History

If you had an ordinary job, all you’d need is an ordinary health fund. But you don’t, and that’s why you have us.

History

Police Health commenced on 1 August 1935 to support police and their families in times of need.

In the years since little has changed. The reasons that prompted a meeting of police employees to endorse the creation of their own fund are just as compelling now as they were then.

The original 363 members wanted peace of mind – the security of knowing that they would be fully supported if they or a family member became sick.

Today Police Health has more than 51,000 people covered under more than 20,000 policies and the membership base continues to grow as the offer to police employees is extended around Australia.

From its humble beginnings Police Health has evolved into a highly competitive and modern health fund. But the core reason for its existence remains the same – providing quality, value-for-money health care for police and their families. Many are unaware of our long history and so we present the following record.

Our history

  • A meeting of police employees in Adelaide's City Watch House on 28 May endorses the creation of a health fund. The South Australian Police Department Employees' Hospital Fund officially begins business on 1 August with 363 members.

  • The South Australian Commissioner of Police makes membership of the fund a condition of employment for police in South Australia.

  • On 1 February the fund's name is changed to the South Australian Police Employees' Health Fund. Nine months later it was incorporated under the Associations Incorporations Act. The fund's membership at 30 June 1984 was 4238.

  • Police Health is registered as a certified business name by the Office of Consumer and Business Affairs. The Fund introduces general treatment (extras) cover.

  • The South Australian Commissioner of Police removes a condition of employment requiring serving police officers to be a member of one of Police Health's hospital tables.

  • Police Health purchase its own building at 329 King William Street, Adelaide and moves from SAPOL Headquarters.

  • Following many requests from police unions outside of South Australia, Police Health embarks on a program to provide its services nationally. It changes its constitution to allow employees of other States, Territories and Federal Police departments to join the fund and in December launches new products available to police employees in Northern Territory.

  • The South Australian Police Employees' Health Fund Incorporated is registered as an Australian Registered Body.

  • New products are launched for Queensland Police employees who are invited to join the fund.

  • Police Health cover is offered to police in Western Australia and we purchase and moves to its new building a few doors away at 339 King William Street Adelaide.

  • Police in Tasmania are invited to join the fund.

  • The fund changes from an incorporated association to a company with the formation of Police Health Limited.

  • Police Health celebrates 75 years of service.

  • More than 51,000 people are covered by over 19,500 policies and Police Health members arguably have the highest overall customer satisfaction of any health fund.

  • New products are launched for Victoria, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory police employees.

  • Police Health celebrates 80 years of service.

  • Police Health moves to its new building located at 320 King William Street Adelaide

  • Police Health now covers over 50,000 members of the policing community in over 20,000 policies.

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FAQ: Counselling Benefits

How do Police Health’s counselling benefits work?

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FAQ: Premium Increase

Premiums have been reviewed by the Minister for Health and will be increasing as of 1 April 2018.

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FAQ: How soon can I claim?

Your cover will start as soon as your application has been approved and relevant premiums are paid. 

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FAQ: What happens if I change my mind on my cover?

Police Health provides a cooling off period for new members or existing members who change their level of cover. 

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Policies, Brochures & Forms

 

Police Health policies can be accessed here

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FAQ: Do excesses apply for hospital stays?

No excesses for hospital stays.

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FAQ: Can I join?

Police Health is a restricted access health insurer for employees of state, territory or federal police departments and police unions/associations.

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Members can claim using our free Police Health Mobile Claiming App! 

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