With millions of members and retail outlets throughout Australia, Medibank is part of the landscape. Our reach gives us exciting opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of our members, and of all Australians.
We are about better health, but we know that being healthy means different things to different sectors of the community.
Medibank is committed to tackling the growth of childhood obesity at a national level. This chronic problem, affecting one in four Australian children from all backgrounds, brings with it a range of serious long-term problems for the community and the health sector. We are working to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the next generation of Australians.
We seek to connect our people with the causes that are close to their hearts, through our volunteering and giving programs. This core commitment shapes our investment in health research, grants for our Community and Indigenous programs, and partnership with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
We see it as our corporate responsibility and believe that our investment today is an important way of building better community health and wellbeing (in all its forms) for tomorrow.
Indigenous Health & Wellbeing
Medibank stands For Better Health, and we believe everyone has the right to good health. To this end, we recognise we have a role to play in addressing the huge challenge of health inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians. We are proud that we were the first private health insurer to launch a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2012.
It takes a whole of community approach to close the gap, and it takes a whole organisation approach for us to realise our contribution.
Our Indigenous Employment Strategy is part of our RAP commitment and an important step towards lifting Indigenous employment throughout the organisation.
A culture of giving
We know that the act of giving contributes to our health and wellbeing. By encouraging volunteering across the organisation, instituting workplace giving, and gift-matching, we support a ‘culture of giving’ at Medibank. This contributes to the health and wellbeing of our people and the communities we support.
Workplace Giving Program – Doubling the dollars
Whether it is $5 or $25, our employees can choose to make a tax-free donation to a good cause as part of their regular salary payments through our Workplace Giving Program. Medibank then matches these donations to the value of $1,000 per employee, annually. By doubling the dollars, our Workplace Giving program contributes around $180,000 in much-needed funds each year to community programs that make a difference.
Each Medibank employee is entitled to one ‘community day’ a year, with full pay, to give back to the community through volunteering. This program encourages our people to step out of their usual job and comfort zone to contribute physically to a community cause that they connect with. We’re increasingly focused on matching the skills, talents and capabilities of our people to organisations where these skills are needed most.
We created another reason for kids to go outdoors – a new play space in the Yarraville community. But not just any play space, one that’s designed to delight kids’ imaginations and inspire active play, going beyond the expected.