Glaucoma Awareness Month

12 July 2017

Accuro are proud to support Glaucoma Awareness Month, fighting against the number one cause of preventable blindness in New Zealand. Andy Dickerson, of our Board of Directors, is a spokesman for this years campaign. You can find the Glaucoma press release below. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage all of our members to get their vision checked regularly.

 

MEDIA RELEASE - Glaucoma NZ

21 June, 2017

Getting a sporting chance to beat a silent robber of sight

A chance encounter with a Kiwi sporting legend and his wife saved Andy Dickerson’s eyesight from serious damage.

Sports fan Andy spotted former cricketer Sir Richard Hadlee and his wife Dianne on the front cover of the New Zealand Women’s Weekly when he was searching for something to read at the hairdresser.

Richard and Dianne are Glaucoma New Zealand Ambassadors and the pair were encouraging people to get their eyes tested regularly.

Andy decided to heed that advice and in early 2016 he was diagnosed with primary open angle glaucoma – a condition with no early symptoms that could have made him blind.

“This came as a shock to me as I had always had very good eyesight, no symptoms and no family history.  Glaucoma was the last thing in the world I expected to be diagnosed with,” Andy says.

“Without that eye examination, I could have had irreversible damage to my eyes by the time symptoms began to appear.”

Andy, a Canterbury District Health Board member, says like many people in Christchurch his home was badly damaged in the earthquakes and it took years to resolve insurance issues. He then moved to North Canterbury. It was during this unsettling period he let his eye appointments slip.

“I’ve worked in the health sector my whole career I should have known better. I should have had an eye test much sooner.”

He’s sharing his story in support of July’s Glaucoma New Zealand Awareness Appeal in the hope he can convince others to get their eyes checked, and donate to the charity.

 “I am asking everyone to support Glaucoma New Zealand and help get the message out there in our communities and workplaces that regular eye tests can save your sight.”

Andy says his prognosis is good because he sticks to a daily routine of taking prescribed eye drops and keeping up with eye checks.

“I am very hopeful of keeping my sight if I continue with the treatment. At 54 years of age there is always the chance a better treatment will be developed in the future. I consider myself extremely lucky.”

Sir Richard says diary an eye appointment today!

Sir Richard Hadlee says it’s “a great feeling” that he and Dianne can make a difference through their roles as ambassadors for Glaucoma New Zealand.

“You have to keep your eye on the ball when it comes to your health checks,” Richard says.

“Men can be blasé and think: ‘she’ll be right mate’ ‒ but then one day things might not be right. You can’t afford to be macho about it, you have to get the checks done.

 “There are no excuses. Make an eye appointment and put it in your diary.”

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in New Zealand.

“Eyesight is so important because you want to be able to see the world and your grandkids,” Richard says.

Richard says his late mother Lilla’s sudden blindness in one eye in 2004 made him aware of the impact of eye conditions.

“It makes you sit up and take notice. It shows how vulnerable we are,” Richard says.

“I had open heart surgery in 1991 and I was given another chance. It taught me respect for life and to make the most of your life. Your health is a very important thing to protect.”

Richard says Glaucoma New Zealand’s annual appeal is a great cause to support because there is no cure and funding research is vitally important.

Donations can be made via Glaucoma New Zealand’s website www.glaucoma.org.nz or by visiting your nearest ASB Bank branch during July. Participating optometrists, ophthalmologists and pharmacies will also have Glaucoma NZ collection boxes in July.

ENDS

About Glaucoma New Zealand and glaucoma

Glaucoma New Zealand is a non-government funded trust and relies on public donations, sponsorship, grants and fundraising.

It aims to eliminate blindness from glaucoma through: supporting research in New Zealand, raising public awareness, supporting people with glaucoma and helping with education of health professionals.

For more information phone 0800 452 826 or email info@glaucoma.org.nz or visit glaucoma.org.nz

Glaucoma New Zealand recommends an eye examination for glaucoma every five years from the age of 45 and every three years from the age of 60. However, at any age, if you notice changes in your eyesight, you should have your eyes examined immediately.

Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye diseases where the optic nerve at the back of the eye is slowly destroyed but there is treatment if it is caught early enough.

It’s estimated half of those with glaucoma don’t know they have it.

“Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. What makes glaucoma unique is that if glaucoma is diagnosed early and treatment started in a timely fashion, blindness becomes rare,” Professor Helen Danesh-Meyer, Chair of Glaucoma New Zealand, says. 

