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Medicines Australia provides support for bushfire-affected communities

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Media Release

Medicines Australia, the peak body for  the innovative medicines industry, will donate $150,000 to the Red Cross bushfire appeal and Rare Cancers Facemasks for Firies appeal to support communities affected by the ongoing bushfire crisis.

“It has been heartbreaking to see the devastation unfolding due to Australia’s ongoing bushfire emergency which has tragically claimed lives, destroyed properties, displaced communities and had a terrible impact on our wildlife,” Medicines Australia CEO, Elizabeth de Somer said.

“In recognition of the scale of this disaster, Medicines Australia will be donating $150,000 to the Australian Red Cross bushfire appeal and the Rare Cancers Facemasks for Firies appeal.

“Beyond these measures announced today, we have been working closely with the Department of Health and the NSW and Victorian health organisations to ensure that supply of critical medicines is not interrupted to these affected communities at a hospital, pharmacy and individual level,” Ms de Somer said.

This donation is in addition to others within the innovative medicines industry who have also pledged to support bushfire victims through financial donations, prescription and non-prescription medicines, breathing equipment and personal care items.

Medicines Australia and the medicines industry will continue to work with the effected communities and the State and Federal governments to support access to medicines during this difficult time.



Further enquiries:

Natalie Wimmer,
Media and Communications Manager,
Medicines Australia


As COVID19 continues to spread, our thoughts go out to anyone who has been infected or impacted. We hope that you are taking the necessary precautions to keep safe and well, both at work and at home.

Medicines Australia continues to monitor the situation and take advice from the Department of Health and the World Health Organisation. We are focused on responding to the important short-term issues but are also ensuring we stay balanced and maintain a focus on the medium and long-term business for our industry along with the well-being of our people.

At Medicines Australia we have initiated the following to ensure we support containment measures to provide business continuity and the well-being of our staff.

  • All non-essential travel has been restricted or cancelled
  • All face-to-face meetings (with external stakeholders and members) have been changed to virtual meetings (where appropriate)
  • Staff have been provided with the latest official information on COVID-19 through a hot-link on the office intranet; this information is regularly monitored and updated
  • Flexible working arrangements are covered in our HR policy which will allow staff to work remotely, if or when required
  • Current IT infrastructure enables staff to work remotely and will be in use if any person needs to self-isolate
  • Visual reminders have been displayed around the office, providing information about best hygiene practices
  • Extra hand-sanitiser, tissues and cleaning products have been supplied to staff for their work spaces

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