One of the many ways we support Australians’ health is by giving back.
As a not-for-profit, each year, we dedicate significant time and funds to partners who share our vision of creating a healthier future for all Australians. Our activity is focused on three key areas within health: active living; research and education; and community.
In April 2019 we proudly launched our partnership with Netball Australia. One of the reasons we teamed up with Netball Australia is because netball empowers Aussies of all ages to lead active and healthy lives. Not only does netball have incredible short-term health benefits, but there are long-term advantages to playing this popular sport. HCF and Netball Australia, united by uncommon care.
Another drawcard of this partnership is our shared values, such as looking out for one another, fair play and the fact we’re both trusted by Australians. HCF has been voted most trusted health fund two years in a row, and netball is one of the top 3 most trusted sports in Australia. Netball’s three-second and footwork rules, as well as their teamwork, means that players have each other’s backs, so netball is the perfect fit for us.
The HCF and Netball Australia partnership supports over one million players across the country – from grassroots to elite levels. Building on our initial partnership with GIANTS Netball, we are now also a major partner of the Suncorp Super Netball league and Suncorp Super Netball teams: West Coast Fever, Adelaide Thunderbirds, Queensland Firebirds and Sunshine Coast Lightning.
We're also a major partner of NetSetGO, Netball Australia’s national grassroots program for children aged 5-10, and a community partner for all state-based netball associations and clubs.
We know netball is more than just the players on court! So, we’ve expanded our support to celebrate the passionate teams behind these teams who go above and beyond each week for the netball community. Throughout the season, we’ve been celebrating the coaches, managers, administrators, umpires, canteen crews and volunteers who demonstrate uncommon care. Netball wouldn’t be the sport it is today too without parents and family members – the orange cutters, drivers, hair stylists and backyard-drill partners – who support our netballers every week.
Just like the netball community consistently goes above and beyond for this sport, HCF – Australia’s largest not-for-profit health fund – puts members’ health before anything else. HCF and Netball Australia, united by uncommon care.
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is dedicated to fighting cardiovascular disease through research. Like us, it's not-for-profit.
In 2012, we partnered with the Institute to deliver free heart health checks at HCF branches across Australia.
Any member with extras cover can drop in to receive a simple blood pressure, total cholesterol and blood sugar test from a registered nurse, and get the results on-the-spot.
International Consortium for Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM)
ICHOM is a not-for-profit organisation that works with healthcare systems around the world to measure and report on the effectiveness of medical treatment from a patient perspective.
The HCF Research Foundation, which shares this focus on improving health outcomes, has formed a strategic partnership with ICHOM. We’re working together to fund research and develop measurement tools to assess patient experiences in three areas: pregnancy and childbirth, oral health, and hip and knee osteoarthritis.
Understanding how well treatments improve previous patients’ symptoms, and their overall quality of life, can help others considering the treatment to better understand how it may work for them. The benefits for hospitals and doctors include identifying best practice and areas for improvement. The wider goal is creating a more efficient and effective health system for all Australians.