Archive of posts tagged 'insurance'

Life insurers must end unlawful mental health discrimination, following VEOHRC report

June 12, 2019

PIAC’s Mental Health and Insurance Project has welcomed changes by several major travel insurers that will prevent discrimination against people with mental health conditions, but called for urgent action to end widespread discrimination by life insurers. ‘The removal of outdated … read more

Submission to the Financial Services Council on the Consultation Draft of the Life Insurance Code of Practice

February 28, 2019

PIAC welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on the FSC Consultation Draft on the Life Insurance Code of Practice (Consultation Draft Code). This submission focuses on issues relating to discrimination by insurers regarding mental health and builds on the comments … read more

Opinion: Royal Commission highlights appalling conduct of insurers re mental health

September 13, 2018

Round 6 of the Royal Commission into the Financial Services Industry opened this week, with the spotlight turning to insurers. Among the cache of reprehensible conduct laid out in the opening statement of Rowena Orr QC, was how life insurers … read more

Banking Royal Commission: insurers must end mental health discrimination

September 10, 2018

PIAC has called for urgent action by insurers to make policies and practices fair for people who have experienced a past or current symptom of a mental health condition, on the first day of the Banking Royal Commission’s hearings in … read more

Banking royal commission: Insurers might be breaking anti-discrimination laws

September 8, 2018

‘Insurers are using eating disorders from teenage years, wedding anxiety symptoms and “low feelings” to deny coverage and claims on mental health grounds, potentially breaking anti-discrimination laws, mental health advocates say…’

Time to end mental health discrimination by insurers: submission to the Banking Royal Commission

May 16, 2018

PIAC’s submission to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has highlighted widespread, systemic discrimination by insurers on the basis of mental health. PIAC has been working with beyondblue, Mental Health Australia and Victoria … read more

Insurers under mounting pressure to reform mental health practices 

December 1, 2017

beyondblue, Mental Health Australia (MHA) and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) welcome the Federal Government’s royal commission into the financial services sector.  The practices of insurance companies will be scrutinised as part of the royal commission into misconduct in the … read more

Banks Royal Commission should consider mental health insurance discrimination

November 29, 2017

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre has supported calls by Llew O’Brien, Member for Wide Bay, for mental health discrimination by insurance providers to be examined as part of any Royal Commission into the financial services industry. For years, PIAC has been working with beyondblue, Mental … read more

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