The Critical Line - Volume 24

Jevon serves up a new type of wordy puzzle for you to unscramble while Dan sifts through 11 responses to find our Volume 23 winner!

Leading the profession in general insurance

Tackling the big issues in the general insurance industry, representing actuaries and motivating a group of volunteers has been the remit of IAG’s Tim Clark for the last five years.

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What’s the Mental Health problem in Travel Insurance?

Bill Konstantinidis and Michael Storozhev discuss the growing understanding of mental health issues particularly in travel insurance and how actuaries can drive change in the industry.

When analytics projects go wrong - Normal Deviance

Many organisations have seen big-ticket analytics projects turn into a morass of expense, confusion and lacklustre results. While some mistakes are unavoidable, there are ways to make the best of such experiences.

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Proud to be me - Q&A with Actuary at IAG, Michael Liu

Michael Liu, Senior Manager in the IAG Predictive Modelling team migrated to Sydney at nine years old from China. Here, he discusses his proud heritage and what he's learned about cultural diversity.

Under the Spotlight - Daniel Cooper

This week, Head of Consulting and Research at Lorica Health, Daniel Cooper goes Under the Spotlight. The former gridiron quarterback shares details of his actuarial journey and how he balances work, family and fitness.

Under the Spotlight - Annette King (Councillor)

Councillor Annette King describes herself as a leader, future-focussed, client and people-centred, change agent, energetic and authentic. Read about how all these qualities are reflected in her professional and personal journey as an actuary. 

Mental health matters for private health insurance

Andrew Matthews and Brendan Pon outline reforms to psychiatric waiting periods within private health insurance and how this sits within the broader need to address growing mental ill-health treatment in Australia. 

The HIH Royal Commission: Lessons for today - Actuaries Podcast

From "excitedly finding 'smoking guns' in emails" to getting "requests for interviews from 4-Corners within 24 hrs", Estelle Pearson and Tony Coleman share their unique insights into the HIH Royal Commission, drawing lessons for today.

Insurance Inside Super – Federal Budget Changes

Kajal Pandya reports on the recent “Insurance Inside Super – Federal Budget Changes” Insights session. The session covered an interesting discussion around the challenges that superannuation funds and group insurers will face and the unintended consequences of the proposed Federal Budget changes.

History of AI Winters

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a very popular topic in the media now, but the concept of AI was first proposed almost 70 years ago. What happened in the AI research community over this time period and why did it take so long for the breakthroughs to occur? Milton Lim looks at the booms and busts of the AI industry over the years.

The ethics of machine learning - Podcast with Tiberio Caetano

With companies starting to pay the price for inadvertent unethical outcomes created by their systems and engineering, there is a need for data science professionals to understand and respect the discipline of ethics.

One father's motivation to take parental leave - CareerView Podcast

Transactions Actuary at Swiss Re, Eric Tsui, discusses the challenges he encountered when taking parental leave, and the support he received from his employer to do so.

Health Insurance Reform: Challenges and Opportunities

New Private Health Insurance (PHI) reforms that will come into effect on 1 April 2019 will present health insurers with a range of challenges and opportunities. Shaini Sivagnanam reports.

Actuaries Digital download and print edition - August 2018

Welcome to our PDF round-up of the articles posted on Actuaries Digital during August 2018.

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Update from the Retirement Incomes Working Group – August 2018

As Australia's population ages, issues have been recognised in the superannuation and pension systems. Anthony Asher gives an update of what the Retirement Incomes Working Group is doing to make positive changes to the current systems and guide future product design. 

Climate Change Blog – August 2018

The second instalment of the Climate Change Blog summarises news relating to litigation risk. This article series aims to cover news and events related to climate change and relevant to actuaries and the industries they advise. 

2018 Joint Regional Seminar Report

The 2018 Joint Regional Seminar (JRS) achieved a new record this year. attracting more than 1,000 delegates across the region, Kitty Chan reports.

In conversation with the Australian Government Actuary - Podcast with Guy Thorburn and Elayne Grace

As the office of the Australian Government Actuary (AGA) nears 100 years of service, Elayne Grace caught up with the current AGA Guy Thorburn, to find out what the office does.

AASB 17 Information Note: Insurance Contract Update

AASB 17 Implementation Taskforce releases the first operating version of the Information Note for practitioners.