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
Launched in 2010, our Young Health Programme is a disease prevention programme that is uniquely focused on young people and the risk behaviours that lead to non-communicable disease (NCDs) such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart and respiratory disease. We work with many expert organisations to deliver local programming, generate new evidence, and advocate for change. At the core of our work is a commitment to ensure young people are engaged and have a voice in identifying their health needs as well as planning and delivering solutions. To date, we have reached more than 1.6 million youth globally.
AstraZeneca Australia - Corporate Social Responsibility program
In 2012, AstraZeneca Australia launched a three year 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 license in three separate communities in New South Wales. Through support from the New South Wales Government, this community led initiative was extended to a further nine sites enabling further impact on the lives of young indigenous people and their families.
The aim of the Driving Change initiative was 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 received help 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.
Over 600 young people registered and benefited 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 organisations 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.