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Australian Unity backs new report on Mutuals' access to capital

Australian Unity supports the recommendations in a report released by federal Treasurer Scott Morrison concerning the recognition of mutual organisations within the Corporations Act, and how mutuals can access capital. The report, known as the Hammond Report, makes 11 recommendations concerning the status and treatment of mutuals and co-operative organisation.  

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Unintended consequences of proposed banking legislation

Australian Unity has raised concerns about the potential for unintended consequences of proposed legislation regarding the accountability and remuneration of banking executives.

In a submission to Treasury dated 28 September, 2017, Australian Unity noted that the draft legislation failed to consider the case where an authorised deposit taking institution was a subsidiary of a larger organisation.
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Submission to health department discussion paper on in-home care

As provider of in-home care to tens of thousands of Australians. Australian Unity believes that consumer-directed care is an appropriate model for the in-home aged care sector, that (aside from special needs groups) a nationally consistent approach to assigning home care packages is in the best interests of older Australians, and that red-tape reduction for providers is a crucial goal in ensuring the sector's long- term sustainability. 

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CEO of Healthcare at Australian Unity speaks to Health Insurance Summit about mental health

CEO of Healthcare at Australian Unity, Amanda Hagan suggests people with anxiety and depression can be successfully treated through an innovative program that could help control burgeoning mental health costs in the health system. In a speech to the Health Insurance Summit, Ms Hagan warns the current funding arrangements in the health system are stifling innovation.   
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Australian Unity Submission to independent facilitator

Australian Unity is calling on the federal government for a change in the law to better recognise the status of mutual organisations in the Corporations Act and to enable mutual organisations to raise capital through a new form of instrument, a Mutual Capital Instrument.

The federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has appointed an Independent Facilitator, Greg Hammond AO, to examine whether and how to recognise mutual organisations in the Corporations Act, after an earlier Senate Inquiry into the matter.

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A new look at Aged Care quality standards

Australian Unity has provided views to the federal government on how Aged Care Quality standards can be improved.
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Australian Unity's view on NDIS costs

Australian Unity supports the NDIS model of consumer-directed care to deliver health and wellbeing outcomes for individual and value for communities and taxpayers. But getting the market design and cost structure right for both consumers and providers is critical to its sustainability. 
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Australia Day date debate gains traction after breakfast speech

Australian Unity's Great Australia Day breakfast in Parliament House was the venue for a speech by former Coalition minister Ian Macfarlane that stirred considerable discussion about whether 26th January is the appropriate date to celebrate Australia Day. 

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Australian Unity announces its Reconciliation Action Plan

Australian Unity’s 176-year history, while remarkable in itself, pales in comparison to the continuing connection to country that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have maintained.

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Australian Unity taking action to help the financially vulnerable

Australian Unity today shared its commitment to support those facing financial exclusion by announcing plans to develop a Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) by August 2017.

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Mutual and co-operative enterprises can play a greater role in nation’s economic future

Some of the key ideas in Australian Unity’s submission to the Senate Economic References Committee’s Inquiry into Mutual, Cooperative and Member Owned Firms have been endorsed by the committee in its recently released final report.

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Innovation in Social Infrastructure -Building the 2016 challenge

Let’s focus on business and systems innovation to meet the nation’s health and aged care challenge, says Rohan Mead.

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Health system Wastage - small steps you can take

You may think the issue of waste and inefficiency in the health system is too big a problem for you to make a difference. Don’t believe it.
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Health system wastage - your experiences shared

Your responses in support of our campaign for health system change.

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Is your health affected by where you live? 

Understand some of the issues in the debate over health system waste and inefficiency

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Connecting older Australians to their community through housing

Australian Unity Retirement Living CEO Derek McMillan spoke at the ADC “Creating Healthy Cities” conference about how the majority of older people prefer to ‘age in place’.
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Rohan Mead addresses the BCCM leaders summit - November 2015

Australian Unity believes there is a critical role for mutual organisations to play in the national economy.
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Remedy's mental health first

Remedy Healthcare has spent seven years researching and developing its first in kind mental health program.
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Health system wastage - share your experience

Calling on members to join our campaign for health system change and to share their experiences.
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Emerging trends in preventative health

Australian Unity believes there needs to be an investment aimed at improving systems of measurement for healthcare and its participants.

