Peace of Mind Podcast

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In this first episode, Elayne introduces the Institute's new Green Paper on Mental Health and Insurance, in conversation with co-author of the Paper, Geoff Atkins. With 1 in 5 Australians affected by a mental health condition in any 12-month period, Geoff describes it as a 'mega trend' in society right now. Here, we explore the complex challenges of insuring mental illness, including subjectivity around diagnosis, lack of reliable data, and ineffective regulatory frameworks.

Host

Elayne Grace
Deputy CEO and Head of Public Policy, Actuaries Institute

Guests

Geoff Atkins
Principal, Finity Consulting
          Co-author ‘Mental Health and Insurance’ Green Paper
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Dr Derek Lovell
Clinical Psychiatrist Specialist in Forensic Psychiatry
          Consultant to insurance industry via casework

Publications

Actuaries Institute Mental Health and Insurance Green Paper

Credits

Host: Elayne Grace
Producer: Stephanie Quine
Sound Engineer: Ian Cook



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Co-chair of the National Mental Health Commission, Lucy Brogden, joins Elayne to discuss the state and spread of mental health conditions in Australia; the importance of insurance in the treatment response; and how the Government’s Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan will impact the lives of people living with mental health issues.

Guest

Lucy Brogden,
Co-chair, National Mental Health Commission

Credits

Host: Elayne Grace
Producer: Stephanie Quine

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Did you know TAL paid out more than $210 million dollars for mental health claims this year? That's second only to the number of claims it paid out for cancer. Here, Brett and Elayne discuss challenges on the claims side of insuring mental illness, and how the industry is making practical improvements, especially in training claims managers and collaborating with other bodies.

Guest

Brett Clark
CEO, TAL

Credits

Host: Elayne Grace
Producer: Stephanie Quine