Medtronic: Modelling good corporate citizenship


Medtronic, one of the world’s largest producers of medical devices, is a committed supporter of Northern Health, having made many generous donations over the years.

‘At Medtronic we have a long and proud history of philanthropy,’ says Andrew Wiltshire, senior director of Corporate Affairs. ‘Part of our philosophy as a company is to improve health and the development of healthcare services, plus educate and support future generations of physicians. We support Northern Health because we know that the Northern area is one of the fastest growing communities inVictoria, and as the population grows so too will the demand for health services.’

Medtronic’s recent support of Northern Health includes a significant donation to help fund a cardiology fellowship. ‘Cardiology is one of our key focus areas at Medtronic and we’re pleased to be able to help with this fellowship and train health professionals for the future,’ Andrew says.

Good corporate citizenship is an important factor in Medtronic’s corporate culture, and staff engagement is just one of the benefits that stem from their philanthropic support. ‘We see very clear benefits from our charitable involvement,’ Andrew explains. ‘Our charitable giving, whether that’s in the form of monetary donations, medical equipment or volunteer hours, provides not only a strong sense of engagement for our employees, but also provides important connections with communities where we live and work.’

 IMAGE: (Northern Health Director of Cardiology, A/Prof. William van Gaal, Medtronic Regional Sales Manager, Elizabeth Berry, Northern Health CEO, Greg Pullen)