Quality is helping others in need
Each year, the employees at Melbourne Pathology select two charities to support through fundraising events. All proceeds go directly to the chosen charities. Our major fundraiser is the end-of-year Staff Charity Ball.
In 2020, due to COVID-19, we were unable to hold our annual end of year Staff Charity Ball. Instead, Melbourne Pathology organised a raffle with donations going to a staff selected charity. The two charities selected by staff were Cottage by the Sea and Haemophilia Foundation Victoria.
Located in Queenscliff, Victoria, Cottage by the Sea has been providing children in need with inspiration, fun and opportunity through tailored programs for 130 years. The young people who attend are chosen with the help of schools and welfare agencies from all around Australia.
Haemophilia Foundation Victoria (HFV) is a not-for-profit community organisation committed to delivering health promotion, providing support and encouraging positive health outcomes for people in Victoria affected by haemophilia and other genetic bleeding disorders.
In 2019, Melbourne Pathology staff selected Share the Dignity as the charity to support for the end of year Staff Charity Ball. Share the Dignity is a national charity with over 4,500 volunteers. Their mission is to provide homeless and at risk women and girls around Australia with unrestricted access to sanitary products, offering them a sense of dignity at a time when they need it most.
Melbourne Pathology also supports one other staff selected charity each year in lieu of Christmas gifts. In 2019, we made a charitable donation to Multiple Sclerosis Limited (MS). MS offers a suite of services and support to help minimise the impact of living with multiple sclerosis, while the search for a cure continues.
In 2018, we supported Drought Angels and Streetsmart. Drought Angels assist farming families affected by natural disasters Australia-wide. Their level of support consists of providing stock feed, financial support and local produce vouchers from within the communities, moral support through personal face-to-face or phone contact and referrals to other support networks.
StreetSmart is a community based organization that raises funds and awareness to bring about change for people at risk or experiencing homelessness.
As a medically-led organisation, Sonic Healthcare has an additional role to play in helping to improve the healthcare and lives of people in some of the world’s most disadvantaged areas- such as in the Goma region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan. Sonic’s Catalyst Program helps communities develop locally based, self-sustaining pathology and radiology services by providing training, equipment and support to local hospitals and their staff. We also provide funding, materials and support for a variety of community projects, especially those that focus on the welfare of women, children and Indigenous communities.
Sonic Healthcare Environmental Policy Commitment
As part of Sonic Healthcare, Melbourne Pathology recognises our corporate responsibility to respect and improve the environment in which we work and live. Our company is committed to meeting all relevant regulatory and legislative environmental requirements, to achieve continual improvement in environmental performance and to prevent pollution. In addition, we are committed to identifying and reducing waste and our consumption of resources providing education and training for our staff on environmental matters disaster mitigation through emergency planning to reduce adverse environmental outcomes.
Our management understands its responsibility with regard to protecting our environment and will work to enable employee commitment and involvement that increases environmental awareness. This will, in turn, greatly assist continual improvement.
In accordance with the Sonic Values of "Demonstrating Responsibility and Accountability" and "Enthusiasm for Continuous Improvement", our environmental policy includes a commitment to transparency of compliance. We will establish and maintain procedures which specify our environmental objectives and targets and facilitate their regular review.
We will assume a leadership role in our diagnostic practices by encouraging our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to mirror our commitment to environmental responsibility.