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Life Discussion Group

The Life Discussion Group is an affiliated educational forum of the Financial Services Council.  The views expressed in the presentations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Financial Services Council.

The Life Discussion Group Committee members are:

Chairman Paul Aquilina Swiss Re Life & Health
Secretary Damian Thornley MLC
Treasurer Warren Page AIA
  Tom Moyson Swiss Re Life & Health
  Manyee Kwok APRA
  Lindsay Cross Gen Re
  Katherine Ashby Asteron
  Viviane Murphy Gen Re
  Richard Lall Munich Re
  Gavin Lai TAL


2010 Life Discussion Group Annual Report

2009 Life Discussion Group Annual Report

2012 Presentations

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Building the Social Enterprise
Jamie Pride, Partner, Deloitte


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Life (Insurance) wasn't meant to be easy
Michael Molesworth, previous Managing Director, Gen Re Australia 


2011 Presentations

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The Life Insurance Industry under Review - Key impacts of 2011 and the Future for 2012

Jim Minto, Managing Director, TAL
Neil Sprackling, Director, Client Markets, Swiss Reinsurance Company
Hugh Humphrey, Managing Director, AMP's Hillross Financial Services


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The Risks of Life Insurance - What we know we don't know
Anthony Brien, Manager - Insurance Risk, Supervisory Support, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)
September Staying ahead and in control in Underwriting: What do recent global developments mean for the Australian market?   
John Cardus, Head of Underwriting for Australia and New Zealand, Swiss Re
August The Trauma in Developing Trauma Products     
Richard Lall, Product Manager, Munich Re 
Geetha Singam, Pricing Actuary, Munich Re
July National Disability Insurance Scheme
John Walsh, Partner, Advisory Practice, Pricewaterhousecoopers

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Direct Insurance - Helping address under insurance?
David Carter, Executive General Manager, Suncorp
Jay Tutt, Head of Operations and Customer Service, Direct Insurance, OnePath
May Genetics - Under the Microscope
Shane Burdack, Chief Underwriter, Munich Re
April Customers, how do we retain them?
Donald McBain, Asteron
Dr Sally Phillips, Macquarie
Gerard Kerr, OnePath
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What makes us Tick?  The ten desires that drive us
Hugh Mackay, Social Researcher
February Where is Group Business Heading in 2011?
Peter Smith, Head of Institutional Business, MetLife Australia
Stephanie Phillips, Head of Group Insurance, AIA Australia
Andrea McDonnell, Principal, People Risk Solutions, Aon Hewitt

2010 Presentations

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September 2010

The Technology Wave

August 2010

Forensic Accounting, Financial Underwriting & the Claims Impct - Ted Voges, Scott Rosengreen & Paul Hastings 

July 2010

Fitness for work and personality disorders - Dr Ian De Saxe 

June 2010

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority's (APRA) Agenda - Helen Rowell, General Manager & Stuart Bingham, Head of Life Insurance Risk, APRA

May 2010

Depression in all its guises - Professor Lorraine Dennerstein AO

April 2010

How external service providers add value to the Life Insurance Industry - John Harrison, Director, Reed Group Asia Pacific & Dr Jack Cygler, Executive Manager Client Services, UHG

March 2010

A revolution in the process of obtaining medical information - Zedmed Medical Solutions

February 2010

Legal Mythbusters! - Basil Stavropoulos, Argus Lawyers

2009 Presentations



November 2009

The year that was...and the extraordinary year ahead - John O'Shaughnessy, Deputy CEO, IFSA, David Carter, Executive General Manager, Guardian Financial Planning and Jim Minto, Managing Director, TOWER Australia

October 2009

How well do group insurers know the needs of the industry fund market? - Helen Hewett, Executive Officer, Industry Funds Forum

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September 2009

Trends from 27 years of Life Insurance Intermediary and Customer Satisfaction Benchmarking - Peter Driscoll, Director/Technical Consultant, W A Taylor & Associates

August 2009

Understanding and Managing Pandemic Risk - Dr David Cooper, Regional Medical Director, Assistance. International SOS and Sean Boner, Senior Manager, Risk Acquisitions, Life Insurance, BT Financial Group

July 2009

Fraud due to GFC - Paul Fontanot, Partner, Fraud & Investigation Services, Ernst & Young and Kieran Milne, Managing Director, MJM Investigations

May 2009

(Presentations combined in same document)

Getting pratical: Next steps in Underinsurance - Renee Hutchison, RGA

Lifewise Campaign - John O'Shaughnessy, FSC

April 2009

Claims Challenges and the big "R" - Hoa Bui, KPMG, Jane Dorter, GenRe and Darren Parsons, AMP

March 2009

Post-traumatic stress disorder update - Prof Lorraine Dennerstein 

February 2009

Life insurance company structures - Jim Minto, TOWER
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