Insurers Campaign to Raise Health Awareness

Two of Australia’s largest life insurers, TAL and AIA Australia are at the centre of campaigns to promote wellness and lift awareness of healthy behaviours to the general public.

AIA Australia & NZ CEO, Damien Mu

AIA Australia has announced it will conduct the second annual Australia’s Healthiest Workplace Survey, which is free and open to companies with at least 20 employees.

Companies joining the survey, which examines employee lifestyle, clinical indicators, stress and mental health ,will have until the end of June to provide their results. These will be analysed and compared to health trends in the workplace, and the winners of Australia’s Healthiest Employer, Healthiest Employees and Healthiest Workplace will be announced at the end of 2018.

The insurer will also provide participating employees a personal overview of their health and wellbeing and employers will receive a benchmarking report to help improve business productivity and wellbeing in the workplace.

“We’ve seen an alarming number of referrals…with almost 1 in 4 needing more tests…”

AIA Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive, Damien Mu said the survey and reports “…will serve our goal of helping Australia to become the healthiest and most protected nation in the world, and Australians to live healthier, longer, better lives”.

Meanwhile, TAL has completed the first year of its national SpotChecker initiative, providing 1330 people with free skin checks from skin cancer doctors.

TAL, General Manager , Health Services, Sally Phillips

The life insurer visited beaches in Sydney, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth over summer and found that 51 per cent of people visiting the SpotChecker clinics had never had a skin check and 24 per cent, or 317 people, were referred for further testing.

TAL General Manager, Health Services, Dr Sally Phillips, said, “We’ve seen an alarming number of referrals come out of our TAL SpotChecker series, with almost 1 in 4 needing more tests, emphasising the need for further awareness of the importance of regular professional skin checks as well as self-checking in early detection of skin cancer”.

The insurer, in conjunction with its brand partner, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, aims to expand the number of people tested to over 27,000 over the coming months.