Community Support

Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to conscientious citizenship and helping worthwhile causes. This principle is the pillar of an extensive – indeed worldwide – scope of charitable activities.


Grants, Giving & Corporate Sponsorship Support

As part of our mission to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases, Bristol-Myers Squibb Australia supports patient organisations through partnerships, grants and charitable contributions.

Support for Health Consumer Organisations
Health Consumer Organisations (HCOs) are not for profit organisations that represent the interests and needs of health care users or consumers. They may provide, for example, education and support services, advocate for health services and better standards of care and treatment.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Australia conducts its relationships with HCOs in keeping with the principles set out in the Working Together Guide: A guide to relationships between HCOs and pharmaceutical companies. This Guide was developed jointly by Medicines Australia and the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia, the national peak organisation for consumers.

In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb funded the following HCOs:

Asbestosis & Mesothelioma Association Australia
The Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Association of Australia offers assistance, information and guidance to people affected by and/or concerned about asbestos.
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb subsidised travel for a representative to attend a meeting in Sydney.

Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League
The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League is the peak body for peer-based drug user organisations in Australia. A large proportion of its work focuses on preventing blood bourne viruses, such as hepatitis C and HIV, for people who inject drugs.
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb subsidised travel for representatives to attend an international conference on harm reduction.

Brain Tumour Alliance
Brain Tumour Alliance Australia is a national brain tumour patient and caregiver organisation.
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb subsidised travel for a representative to attend a meeting in Sydney.

CanSpeak
CanSpeak is a prominent consumer advocacy body representing the interests of Australians whose lives have been affected by cancer.
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb subsidised travel for a representative to attend a meeting in Sydney.

Hearts4Heart
Hearts4Heart aims to raise awareness of heart disease and give patients equal access to advice, support, education and treatment. 
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb providing funding for:

  • Patient meetings
  • Support groups
  • Educational resources

Hepatitis Australia
Hepatitis Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides leadership and advocacy on viral hepatitis, as well as supporting partnerships to ensure the needs of Australians affected by, or at risk of, viral hepatitis are met.
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb provided funding to support the "Love Your Liver Project ". 

Hepatitis NSW
Hepatitis NSW is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit organisation. It provides information, support, referral and advocacy for people affected by viral hepatitis in NSW.
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb provided funding to support the "C Me Project".

Hepatitis Victoria
Hepatitis Victoria is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation and the peak body for people affected by, or at risk of, viral hepatitis in Victoria. 
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb supported the development of an online training program for healthcare professionals.

Kidney Health Australia
Kidney Health Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on improving kidney health for people with kidney and urinary tract diseases and their families and carers. Its initiatives aim to reduce the incidence of kidney disease in the Australian community.
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb funded a project to develop a resource kit for patients, their families and carers.

Living Positive Victoria
Living Positive Victoria is the peak body for people living with HIV and provides education, information and representation for Victorians living with HIV.
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb providing funding for:

  • HIV-awareness events
  • PosLink newsletter
  • Victorian Speakers' Bureau

Leukaemia Foundation
The Leukaemia Foundation funds research and provides free services to support people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders and their families. 
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb subsidised travel for a representative to attend a meeting in Sydney.

Lung Foundation Australia
Lung Foundation Australia supports all aspects of lung health from asthma to cancer to COPD.
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb subsidised travel for representatives to attend meetings in Sydney and Melbourne, and travel and accommodation for a meeting in Canberra.

Lymphoma Australia
Lymphoma Australia aims to support Australians touched by lymphoma, raise awareness and help fund research that may lead to a cure.
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb provided funding for:

  • Online platform for lymphoma survivors
  • Guide for lymphoma patients on their cancer journey
  • Travel for a representative to attend a meeting in Sydney

Melanoma Patients Australia
Melanoma Patients Australia is a patient driven organisation dedicated to meeting the needs of melanoma patients and their communities through a national network of support, information, advocacy and awareness programs. 
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb provided funding for:

  • Training of volunteer support group facilitators
  • Consumer forums
  • Travel for a representative to attend a meeting in Sydney

Myeloma Australia
Myeloma Australia aims to support Australians touched by myeloma, raise disease awareness and help fund research.
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb provided funding to support:

  • Patient and family seminars
  • Patient information packs

Stroke Foundation
The Stroke Foundation is the only national, not-for-profit organisation that works with stroke survivors, carers, health professionals, government and the public to reduce the impact of stroke in the Australian community. 
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb provided funding for:

  • Transient Ischemic Attack resources
  • StrokeSafe Community Talks program

Rare Cancers Australia
Rare Cancers Australia is a charity whose purpose is to improve awareness, support and treatment of Australians with rare and less common cancers.
In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb provided funding to support:

  • Major educational cancer event
  • Updated report on RLC cancers
  • Travel for a representative to attend a meeting in Sydney

Community Engagement
Bristol-Myers Squibb Australia provides charitable support to community-based organisations in a range of social and environmental areas.

In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb supported the following community based organisations:

Mates4Mates supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who have suffered physical or psychological wounds, injuries or illnesses as a result of their service. It provides physical and psychological rehabilitation programs for ADF members and their families. Bristol-Myers Squibb donated funds for Mates4Mates’ Equine Therapy Program.

Swags For Homeless manufactures Backpack Beds, an emergency relief bedding, to give dignity to homeless people who are turned away from shelter. It is distributed by over 400 homeless services across Australia.
In 2015, Bristol Myers Squibb donated funds to manufacture and distribute 168 Backpack Beds. 

Youngcare provides accommodation and care for young people with high care needs. Youngcare provides funding for eligible equipment, home modifications and services such as respite or in-home care so that young Australians with specialised needs can stay at home with their families.
In 2015, Bristol Myers Squibb donated funds for specialised equipment in a new Youngcare apartment in Brisbane.

Queensland AIDS Council is an independent community based health promotion charity. It delivers HIV prevention programs, client services for people with HIV, peer support through Queensland Positive People and a strong voice on HIV and gay issues.
In 2015, Bristol Myers Squibb donated funds to support the World AIDS Day candlelight vigil.

Harrisfield Primary School
In 2015, Bristol Myers Squibb donated funds to support Year 6 student scholarships.

Local Primary Schools
In 2015, Bristol Myers Squibb donated class sets of mini iPads to five public and special needs schools in the vicinity of our head office in Mulgrave, Victoria.