Ending Loneliness Together is thrilled to announce our latest official partnership with Medibank.
Medibank is a health company that supports 3.7 million people in Australia to better manage their health and wellbeing. One of the leading private health insurers in Australia, Medibank is focused on providing people with more choice, access and control of their healthcare and helping transform Australia’s healthcare system to ensure it can remain sustainable.
Karen Oldaker is the Senior Executive, Wellbeing and Community and says Medibank is working on a long-term approach to help address loneliness as one of the most critical social, health, and economic concerns here in Australia and around the world.
“As a healthcare company, we’re increasingly focused on preventative health as we work to better support the health and wellbeing of our customers, our employees, and the broader community,” she said.
“A couple of years ago we began looking at health issues where we could provide a longer-term, strategic focus to drive meaningful social impact in an area of unmet need. When we landed on loneliness, we realised there were a lot of conversations happening in other areas of health and wellbeing, but that loneliness was largely hidden. By taking a preventative health approach and trying to address the issue of loneliness earlier, we might be able to minimise the potential for chronic loneliness leading to physical and mental health conditions down the track.””
Beginning on their journey to understand loneliness well before the onset of COVID-19, Karen admits the timing of the pandemic was ironic; creating a platform to discuss loneliness that hadn’t existed prior.