I have a health concern, what do I do?
Dr Hamish Black answers your health concern questions
Each January around the world, thousands of New Year’s resolutions are made with the best intentions.
And while some of us resolve to switch careers or travel more, many of the most popular resolutions are about making healthy lifestyle changes – quit smoking, drink less or lose weight.
And that’s where nib members have a real advantage.
At nib, we’re committed to keeping you at your healthiest all year round, so we offer a number of programs and benefits available to eligible members* to help keep you on track.
Did you know that being overweight or obese increases your likelihood of suffering from chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and respiratory disease? If you’re already living with a condition like this nib may be able to help.
We offer our The COACH Program© available to eligible nib members at no additional cost* who’ve been diagnosed with or are at risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes or respiratory disease. Perfect for those who struggle to keep motivated and need some extra support, it includes personalised coaching with nutrition, fitness and lifestyle advice. With your coach, you’ll be able to set up your own health goals, get advice on the questions to ask your doctor and education on how to maintain your optimal level of health – so you can make long-term changes.
If your resolution is to give up smoking, we want to help you achieve it; that’s why we offer Extras covers that include benefits for nicotine replacement therapies that are ordered by your GP, including gum, patches, inhalers and lozenges. The aim of these therapies is to help you quit by replacing some of the addictive nicotine you’d normally get through a cigarette to help ease the withdrawal symptoms.
For each additional kilogram you weigh, there’s a four-fold increase in the force exerted through the knee¹. We understand that the discomfort of knee and hip osteoarthritis can be excruciating, so we offer the Healthy Weight For Life™ Program – aimed to help you better manage your joint pain from the comfort of your own home. The program, which is available to eligible nib members at no additional cost*, includes more than $800 worth of meal replacements, a portion control eating plan, an activity plan with strength, balance and mobility exercises and ongoing support to help you maintain a healthy weight.
Living with anxiety or depression isn’t easy, but there is support available. Designed for those who’ve been diagnosed with anxiety or depression, nib’s MindStep is a six-week phone-based mental health program designed to help you take control of your symptoms and maintain your recovery in the privacy of your own home.
MindStep is fully funded by nib for eligible nib members* and includes one-on-one coaching, practical tips and a tailored program designed to complement your GP, psychologist or psychiatrist care plan.
Interested in finding out whether you’re eligible for any of our Health Management Programs, or simply keen to get more information? Visit our Health Management Programs page.
Are you looking to make this year your healthiest year yet? Check out our range of exciting benefits and exclusive offers through nib Rewards. We’ve partnered with more than 150 retailers, so you can unlock serious savings on everything from gym memberships to workout gear and nutrition programs. Find out how you can save today.
*Available to eligible nib members who’ve held Hospital Cover for 12 months and served their relevant waiting periods. Additional criteria vary according to each program.
¹Messier, S., et al. Weight loss reduces knee-joint loads in overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis and Rheumatism 2005. 52(7): pp 2026-2032