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Life still goes on, even in the middle of a Pandemic.

Yes, it makes perfect sense to think about life insurance today - especially today - because life still happens to us all, all the time, even during difficult times.

One of the dangers of living through difficult times (and the LGBTI Community is no stranger to surviving difficult times) is we can sometimes fixate on the biggest issue and ignore the most important issue - our life, love, and relationships continue regardless.

Our innate adaptability can lead many LGBTI couples to embrace wildly different financial goals, styles and circumstances in our partners.

Published in Blog
Thursday, 13 February 2020 07:56

Valentine's Day and Love Insurance

Valentine’s Day means different things to different people

But ultimately it's about Love — and Love Takes Action

What some people miss is that life insurance is really love insurance — by having sufficient life insurance, they're safeguarding the future of the ones they love.Drew Browne

Four thoughtful ways you can act on your love today

Published in Blog
Saturday, 28 December 2019 13:12

Six power money decisions for Gay Couples

Six power money decisions every LGBTI couple needs to make

If you’re part of a gay couple, here’s 6 power money decisions that help LGBT couples get on the same page financially, and stay on track together.

Because who wants to spend a lifetime arguing about money, right?

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Can I complete my life insurance application without a face to face conversation?

Yes. The professionals behind Unusual Risks Insured are Sapience Financial and they can complete your application without the need for a face to face meeting, if that's is what you require. You can find their website here and you can learn about what they became a Trauma Informed Organisation specialising in Financial Advice here.

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 12:34

What is the phone number for unusualrisks.com.au ?

What is the phone number for unusualrisks.com.au?

1300 137 403

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 12:32

Who is the company behind unusualrisks.com.au ?

Who is the company behind unusualrisks.com.au ?

Sapience Financial and Investment Services.  You can find their website here and you can learn about what they became a Trauma Informed Organisation specialising in Financial Advice here.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 21:08

Life Insurances for People taking PrEP

Good News for Australians taking PrEP for HIV prevention.

People taking PrEP are now eligible for the full range of Life Insurance products stigma-free: if you know specialist Financial Advisor Drew Browne, the person behind unusualrisks.com.au

PrEPThis means people using PrEP can get a full range of insurance covers;

It's now all available to Australians taking PrEP - stigma and attitude free - through the specialist financial advisers behind unusualrisks.com.au

So what is PrEP?

You may have already heard about PrEP or perhaps you're looking for more information about how it affects your chances of getting Life Insurance or Income Protection cover?

Either way, PrEP is a medical breakthrough that's already playing a vital role in the efforts to end HIV by 2020.  Now the medication is listed on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme), just about anyone can now get on it.

Taking PrEP is a highly effective medication for preventing exposure to HIV.

  • PrEP is an acronym that stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It involves HIV negative people taking antiretroviral drugs to protect them and prevent HIV infection – in just one tablet a day.
  • PrEP is, as the name implies, a pre-exposure strategy, unlike post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), which is taken after potential exposure to HIV has occurred.
In a nut-shell:
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) or technically more accurate, HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), simply refers to the regular use of HIV medications by HIV-negative people to prevent them from acquiring HIV.
  • Studies also show it helps lower HIV- anxiety among its users. *JAIDS Journal 11.2019

Who is taking PrEP?

Whether exposure to HIV is through sex or needlestick injuries, there are many people using PrEP to prevent them from being exposed to HIV and taking control of their sexual health and future wellbeing. 

  • Studies show PrEP is effective but the uptake of PrEP has been slow with research showing that's partly due to Stigma and Discrimination concerns - something the team at unusualrisks.com.au understands and provides a complete solution for when you need to apply for Life Insurances or Income Protection.

In Australia, lots of people use PrEP for lots of reasons

  • Some sexually active gay and bisexual men, transgender people and heterosexual people with an HIV positive partner who doesn't have an undetectable viral load, are part of the population groups at higher risk.
  • Similarly, Medical Professionals, Police, Fire, Ambulance and Emergency Services Workers are all at higher risk of occupational exposure to blood-borne viruses through sharps and needlestick injury.

