IDSS to tackle mental health and insurance challenges

Mental health is a key theme at this year’s Injury and Disability Schemes Seminar (IDSS). Here, Hugh Miller outlines some of the issues - including exercise benefits, best practice claims management, and secondary harm - that will be explored by speakers in depth.

Actuaries Digital download and print edition - August 2017

Welcome to our round-up of the articles posted on Actuaries Digital during August 2017.

President’s Column – towards an equal playing field

Actuaries Institute President Jenny Lyon comments on the lack of diversity in leadership roles across Australian businesses, and draws our attention to the terminology actuaries use to define themselves. The impact of both issues is important as the Institute’s Council sharpens it’s focus on diversity.

Jobs for Actuaries – past, present and future

A recent survey by the Actuaries Institute asked members about their education, employers and job functions (past and present), and where they expect and hope to be in 10 years’ time. Deputy CEO of the Institute Elayne Grace reports on the findings.

ANZIIF Partnerships – Creating a globally recognised standard for risk professionals

Danielle Di Sano reports on new partnerships between overseas risk associations and the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) that aim to promote risk management as a profession and create a globally recognised standard for risk management professionals.

Scratching the surface of economic transition in China

Since the Life Insurance and Wealth Management Sub-committee put together the first instalment of their China Series in March this year, Henry has had the opportunity to experience Chinese culture first-hand, by spending a week there in June.

The ADI 2007-11 Table in Practice

After attending last month's Insights Session on Australian Disability Income Table, Graham Kelly provides a comprehensive overview of the session that covered implementation, key learnings, strengths and cautions. 

Reflections on the AASB17 Implementation Taskforce’s Member Insights Session

Trang Duncanson reports on the AASB17 Implementation Taskforce’s Member Insights Session last week.

Bringing Analytics to Life

Basem Morris reports on the intersection of predictive analytics and behavioural science to reveal some fascinating insights.

Stats, nothing but stats

Jennifer Lang, author of the blog Actuarial Eye, writes about her recent experiments with the 'Census table builder' - a data tool that includes a map visualisation function. 

Leadership Training in the HEC Paris MBA

What’s next after Part III exams? After qualifying as a Fellow in 2015, Milton Lim decided to explore the wider opportunities and insights available from the international business world with the double degree program at HEC Paris MBA and the London School of Economics MSc in Analytics / Data Science.

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Pooled pensions possible at last

Anthony Asher, Associate Professor at the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies at UNSW, writes about the sort of pension product that he would like to see developed now that SIS regulations have been modified to allow development of more flexible products.

CEO’s Column - Signals: how everyday signs can help us navigate the world’s turbulent economy*

Actuaries Institute CEO David Bell discusses the place of simple, real-life economic signals, versus complex mathematical models in understanding the present and future economy.

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Actuary breaks new ground in public health research

Actuary Jananie William explains how she traversed traditional actuarial fields and came to work in public policy. Using actuarial techniques and some amazing data, she provided a detailed analysis of birth-related public health system costs and their drivers – the first ever study of its kind.

Normal Deviance - Why you should totally include data science in your next job search

‘Data scientist’ clearly overlaps with pre-existing jobs like statisticians, business analysts and even actuaries, but as our resident Data columnist Hugh Miller reports, it also carries its own flavour. The proof is in the data.

Are women less confident than men?

Nicolette Rubinsztein reflects on her experience of confidence, especially as a career mum and what women should know, following two women’s networking events at the Actuaries Institute last month.

AASB 17 Insurance Taskforce Update – August 2017

With the finalisation of the long awaited IFRS17 global accounting standards in May 2017, the Actuaries Institute's IFRS17 Implementation Taskforce will be updating its members monthly on its activities.

Actuarial Leadership: Past, present and future.

Senior Actuarial Analyst at Rice Warner, Richard Dunn, walks us through lessons shared at the 2017 ‘Actuaries as Leaders’ Forum in Sydney last month.

Longevity Risk: Old Age is Getting Even Older

This student column, by Barry Sun from Macquarie University, delves into the issues surrounding longevity risk. Barry tells us what longevity risk is and summarises the work that is currently being carried out by academics and insurance professionals.

The Critical Line - Volume 15

Can you find your way squarely around this month's puzzle? Jevon Fulbrook challenges you to spell out the enigma for a chance to win a $50 Dymocks voucher.