AstraZeneca’s medicines and the things we do touch peoples’ lives worldwide. With a global business comes global responsibility to the communities in which we operate. For us it’s not just a mantra; it’s a way of doing, thinking, feeling and acting.
At AstraZeneca Australia we consider our responsibility to the community as an integral part of all that we do and all that we are.
Supporting Young People
Globally, AstraZeneca has introduced a Young Health Programme to help vulnerable young people around the world understand and have a positive impact to tackle the health issues they face.
In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people have some of the worst health outcomes of any Australians and often face significant barriers in gaining access to education, employment and health services.
One of the major contributors to this for many young Indigenous Australians is gaining a drivers licence.
In 2012 we launched a partnership with The George Institute for Global Health, an Australian-based research institute committed to improving the health of millions of people worldwide through research. Together we created ‘Driving Change’ – The AstraZeneca Australia Young Health Programme - a unique initiative designed to assist young Indigenous Australians on their journey to getting a licence in six separate communities in New South Wales. Driving Change, which is supported by the New South Wales government, is a community led programme that aims to have a profound impact of the lives of Indigenous young people and their families.
Driving Change aims to reduce the many and varied barriers young Aboriginal people face when trying to earn and maintain a licence. Through the leadership of a community based Indigenous driver licencing champion, young drivers are helped to navigate barriers such as obtaining a birth certificate, navigating the fines system, assistance when taking the learners test and access to a vehicle, through the programme
Through our partnership with The George Institute, the State government and our own staff fundraising efforts we hope to create a sustainable programme which will contribute significantly to reducing road fatalities and improving health outcomes for young Indigenous Australians.
For more details on the Driving Change programme click here.