Member Login





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.


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!


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.


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!


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
Quest Bars commented on 12-May-2015 05:52 PM
I have read several just right stuff here. Certainly price
bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how a lot effort you place to create any such great
informative web site.
dietplansforwomentoloseweightfast.com commented on 13-May-2015 10:31 PM
Hello there! This blog post couldn't be written any better!
Going through this article reminds me of my previous
roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I will forward this post
to him. Pretty sure he will have a great read. Thanks for sharing!
minuman berenergi commented on 14-May-2015 11:24 PM
Hi would you mind letting me know which webhost you're working with?
I've loaded your blog in 3 different internet browsers and I must say
this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a fair price?
Thank you, I appreciate it!
why am i dieting and exercising but not losing weight commented on 18-May-2015 02:33 AM
I lost about 15 pounds inside the first 6 weeks of my new diet and exercise plan. Dieting
is about breaking habits and learning brand new ones, which doesn't come naturally at
all. Every time I have tried to go "all in" immediately,
I find yourself losing, whether in Vegas or looking to stay away from my neighbors
the best weight loss apps commented on 18-May-2015 11:51 AM
Why not use those coupons for buying your preferred healthy products.
By eliminating Gluten from our diet, we give our intestines a
chance to cure damages Gluten previously caused. You
will quickly realize that there are many things that want to come
together in order to shed the weight but when you select one thing
to truly master at a time you will discover your confidence soars.
twitter.Com commented on 21-May-2015 01:17 AM
Hi there mates, pleasant post and good urging commented here, I am really enjoying by these.
http://www.hackfmi.com commented on 04-Jun-2015 08:06 PM
Hi, Neat post. There is a problem with your site in internet explorer, may check this?
IE nonetheless is the marketplace chief and a
huge component of other people will miss your magnificent writing because of
this problem.
http://Www.Earnmoneyblog.net/ commented on 08-Jun-2015 01:42 AM
Wo - WWiki states: "A Twinks is player character that is disproportionately powerful for its level, possessing potent items and high-end enchants that are generally way beyond the means of other players at that level. Since the systems are elaborate, when gold pieces are few, it may not be worth all the hard work. This site offers gold services on both EU and US Wo - W Servers.
http://carpreview.com/bmw/x4/2016/review commented on 10-Jun-2015 10:34 AM
Though you may have an index page there is no knowing whether a user will search out terms that send them
there, rather it is equally likely that they may arrive first at any page within your site.
They know the techniques of how a particular
keyword should receive top ratings. Do not be disillusioned and conned by a search engine optimization company who charge you for these free services.
Summer Kanipe commented on 12-Jun-2015 08:17 PM
You have to always be willing to function on the sites and obtain them to cultivate
even whether you're making $0 and $1,000 Summer Kanipe when taking out your low credit score mortgage loan, you are going to wish to
check around a little to have the very best deal possible in your loan terms.
seo tampa commented on 13-Jun-2015 01:20 AM
Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a
sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter
and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She placed
the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and
it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!
power pro commented on 13-Jun-2015 12:39 PM
This is very interesting, You're a very skilled blogger.
I've joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent
post. Also, I have shared your web site in my social networks!
online money maker commented on 13-Jun-2015 01:37 PM
It iis essentijal to build a presence, comply with buyers,
and hang out where they spend their time.
payday at home commented on 14-Jun-2015 10:11 AM
Peculiar article, just what I wanted to find.
mma training centers in high point nc commented on 14-Jun-2015 10:50 AM
I think this is one of the most vital info for me.

And i'm glad reading your article. But should remark on some general things, The
website style is great, the articles is really excellent : D.
Good job, cheers
lipogen rx garcinia review commented on 15-Jun-2015 03:56 PM
Hi there! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would be ok.
I'm absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward
to new posts.
Telovite Supplement commented on 15-Jun-2015 06:35 PM
My developer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.
I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
But he's tryiong none the less. I've been using Movable-type on a
number of websites for about a year and am nervous about switching to another platform.
I have heard excellent things about blogengine.net.
Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress
content into it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
lipogen rx garcinia commented on 15-Jun-2015 07:23 PM
Can you tell us more about this? I'd like to find out more details.
payday at home commented on 15-Jun-2015 07:28 PM
Superb post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?
I'd be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further.

Appreciate it!
promo codes snapfish commented on 16-Jun-2015 12:07 PM
I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
Did you make this website yourself or did you
hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I'm looking to design my own blog and would like to know where u
got this from. thanks
sydney removalists commented on 16-Jun-2015 03:24 PM
I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I'm
not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know
such detailed about my problem. You're amazing! Thanks!
Forskolin Slim Trim commented on 16-Jun-2015 08:01 PM
Great blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
I'm planning to start my own site soon but I'm a little lost on everything.
Would you propose starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid
option? There are so many options out there that I'm completely overwhelmed ..
Any recommendations? Thanks!
instant face lift cream commented on 17-Jun-2015 02:34 AM
Awesome! Its in fact remarkable post, I have got much clear idea on the topic of from this article.
marketing ideas commented on 17-Jun-2015 07:56 PM
I am really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog.
Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?
Either way keep up the excellent quality writing,
it is rare to see a great blog like this one these days.
restaurants near me commented on 18-Jun-2015 10:38 AM
Hello, Neat post. There is a problem along with your site in internet explorer,
might check this? IE nonetheless is the marketplace leader and a huge component of other people will
omit your great writing due to this problem.

Post a Comment

Captcha Image

Trackback Link
Post has no trackbacks.