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17/04/2014 - 12:34pm

There are all sorts of costs associated with owning a pet, including the food, toys and pet accessories, as well as the initial cost of purchase. However, one expense Australian pet owners might not associate with their furry friends is insurance - surely, animals don't need to be insured, too?

15/04/2014 - 8:39pm

The essential vitamin, vitamin D, is not as abundant as you'd expect in Australia, with four million Australian adults displaying deficiencies in the vitamin in 2011-2012.

The data was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today (April 15), and showed 23 per cent of Australian adults had a vitamin D deficiency.

31/03/2014 - 7:23pm

Many people would assume that a quick trip between two Australian ports would not require a travel insurance policy, especially when being treated by the onboard doctor.

Indeed, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade travel website assures its visitors that Medicare benefits are payable for people ''travelling between two Australian ports''.

However, there are some conditions that could revoke your right to claim Medicare benefits when treated on an Australian cruise ship, as 64-year-old Sandra Barrett recently found out.

26/03/2014 - 8:17pm

If you own a pet, chances are you've been on the receiving end of a veterinary bill during their lifetime. Whether it was an illness or injury, when our pets require medical treatment it can be a stressful and expensive time.

According to the Australian Animal Health Alliance (AAHA), 63 per cent of Australian households care for at least one pet. This is one of highest rates of pet ownership in the world!

20/03/2014 - 2:09pm

Here at HICA, we are committed to complying with the official laws and legislation protecting your privacy. As of today, March 12, 2014, the official Australian Privacy Act has changed.

To remain compliant with the new privacy laws, we have updated our privacy policy to reflect the obligations laid out in the Privacy Act.

These law changes impose stricter obligations regarding how businesses and health service providers collect and use your personal information. 

02/02/2014 - 10:07pm

When you're active and employed it can be easy to take your health for granted. But have you considered how you would cope if an accident affected your ability to work?

If you sustain an injury due to an accident while performing the duties of your job, you will typically be covered by your employer's workers' compensation insurance.

However, if an injury is sustained outside of your normal work duties or hours, you may find yourself out of pocket and struggling under rising debts.

31/01/2014 - 2:13pm

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have made a major breakthrough in the treatment of the deadliest form of ovarian cancer.

Serious forms of ovarian cancer spread rapidly throughout the abdominal area and ultimately become resistant to chemotherapy treatments. The QUT scientists have now identified the two enzymes that encourage the chemotherapy resistance.

24/01/2014 - 2:51pm

When you're trying to decide which health insurance policy is best for your needs, it may help you to understand the insurance industry as a whole.

While the complex technical workings of insurance companies can be confusing for those of us on the outside, insurance is a simple concept to explain.

The term 'insurance' is used to explain products offered to consumers to mitigate risk and provide financial compensation in the event of adverse, unforeseen circumstances.

19/12/2013 - 2:24pm

Protecting your company's assets is one of the most important steps to business success and your hardworking staff is arguably one of the biggest assets you have.

So, if you're sending your employees out of state or overseas on a corporate trip, doesn't it make sense to keep them protected?

Employers should ensure their roaming employees are covered by adequate travel insurance before they set off on their business expedition.

16/12/2013 - 2:27pm

In addition to the legally required workers' compensation cover, there are a few key types of insurance all employers in Australia should consider to protect their businesses, employees, customers and assets.

Health insurance

With recent studies and research agreeing that employer support can positively boost employee health and wellbeing, joining a corporate health fund is a wise decision.

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