September 26, 2019
September 26, 2019 | Risk Pulse
The industry is coming together for positive change
This week Zurich had the honour of being part of the inaugural Professional Planner, Risk Advice Summit, which we co-sponsored with AIA. The event brought together key industry stakeholders from insurers, regulators, advisers and politicians to discuss some of the big challenges confronting us today. Zurich CEO Tim Bailey was on a leadership panel in addition to Head of corporate affairs, Richard Dunkerley who facilitated a discussion between two leading market research firms, NMG & CoreData, who shared key insights from their extensive studies of the current Australian insurance and advice market.
What the data is telling us is critical in shaping informed views for key decision-makers in the lead up to ASICs LIF review into commissions in 2021. The outcome of this review mustn't negatively impact the ability of Australians to receive quality advice. The data also supports Zurich’s long-standing view that customer and community interests are best served by a vibrant, growing advice profession, and we remain committed to doing our utmost to support advisers wherever that support is needed.
Zurich is proud to take a leadership position in this space and it was great to see approx. 400 advisers as well as both industry bodies in attendance campaigning for the best outcome for our industry.
Speaking of championing best practice, it was a pleasure to recently award the 2019 AFA Adviser of the Year Award to Simone Du Chesne from EQ Wealth. Please take the time to listen to a special podcast series where we interview all our wonderful finalists across both the Zurich Adviser of the year and the OnePath Rising Star awards to understand what drives these outstanding advisers and celebrate their achievements. Happy listening.
In this edition, we also hear from Zurich’s Chief Underwriting Officer, Tina Bielby on how implementing our new underwriting rules engine, powered by UndwriteMe, as part of our online Zurich Adviser Portal has been a driver of efficiency for advisers.
Finally, new to risk pulse will be a dedicated section related to mental health and wellbeing. Zurich and OnePath are committed to supporting our partners recognise the signs of mental illness with mental wellbeing for themselves, their colleagues, family and clients, and providing strategies to understand and manage mental health conditions.
As part of our commitment, we will provide you with articles, videos and tools to support you, your business and your clients through your mental wellness journey. We hope you find the content useful and incorporate the ideas into your practice and life.
If you would like more, please visit our shared Zurich and OnePath e-Wellbeing Hub, designed for our advisers and brought to you by our Mental Wellbeing partner, Mindstar. Click here to access.
As always, if you have any questions regarding any of our offerings, please reach out to a Zurich BDM, happy reading.