Media releases 2018

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Media releases 2018


Keep your furry friends happy and safe this summer break

Monday, 17 December 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King
SPCA and Southern Cross Pet Insurance share expert tips on taking your pet with you on holiday or leaving them at home.

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Bats, babies and wheelchairs: some of 2018’s unusual travel insurance claims

Monday, 10 December 2018 by Campbell Gibson

An encounter with a bat and a monkey eating sunglasses are among some of the stranger claims Southern Cross Travel Insurance has received in the past year.

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Value and Affordability a key focus at Southern Cross Health Society AGM

Thursday, 6 December 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King
At Southern Cross Health Society's AGM, Chairman Greg Gent and CEO Nick Astwick highlighted the organisation's financial performance, and focus on value and affordability.

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Southern Cross Health Society boosts in-house wellness expertise

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Southern Cross Health Society has strengthened its workplace wellbeing expertise to help meet growing demand from Kiwi businesses for robust programmes to support the health of their people.

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Southern Cross releases first Pulse Report

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 by Campbell Gibson

The six month report includes information such as the number of surgeries Southern Cross funds through its insurance business and take place in its hospitals, interesting travel insurance claims, and what illnesses Kiwis have been searching for in the medical library.

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BeingWell Conference presents ‘The How’ of mental wellbeing at work

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

More than 500 people will attend Southern Cross Health Society’s BeingWell Conference on Thursday 1 November to discuss mental wellbeing at work.

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Protect your pet from paw-tential summer cat-astrophes

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 by Campbell Gibson

As summer nears and sun safety messaging for humans ramps up, a spate of pet insurance claims shows the need for us to be just as vigilant for our four-legged companions.

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Southern Cross Health Society returns record value to members

Friday, 14 September 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King
Southern Cross Health Society has today released its annual financial results, showing solid growth in membership and value for money delivered to members.

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Veterinarians call for more owners to insure their pets

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 by Campbell Gibson

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is calling for more owners to insure their pets so they have more options for treatment and care should their pet get sick or injured.

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Southern Cross Hospitals moves into preventative care with 50 per cent purchase of MedPro

Tuesday, 4 September 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King
The move is part of Southern Cross Hospitals’ strategy to broaden its offering into illness prevention and early health and wellbeing intervention.

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The biggest Smile yet — free dental care for low income Kiwis

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 by Campbell Gibson
Hundreds of low-income adults throughout the country will receive free dental care in midSeptember, thanks to a joint campaign by Southern Cross Health Trust and New Zealand Dental Association.

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Southern Cross Health Trust funds essential health positions at Auckland City Mission

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

Southern Cross Health Trust has made a three-year commitment to fund two essential clinical positions at Auckland City Mission’s General Practice; the Calder Health Centre.

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Families becoming more adventurous in their winter holidays

Thursday, 5 July 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King
While Australia and the Pacific Islands have been the traditional destinations for families travelling during the winter holidays, the USA and Indonesia, with its most popular island, Bali are becoming increasingly popular.

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Protect your pet from a ruff car ride these holidays

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Southern Cross Pet Insurance and the SPCA are calling on pet owners to keep their animals safe every time they take them in a vehicle, particularly in the lead up to the school holidays.

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Eight hour ‘Live Well’ benefit for employees believed to be first in New Zealand

Monday, 18 June 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King

Southern Cross Health Society has announced the one-year trial of a ‘Live Well’ day: offering all employees up to eight hours’ paid leave to attend personal health, wellbeing and ‘life admin’ appointments.

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High-quality endoscopic care coming to Lower Hutt

Thursday, 24 May 2018 by Campbell Gibson

Southern Cross Hospitals Limited has joined forces with a group of specialists to build a new endoscopy unit in Lower Hutt to service the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast.

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Curiosity almost killed the cat - 10 unusual pet insurance claims

Monday, 14 May 2018 by Campbell Gibson
Southern Cross Pet Insurance has released its 10 most unusual claims of 2017, with the list dominated by dogs who have an appetite for everything from gloves and cotton buds to duvets and even dead pets.

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‘Take Life Back’: call to action from Health Society

Monday, 14 May 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King
Southern Cross Health Society this week launched a fresh new brand platform - ‘Take Life Back’ - urging Kiwis to reclaim the things that are important to their health and wellbeing.

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SCTI encourages travellers to ‘Free Your Adventure’ in new ad campaign

Thursday, 3 May 2018 by Campbell Gibson
Southern Cross Travel Insurance has launched a new trans-Tasman campaign encouraging people to think about their individual sense of adventure, rather than what may or may not happen to disrupt it.

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Online era presents benefits and issues for GPs

Monday, 23 April 2018 by Jo Lawrence-King
Research by Southern Cross Health Society reveals that digital and online tools can provide benefits and challenges to GPs.

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New North Shore Surgical Centre will offer orthopaedic treatment

Wednesday, 4 April 2018 by Campbell Gibson
A group of orthopaedic surgeons has teamed up with Southern Cross Hospitals in a joint venture to build a state-of-the-art day stay hospital in Milford on Auckland’s North Shore.

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Prevent chocolate poisoning your dog this Easter

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 by Campbell Gibson
Chocolate eggs are all part of the fun at Easter but dog owners need to be on alert for wrappers and chocolate left lying around.

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Society joins movement to help Kiwis Choose Wisely

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 by Campbell Gibson
As part of its commitment to help members live their healthiest lives, Southern Cross Health Society has become a sponsor of Choosing Wisely.

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SCTI reveals most expensive claims of 2017

Tuesday, 6 March 2018 by Campbell Gibson
Kiwi travellers don’t need to be heading on an intrepid journey to land themselves in a foreign hospital with a massive bill – it could happen from something as simple as falling down stairs.

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Southern Cross Travel Insurance strengthens executive team in line with growth strategy

Monday, 19 February 2018 by Campbell Gibson
Eight months into his role Southern Cross Travel Insurance’s Chief Executive Chris White has made three senior appointments to support the company’s vision for growth in Australia and New Zealand.

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Timely travel insurance saves couple more than $53,000 for cancelled trip

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 by Campbell Gibson
Travel insurance saved Auckland couple Donna and Peter McConnell $53,000 when they had to cancel their “trip of a lifetime” cruise in November due to Peter’s illness.

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New Year resolutions

Friday, 19 January 2018 by Campbell Gibson
Employers can play a role in helping staff keep their wellbeing resolutions.

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Southern Cross Health Society awarded Rainbow Tick

Thursday, 18 January 2018 by Campbell Gibson
Southern Cross Health Society is today being awarded the Rainbow Tick, recognising the health insurer’s commitment to providing an inclusive and progressive workplace.

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