Supporting the community

At AstraZeneca Australia, we consider our responsibility to the community as an integral part of all that we do and all that we are.

Young Health Programme (YHP)

The YHP is a disease prevention programme that works with expert organisations around the world to combine research, advocacy and on-the-ground programmes to improve the health and life chances of young people. 

Our focus is on reducing risk behaviours such as smoking, the harmful use of alcohol, poor diet and lack of exercise that can lead to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cancers and respiratory and heart diseases in later life. Our approach is based on exploring the science and learning and innovating in this complex area.

We are committed to ensuring that young people have a voice in identifying their health needs, in planning and delivering solutions, and in innovating and experimenting to advance practice.

The Young Health Programme is AstraZeneca’s global community investment initiative

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AstraZeneca Australia - Corporate Social Responsibility program

In 2018, and as part of the Young Health Programme, AstraZeneca’s global community investment programme, AstraZeneca Australia and Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation have kicked off a three-year project to develop the first curriculum-integrated kitchen garden program model for Australian secondary schools.

The secondary years program model will continue the learning of students who experienced a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program in primary school as they transition into the secondary years. It will also expand the benefits of pleasurable food education to students who haven’t previously been part of a kitchen garden program.

The aim is to design an impactful program that fosters positive food habits in Australian secondary school students, backed by engagement with secondary schools and their communities and ongoing evaluation of their needs. The program targets students in Years 7–12, typically aged from 12–18 years old.

Drawing on the Kitchen Garden Foundation’s experience, the Young Health Programme will support the Foundation to develop targeted professional learning and educational resources for secondary school educators, empowering them to deliver a hands-on pleasurable food education program specific to the needs of this sector.

About the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

The Kitchen Garden Foundation was established by Stephanie Alexander AO in 2004, in response to the success of the pilot Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program at Collingwood College, Melbourne, from 2001.

The purpose of the Foundation is to introduce pleasurable food education to children during their learning years, in order to form positive food habits for life. Pleasurable food education teaches children to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal, delicious food.

The Foundation provides the inspiration, information, professional development, educational resources and support to schools and early learning centres to deliver pleasurable food education, currently supporting more than 1700 schools and learning centres across Australia.

Operating with a small, dedicated team across Australia, the Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation that relies on the generosity, shared vision and commitment of schools, volunteers, philanthropic organisations, governments, businesses and individuals.

For more information on the Foundation, please visit

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