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HAPIA – Member Communication #2 – September 08

- Monday, September 01, 2008

From the President

Greetings HAPIA members and welcome to the second update which will help to keep you informed regarding HAPIA activities.

It certainly has been a busy few months with submissions, meetings and presentations to the NHHRC, VicHealth, The Australian Disease Management Association and the National Preventative Taskforce – not to mention the success of the HPM Congress in Sydney which raised almost as much money for HAPIA as our memberships have to date. I have listed the main issues/activities below with commentary on each.

Resignation from Executive

Stephanie Banner of AHM resigned her position as Secretary of HAPIA last week. This means we have an opening for this position and will be asking for nominations shortly.

Membership

During the HPM Congress our membership swelled from 13 to 20 organisations representing the who’s who of our industry. Welcome aboard to the new members – full list of current members is;
1. AHM
2. Calastica
3. Ford Health
4. Wesley Corporate Health
5. Good Health Solutions
6. Springboard
7. Corporate Health Group
8. Health by Design
9. Corporate Bodies International
10. Health Futures
11. Fitsense
12. HealthWorks Corporate
13. Prime
14. HealthLogix
15. Fitness2Live
16. Executive Health Management
17. Peak
18. Health at Work
19. Carepoint
20. HSA
A pretty impressive line up I must say!

NHHRC

Brad McDougall, Toby Ford and I fronted the commission in Canberra in early August to support our written submission and respond to queries from the commissioners. We presented the case that the worksite should be considered as an extension of the Federal Governments primary prevention strategy, and that prevention, early detection and early intervention in relation to the lifestyle factors that precipitate chronic disease should be supported by federal funding, legislation and tax reform. The basic message was that the current spend of 1.8% of the federal health budget on 50% of the problem is inadequate (roughly 50% of recurrent health expenditure is on diseases caused by lifestyle/behaviour). An increase in funding is required and the workplace is an ideal setting in which to cost effectively engage 10 million working Australians who average 4 health risk factors per person. They agreed.

I also spent a full day with the commission on the 14th of August at which time we discussed the practical aspects of implementation.

All this means that our collective voice is having an impact at the highest level and there is an excellent chance the NHHRC will recommend to the Federal Government that they support WPH. It’s then up to the Feds to follow through.

I have attached a copy of our original NHHRC Submission, together with the recent follow up document for any insomniacs who feel predisposed to read them – comments and opinions are welcome (remember we’re doing this on behalf of our industry, so feedback as to the appropriateness of our course of action from members is extremely important to us).

It’s worth noting that all HAPIA executives, myself included, have funded all travel, time and accommodation costs.

WorkHealth

I presented on behalf of HAPIA at the ADMA breakfast with Pam Anders (Director of WorkHealth Victoria), following which I had an opportunity to present our industry body to Pam who is very supportive and keen to work with is in pursuit of a mutual goal – the health of Victorian employees. One of the things she wishes to do in the short term is to do an audit of providers and services to “scope the market” I will be circulating this survey soon. Obviously the WorkHealth initiative will precede any federal initiative, but communication between WorkHealth, NHHRC and HAPIA is essential to ensure synergy, avoid duplication, provide centralisation of data through a central agency, standardise certain procedures and control a number of factors which can undermine the effectiveness of State and Federal initiatives.

There is no doubt that the Standards and Accreditation issue looms large for us as an industry if we are going to be effective in this space. Toby Ford (HAPIA S&A guru) will be in touch shortly on this issue.

Website & Logo

By the end of this week our website will contain downloads for Membership Forms as well as any submissions made by HAPIA or any Conference Presentations conducted on behalf of HAPIA by any of our executive team.I have also attached a copy of the membership logo for use on your submissions and printed material if you wish to use it. I suggest we all do as a matter of course as it will often generate dialogue which will help you to be seen as a company which supports standards and ethical business practices.

HPM Congress – Melbourne 2009

The 2nd Annual HPM Congress in August was well attended by HAPIA members and this meant nearly $50K of the profits from the congress flow to the HAPIA coffers. In the debrief with IHPM and Interpoint it was decided that the Congress would move to Melbourne in 2009 and be extended to a third day for providers to run interactive workshops on various topics. This separation of providers from delegates for the first two days will help to void some of the issues around the perception of it being a “Vendor driven” event.

The event in August generated a profit of $99,875 with half going to HAPIA. Greater support from members next year will ensure of membership fees are kept to a minimum!

AGM

We’re planning our AGM for December, will keep you posted regarding date, time and place.

Upcoming Conferences

I will be speaking on behalf of HAPIA at the following conferences;

Chronic Disease Forum (September 2008)
Disease Management Summit (December 2008)

Let me know if there’s anything you would like to see in future communiqués.

Regards to all
John Lang
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