of an Emergency Health Unit, while GSK Global provided a donation to the sum of $166,777.

In addition to this, GSK Australia provided financial support to the Save the Children M.Y. Van mobile youth services program to the sum of $50,000. The donation will be used to develop materials for health topics including:

  • Alcohol abuse (the use of digital beer goggles in an interactive drink driving test etc)
  • Sexual violence
  • Bullying
  • Sexual identity
  • Safe people and places
  • Addiction
  • Domestic violence

GSK has also donated $10,000 for the NSW Advisory Council. During the year employees raised $16,485 through various workplace funding activities over 2016, a sum matched by GSK Global.

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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 and 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 Track in Papua New Guinea.

In 2016, GSK provided $12,000 to support the project through the donation of travel vaccinations against Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, Typhoid and Malaria prophylaxis to participants who required them valued at $7,378.

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