A new qualification for health insurance at St Luke's in Tasmania has been launched as an Australian first.
St.LukesHealth developed the general insurance certificated IV in response to industry need and the first intake will be held in April.
A soft launch was held about two weeks ago and was attended by Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff.
St.LukesHealth people and culture general manager Barbara Brown said at present there were no education resources available tailored to the health insurance sector.
“Developing the certificate IV in general insurance is critical if St Luke' sHealth, and the health insurance sector as a whole, wants to attract and retain the right people," Ms Brown said.
Most pathways to health insurance qualifications are usually filtered through business pathways.
“This new qualification will include significant specialist capabilities in key topics such as working in the insurance industry, product knowledge, customer service and selling skills."
“We are extremely proud of this new qualification. We are excited to deliver the most relevant training for our high performing team and develop initiatives that build on their capabilities and knowledge, so that we can continue to deliver exceptional service to our members."
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said it was positive for Tasmania to be a nation-leader in this area.
"I'm excited about the fact that it's been a strong partnership with TasTAFE that has helped make this a reality," he said.
"It's a good example of industry sector and an appropriate VET provider tailoring a product to meet a need."
Ms Brown said the course had been offered to St.LukesHealth's existing and prospective employees but there are plans to expand the course for the general public in the future.
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