ENDS


Accuro continues strong health sector ties with board announcement

30 March 2017

Accuro is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Haycock as Chair of the Board of Directors and Pat Curry as Deputy-Chair following the retirements of the previous Chair Jane Bawden, and Deputy-Chair Bridgit Sissons.

Anthony has been a Director of Accuro since 2013 and is a medical practitioner with 40 years health sector experience including 13 years in general practice and 19 years in health management. Anthony has previously held leadership and governance roles in the health sector. He is currently engaged in health consultancy work and is a medical advisor to ACC.

Pat was elected to the Accuro Board of Directors in 2013 and is a registered nurse with a strong background in public and private health care as well as with charitable organisations. Pat is currently Deputy Chair of Nelson Bays Primary Health Organisation. In addition to governance roles, Pat is engaged in a range of voluntary work.

Geoff Annals, CEO of Accuro, says that he is “delighted” to see a doctor and nurse appointed to lead the Board. He comments that “Accuro was originally established as a co-operative of healthcare professionals taking care of its members. The decision of the Accuro Board of Directors to appoint health professionals as its Chair and Deputy reaffirms Accuro’s commitment to being the health insurer that supports the health system and understands health.“ 


Accuro AGM and breakfast

4 November 2016

The Accuro Annual General Meeting (AGM) and breakfast is due to take place in Wellington this week.   

Event details: Friday 9th December, 7.30am - 9.00am, Travelodge, Lambton Room, Level 6, 2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington.

Notice of subsequent General Meeting

As special resolutions to make amendments to the Rules of the Society will be considered and voted on at the Annual General Meeting on the 9th December 2016 a subsequent general meeting is required to confirm those decisions by simple majority vote.

Event details: Thursday 5th January, 3.00pm - 3.15pm, Accuro office, Level 1, 79 Boulcott Street, Wellington.


Accuro Health Insurance make couple's wedding dreams a reality

13 July 2016

At Accuro we are proud to take care of New Zealanders. For our 45th birthday this year we wanted to take this opportunity to help a deserving family out. So we teamed up with The HitsAir Vanuatu and Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu to make this a reality. 

Firstly, here's some background on the story:

Shivana and Andrew have been saving for their wedding which was meant to take place towards the end of 2017. Tragically, Shivana's Dad Graham was diagnosed with two types of cancer four years ago. 


Accuro commemorates 45th birthday by strengthening ties with the public health system

1 July 2016

Not-for-profit health insurer Accuro, is celebrating 45 years taking care of New Zealanders – a huge milestone for the organisation that was started in the Wellington offices of the Hospital Boards’ Association in the old DIC building in Lambton Quay.

Accuro CEO, Geoff Annals, says Accuro is committed to providing and developing health insurance that makes healthcare accessible to all New Zealanders when they need it. This involves people being taken care of through both our public and private health systems. The public system does a great job dealing with acute care and accident treatments and the private system provides crucial support dealing with non-urgent treatment. 

For the full story click here.


AGM - CEO's report

4 December 2015

The annual Accuro AGM was a great success and we would like to congratulate our two board members who were re-elected at this mornings' AGM; Bridgit Sissons and Patricia Curry - thank you to the 1025 members who cast their vote.

We were fortunate enough to have Director, Melissa Clark-Reynolds speak to us about 'the "quantified self" - with the rise of fitbits and access to our own medical records, what does it mean for managing our health?' Thank you Melissa!
For a copy of our CEO, Geoff Annal's speech please click 
here. One of the main points Geoff raised was around an email sent to us from long time member Neil Solomon. For Neil's original email and comments of Geoff's address please click here. We thank Neil for his interest in Accuro's future and we look forward to meeting with Neil to discuss his concerns.

The annual report can be found here.


AGM

4 November 2015

All Accuro members are invited to attend our AGM and breakfast on Friday 27 November 2015 from 7.30 - 9am at The Travelodge in Wellington.

We have a guest speaker, Melissa Clark-Reynolds, and it's an opportunity to meet our Board of Directors, staff and other members and to be involved in the future of our society.

Melissa will be discussing - The "Quantified Self" - with the rise of fitbits and access to our own medical records, what does it mean for managing our health? How does that affect consumer and health professionals?

Please RSVP your attendance to Haylee Harding, Accuro Corporate Services Manager, hayleeh@accuro.co.nz by Friday 13 November 2015.


