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Swinburne and health insurer Medibank extend first-of-its-kind partnership

By David Schwartz
Published: April 6th, 2021

Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology and Medibank – a major health insurance company in that country — have renewed their three-year partnership, which has been focused on providing health services to the Swinburne community.

The initial partnership anticipated the creation of opportunities for further strategic collaboration between the two organizations, and that appears to be now taking shape.

The three-year renewal goes well beyond health services, with plans for expanded industry engagement activity, collaboration in teaching and learning, student work placements in areas across the business, and funding to support research and Swinburne students.

“Our partnership with Medibank allows us to support our community while working on research and projects that can benefit all Australians” says Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Global and Community Engagement Dr Andrew Smith. “I am excited to renew our partnership and look forward to building on the strong connection we have established over the past three years,” he says.

For three years under the initial partnership, Swinburne staff, students and alumni have had access to benefits and discounts across Medibank’s insurance offerings, including health, pet and travel insurance. That will continue in the extension, and Medibank will also continue to be the preferred provider of overseas health coverage for the school’s international students.

Medibank Senior Executive Becky Hyde welcomed the opportunity to extend the relationship with Swinburne to beyond the delivery of health insurance.

“Medibank is excited to continue sharing our broader expertise in health and wellbeing to support Swinburne’s students, staff and alumni, and work collaboratively to drive health innovation in the wider community,” she says. “COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the global economy and the Australian education sector. It is in times such as these that the significance of trusted and collaborative partnerships is crucial for success.”

The new deal will involve research projects drawing on Swinburne researchers’ expertise in digital health. Medibank will also offer internships and one-year placements for Swinburne students, along with financial support for students who have experienced financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.

Source: Mirage News

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