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Australian Unity's mental health submission

Australian Unity is happy to contribute to the Victorian government’s discussion on the state’s mental health strategy.
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Submission to the primary health care advisory group

Submission to the Federal Government’s Primary Health Care Advisory Group Discussion Paper on chronic and complex conditions. 
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CEDA luncheon

Rohan Mead, Australian Unity Group Managing Director, recently spoke about health reform at the CEDA Luncheon, “Enhancing hospital capacity: response to the Travis Review”. 
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Democracy round table

Australian Unity recently hosted a round table in Canberra to discuss the concepts of self-reliance and mutual aid in a modern democracy.
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Submission to the House of Representatives health committee

Australian Unity welcomes the opportunity to make a submission regarding best practice in preventative care and chronic disease management. 
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NAB health insights dinner

Australian Unity Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Amanda Hagan tells a National Australia Bank Healthcare Forum that encouraging preventive health programs across all health platforms is in a patient’s best interest. 
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The aged care maze

The aged care system is a complex maze, with new laws making it harder to navigate than ever.
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Peninsula Grange aged care official opening

Minister for Small Business and Federal Member for Dunkley, the Hon Bruce Billson MP, today officially opened Peninsula Grange Aged Care, Australian Unity’s newest residential aged care facility. 
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175th year anniversary

To mark its 175th anniversary this year, Australian Unity has published “Of No Personal Influence … How people of common enterprise unexpectedly shaped Australia”. 
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Submission to the Senate economics reference committee

Australian Unity welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Senate Economics Reference Committee on the role, importance and overall performance of co-operative, mutual and member-owned firms in the Australian economy.
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Get rid of the family home

Read Australian Unity Retirement Living Chief Executive Officer Derek McMillan’s op-ed which appeared in The Australian regarding the aged care pension. 
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Ms Jennifer Westacott's 2015 Australia Day address

In her Australia Day address, Business Council of Australia’s Chief Executive Ms Jennifer Westacott said Australia Day is a chance to remember what a wonderful country and community we live in as well as reflecting on the kind of country we want for the future. 
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Australian Unity's response on behalf of its members

The Competition Policy Review’s expert panel released a draft report in September outlining how competition could be improved for the benefit of all Australians. 
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The social infrastructure challenge

Australian Unity is focusing on six current issues to address the social infrastructure challenge: the complexity of aged care laws, more commitment to preventative health, putting the patient at the centre of health care, improving the value of financial advice and ensuring greater retirement savings.
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2014 AGM group Managing Director's address

"We can confidently say that the model we have adopted has served us extremely well over the past 175 years, and has served the community well across a broad range of sectors." 
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2014 AGM Chairman's address

"Our founders included a chief constable, three builders, a farrier, a brewer and a newspaper proprietor. There are perhaps a handful of Australian companies who can trace their roots back this far, and we are proud to be one of them."  
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Emerging trends in preventative health

Read Australian Unity Healthcare CEO Amanda Hagan's speech from the Health Insurance Summit, July 2014. 
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Nyunggai Warren Mundine Great Australia Day Breakfast address 2014

In his Great Australia Day Breakfast address held in Queen’s Hall at the Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne, Warren Mundine said indigenous Australians needed to "forgive Australia as a nation" and permit themselves to "love their country (and) take pride in Australia's successes and achievement". 
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Rohan Mead's speech to the AMA

Australia is facing a future of government-managed healthcare and growing rationing of health services unless we embrace market-based reforms,” group managing director Rohan Mead has warned. 
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Australian Unity GMD Rohan Mead on the BCA's prosperity plan 

Read the message from Australian Unity Group Managing Director Rohan Mead regarding the Business Council of Australia’s prosperity plan, released Thursday 1 August, as an important contribution to the national debate on Australia’s economic future. 
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A vision for our health system 

Australian Unity is urging the Federal Government to take a long-term view on health reform ahead of this year’s election. 
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Twists and turns for aged

Read Australian Unity Retirement Living Chief Executive Officer Derek McMillan’s op-ed which appeared in The Australian regarding government funding for residential aged care. 
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Senate inquiry submission - aged care

Derek McMillan, Chief Executive Officer – Retirement Living, Australian Unity, has appeared before the Senate Community Affairs Committee (“the Committee”) to give evidence at the Inquiry into the Aged Care (Living Longer, Living Better) Bill 2013. 
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Senate inquiry submission - health insurance

Inquiry into the Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment (Base Premium) Bill 2013. 
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Government needs to focus on long-term plan for healthcare

Read Australian Unity Group Managing Director Rohan Mead's op-ed which appeared in the Australian Financial Review stating “the health needs and expectations of the rapidly ageing Australian population over the next 40 years will be an enormous and growing cost for future state and federal governments, whatever agreement has been made by the incumbents.” 
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Medicare select

As part of our commitment to the wellbeing of all Australians, we support Medicare Select, a system designed to bridge the gap between public and private health services. 
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