Supporting the community
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 the Young People
The Young Health Programme is our global community investment initiative. It has a unique focus on young people and the primary prevention of the most common non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart and respiratory disease - which are responsible for an estimated 38 million deaths each year.
AstraZeneca Australia - Corporate Social Responsibility program
In 2012 we launched a three year partnership with The George Insitutue 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 three separate communities in New South Wales. Through support from the New South Wales Government, this community led initative has now been extended to a further nine sites and aims to have a profound impact on the lives of young indigenous 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 leadrship 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.
To date, over 600 young people are registered and benefiting from the programme.
Over $60,000 has been raised as a result of employee fundraising efforts. More than 20 partner organisations have got involved in the development of the programme, including local businesses. community organisiations and government. Together, we hope to have created a sustainable programme that will contribute significantly to reducing road fatalities and improve health outcomes for young indigenous Australians.
Find out more details on the Driving Change programme.