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Asthma Australia

Asthma Australia and member 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 2017 GSK Australia supported the COACH Program Grant as part two of the grant from 2016. $130,000 in total was provided to Asthma Australia over two years (2016 – 2017) to develop and implement their COACH Program. $65,000 was provided to Asthma Australia in 2016 and $65,000 was provided 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.

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Foodbank NSW and ACT

Foodbank NSW&ACT 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 2017 GSK donated 163,552 tubes of Macleans toothpaste at an estimated cost of $257,646.

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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 2017, GSK bought tickets at a total of $1,100 for ten people to attend the annual Foundation 49’s Men’s Health Business Breakfast 2017.

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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 2017, GSK supported a range of activities for the Lung Foundation Australia including:

Expansion of Lungs in Action Program: $56,000
This program is based around the evidence-based intervention of pulmonary maintenance exercise. This provides people with chronic lung disease the essential need to maintain the gains achieved in pulmonary rehabilitation.

Social Media Campaign for Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Day and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Promotion & Patient Kits: $25,000

GSK sponsored a team to join the LFA Cycle Challenge, Brisbane at a cost of $550.

In 2017 GSK also made the following donations of placebo inhaler devices, amounting to an estimated total cost of $9,000.

  • 1,000 Ellipta demo devices
  • 1,000 Accuhaler devices, 
  • 1,000 MDI devices
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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 2017, GSK provided flights & accommodation for two people to attend and operate a stand at the Pregnancy & Baby Expo in Perth, Melbourne & Sydney to a cost of $7,365.

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National Asthma Council Australia

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

In 2017 GSK provided support for development of the Asthma Buddy Website & Asthma Handbook to a total cost of $52,400.

  • $45,500 supported development of the Asthma Buddy mobile website that will enable users to create individual asthma action plans that can be accessed online or via their mobile phone
  • $6,900 was provided to support the reprint and distribution costs for the My Asthma Guide handbook.

Additionally, in 2017 GSK donated 50 Ellipta, 50 Accuhaler and 50 MDI placebo devices at a cost of $450.

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National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia preserves and interprets Australia's social history, exploring the key issues, people and events that have shaped the nation.

in 2017, GSK made an in-kind donation of an Australian Antarctic Expedition "Tabloid" brand medicine chest to the National Museum of Australia to the value of $17,900.

The item is a painted metal chest with the words 'AUSTRALASIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1911' stencilled in red paint on the front. The chest was originally provided by GSK to Douglas Mawson for use in his Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

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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 seeks 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 2017, GSK provided $10,000 to support the annual Late Effects of Polio (LEoP) Self-Management Residential Program - an annual 3 night/4 day health and patient support activity (also referred to as Health and Wellness Retreat).

The objectives of the projects:

  • Elevate the level of knowledge and management of the LEoP across the patient, health and community sectors.
  • Improve the quality of life for people living with the LEoP.
  • Increase the confidence of people living with the LEoP to seek opportunities to participate more fully in their communities.
  • Provide carers of people living with the LEoP with the opportunity to discuss their own issues, share strategies, and receive peer support.
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Save the Children Australia

GSK has a longstanding partnership with Save the Children Australia. In 2017, GSK supported a range of activities for Save the Children including:

An independent charitable grant of $100,000 to support the running of the Mobile Youth Service Program (M.Y Van) and It Takes a Village.

  • M.Y. Van provides a platform that encourages young people to openly share their stories and experiences as young migrants and refugees. Weekly sessions support young people in Greater Western Sydney to express their thoughts and concerns and encourage them to share the impact they have on their sense of identity and belonging.
  • It Takes a Village (ITaV) supports the needs of migrant and refugee children, young people and families facing the challenges of starting a new life in Australia with little of no family support and often a history of trauma and loss. Funding supports various ITaV programs within metro and regional Victoria, including Echuca, Hume and housing estates in Inner Melbourne.

An independent charitable grant of $50,000 to support the Save the Children and University of Melbourne collaboration on the operational build-up of 'First 1,000 Days' (F1000DA). The grant was awarded to cover the cost of developing for formal accreditation initial F1000DA training modules.

In 2017 GSK also donated Macleans Kids ToothPaste and Brushes to support Save the Children's Indigenous 0-5yr old Program to improve the oral health in Katherine, NT at an estimated cost of $305.

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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 2017, GSK provided $13,755 to support one student and one GSK staff member’s participation in the Kokoda Project and donation of necessary vaccinations to participants who require them (including students, police members, two MICA Flight Paramedics and other sponsors who support the program and mentor the students).

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