2019

Asthma Australia

Asthma Australia is a for-purpose, consumer organisation with a history of improving the lives of people with asthma. They provide disease education, information, research, community advocacy and support to people with asthma and as well as their carers.

In 2019, GSK donated $75,000 for year one of a two-year project: Delivery of Emergency Department Discharge Protocol (EDP) in Victoria. The project aims to develop and implement an optimised and systematic discharge planning protocol for patients who have attended the Emergency Department for management of an acute asthma episode.

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Lung Foundation Australia

Lung Foundation Australia supports all aspects of lung health from asthma and COPD to pulmonary hypertension and 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 2019, GSK supported the following Lung Foundation Australia activities.

  • Lungs in Action Program Evaluation
    A program 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. GSK supported Lung Foundation Australia to undertake an impact evaluation of the Lungs in Action program model in 2019 to determine its effectiveness and the outcomes realised for participants (in line with the Lungs in Action 3 Year Strategic Plan).

  • Pulmonary Hypertension Program 2019
    Providing up-to-date information and education to people impacted by PAH. Expanding the reach of this information and education via digital platforms for people with PAH who live in rural and remote locations. Increasing the awareness of PAH in the community to support early diagnosis

Additionally, in 2019 GSK donated 1,000 each of placebo demonstration Metered Dose Inhalers, Elliptas and Accuhalers to help improve COPD patients' medicine adherence through correct inhaler device technique education.

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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 2019, GSK provided $20,000 for costs associated with attendance and stall operations at five Pregnancy and Baby Expos across Australia (Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne).

Meningitis Centre Australia also received $1,800 as a charitable donation chosen by GSK staff members as part of internal GSK recognition activities.

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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 2019 GSK provided $58,000 to support an update, print run (50,000 copies) and distribution of My Asthma Guide – My Handbook for Managing Asthma. This provides a comprehensive summary of asthma diagnosis and management for people with asthma and their families.

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Staff fundraising and donations

In 2019 GSK staff selected charities to receive financial donations as part of internal recognition activities. The following organisations received $1,800 each.

  • Indigenous Marathon Foundation
  • Rotarians Against Malaria
  • Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience
  • Save the Children Australia

Employees also raised over $5,000 for Save the Children Australia during our 2019 'Orange United' week.

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