New chairman appointed for Health Funds Association

7 September 2015

HFANZ media release

Accuro Health Insurance chief executive Geoff Annals has been elected chairman of the Health Funds Association (HFANZ), the industry organisation representing health insurers.

He takes over from Unimed chief executive Dermot Martin, who decided to step down at last week’s executive meeting after holding the position since December 2010. He also led the executive from 2000 to 2006. Christchurch-based Mr Martin will remain on the executive.

Mr Annals, of Wellington, has been a member of the HFANZ executive since becoming chief executive of Accuro in September 2013. He has been deputy chairman for the past year.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in the health sector. He began as a registered nurse at Waikato Hospital where he worked in a range of clinical and nursing and general management positions for 20 years. He was general manager of Waikato Hospital prior to his appointment as chief executive of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation in 2001, the position he held until his current appointment with Accuro.

Mr Annals was a director of Accuro from 2002 to 2013 and also served as its board chair.

For further information, contact:

Acting chief executive Chris Pentecost (ph 04 499 0834 or 027 215 1003) or media advisor Andrea McKay (ph 027 555 7783).


Universal goals apply equally to everyone

20 April 2015

Jane Bawden - Accuro Health Insurance Chairperson

A long-standing professional and personal commitment to New Zealand’s health and disability sector has inspired me to become involved with its governance.

I became a lawyer in the mid 1980s and spent the next 10 years fighting fires in commercial litigation – or, put simply, unpicking an existing problem. My career then moved in a very different direction and it’s one I’ve never looked back from.

In the mid 1990s I took on the role of company solicitor and risk manager for what is now the Auckland DHB. I enjoyed risk management which is, in many ways, the opposite of litigation. I welcomed the need to understand the entire operation of an entity and what might affect achieving its objectives. This proactive approach along with an increased realisation that we don’t always plan our life’s direction soon proved valuable on a personal level.

For the full blog post click here.


Refer a friend and receive a $50 prezzy card!

17 April 2015

The best type of compliment you can give us is telling your friends and family about Accuro Health Insurance. Now you can get a $50 prezzy card whenever you refer a friend to Accuro Health Insurance and they sign-up. All they need to do is mention you on the ‘how did you hear about us field?’ on their application form.

Click here now for more.


Melanoma deadlier than road fatalities

3 March 2015

More people die from melanoma each year than are killed annually in road crashes.

This statistic is part of a comprehensive submission made to parliament’s Health Select Committee which is considering outlawing sunbeds for people under the age of 18.

The submission is made by Accuro Health Insurance, established in the 1970s as a private insurer for the public health sector. Today it trades as a private health insurer with a widespread, general membership.  

Accuro, in supporting the submission made by the New Zealand Dermatological Society, pointed to a New Zealand Cancer Society figure of 324 deaths from melanoma in 2010. According to the NZ Road Transport Agency there were 253 road deaths for the 12 months to February 2014 and 303 for the 12 months to February 2015.

Click here now to read the full article.


We've received our latest financial strength rating from AM Best

30 May 2014

Accuro Health Insurance has been given a B (Stable) rating from AM Best. AM Best says the rating “reflects Accuro’s good business profile in the retail medical insurance sector of New Zealand, favourable growth and experience of its on-sale products”.  

CEO Geoff Annals is very pleased with the outcome and the AM Best process. “This year, we decided to move to AM Best because they are the specialist insurance rating agency most closely engaged in the New Zealand health insurance industry.” We look forward to working with AM Best, and the rating shows the success we are having with our business model. The stable outlook reflects Accuro’s continued and steady growth over the past five years, of which we are very proud.”


SPCA receives $5,000 donation

25 January 2014

Each year, instead of buying gifts, we put the money towards a Christmas donation to a charity, as voted by our members and advisers. For Christmas 2013, we asked the Accuro community to vote on the charities they felt were deserving of a $5,000 donation.

The contenders for the donation were Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, the SPCA and Special Olympics New Zealand.

We posted the voting form on our Facebook page and encouraged our members, advisers and wider Facebook community to vote for their favourite charity. The votes have been counted, and we are excited to announce the recipient of this year's $5,000 donation is the SPCA. The SPCA's mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals and to prevent cruelty to animals. We are happy to be able to help them continue with this mission and are sure that our $5,000 donation is going to a very worthy cause.