Real Life statistics

  • In Australia, approximately 30 needlestick injuries per 100 beds occur per year.
  • At least 18,000 healthcare professionals suffer from an NSI every year.
  • And 80% of reported NSIs involve a contaminated needle. The Alliance for Sharps Safety and Needlestick Prevention in Healthcare

Research shows that the medication used for PrEP is highly effective at preventing HIV transmission among these population groups.

You can learn more about PrEP here.

What's the problem with PrEP and getting Life Insurance?

Up until now, Australian's taking PrEP have faced uncertainty, stigma and discrimination from Life Insurance companies towards the use of PrEP (and routinely find they also have to be the educator about PrEP).

  • People applying for insurance through online comparison websites report completing the application with full lifestyle and medical disclosures, only to feel insulted when a formal decline is issued due to 'lifestyle considerations'
  • People applying for insurance in their Superannuation fund report being routinely knocked back (and usually after having to disclose a full medical and lifestyle history) as the insurance provider doesn't 'deal with PrEP users'.

Most insurance companies and super funds simply do not provide underwriting for people with unusual occupations, hobbies, pastimes or lifestyles - if you get what we mean. 

That's why people use the expertise of unusualrisks.com.au to get their insurances sorted - stigma-free.

How have Life insurance companies treated people taking PrEP?

The New York Times broke the story of Dr. Philip Cheng, a urologist in Boston taking PrEP and being denied full insurance cover until he stopped taking, Truvada (the pharmaceutical brand name for PrEP) to prevent HIV infection.

When American News is not accurate for Australia

Today as many people get their news from the internet, the growing risk is it may not always be relevant in Australia.

  • Many American Life Insurance companies take a discriminatory approach to how they underwrite the use of PrEP and outright deny any form of insurance coverage.

  • Many Australian Life Insurance companies and Super funds formerly decline applications for insurance by people using PrEP and discriminate in a similar way against people with well managed HIV or Diabetes.

Good news for Australians taking PrEP

The good news is Australian's using PrEP and who need Life Insurance or Income Protection, now have a clear pathway to getting their cover sorted - stigma and discrimination free - through unusualrisks.com.au

Where to now?

  Learn more about how our process works. See How It Works.

  Have more questions? See Frequently Asked Questions.

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Can I transfer my existing life insurance policy to you to manage ongoing for me?

Yes. It makes good sense to have all your important policies safely in the hands of trusted and understanding people.

Our Transfer & Manage Service is another speciality service available to our clients where you can have all your personal insurances with a single trusted professional who appreciates the importance of your situation and understands what you want.

Just send us an email and ask us how we do that.

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Why does unusualrisks.com.au use pre-assessments?

By informally pre-assessing your situation upfront, we can determine ahead of time the likelihood of whether if you would qualify for cover using the current underwriting requirements.  This means we can position you so you have the best chance of being offered fair and reasonable policy terms, should you decide to make a formal application.  It's all about having absolute certainty before you make an application without any hidden exclusions or uncertainties.

If you are unsuccessful in your pre-assessment, you don't end up with a formal refusal or decline recorded against your name.

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So what type of life insurance policies don’t do underwriting upfront?

Usually, those sold by telemarketers and other low grade insurance resellers. Some of the more common life insurance policies sold through telemarketers have the bulk of their underwriting assessment done at claim time. For the uninformed consumer, we say this is dangerous (probably bordering on crazy) because you never really know if you are insured until you have to claim.

  • This means that for the first 5 years you may not be covered for what you expect. (Have a look at the fine print of these policies and see for yourself)
  • It also means that at claim time, if an insurance company were to decide that you were never really eligible for the policy in the first place, they simply won’t pay out the claim and might simply refund the premiums paid to that date.
  • The risk to you of not understanding the fine print is particularly significant.

Where is the peace of mind with this type of policy you ask? Yep, we’re still looking for that ourselves. Without the assistance of a speciality risk adviser from unusualrisks.com.au you’re totally on your own. And who will be there for you and your loved ones at claim time? A different telemarketer this time perhaps?

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