Our Story

Teachers Health was established by the NSW Teachers Federation in 1954 to provide cost-effective private health care exclusively for members of the education industry and their families.
Since 1954, the foundation membership of 2,600 people has grown to encompass more than 290,000 individuals in the Australian education community, creating the largest industry-based fund in Australia.

Our current membership base includes union members who are employees working in public, private and independent primary and secondary schools, as well as tertiary institutions. Administration and support staff in these workplaces are also eligible to join.

We also offer membership to the families of people in the education community including their current or former spouse/partner, dependant children, adult children (or their partner or dependant children), siblings (or their partners or dependant children), parents and grandchildren. For more information on eligibility click here

Teachers Health has a proud history of awards and acknowledgements, including most recently:

  • being named Private Health Insurer of the Year in the Roy Morgan Research Customer Satisfaction Awards in 2015 and 2013. Roy Morgan is the world’s largest ongoing single source survey and each year approximately 50,000 Australians identify industry leaders in various fields.
  • acknowledgement as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2015 and 2014. The citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces and replaced the EOWA Employer of Choice for Women citation in 2014. Teachers Health was a proud recipient of the Employer of Choice for Women from 2011 – 2013.
  • being named National Contact Centre of the Year (less than 30 full-time employees) at the 2013 Australian Teleservices Association (ATA) awards (now the Auscontact Association).

Our approach 

Teachers Health's mission is to 'inspire and support eligible members to achieve the best possible health outcomes.'

We are dedicated to our members and prioritise their needs over financial outcomes. Any surplus generated by the Fund is invested directly back into the business to improve benefits and keep premiums as low as financially sustainable. To put it simply, we put people before profits.

We regularly review our products and benefits and are committed to maintaining a superior level of service that is often missing in larger and ‘for-profit’ health funds.

As a result of this approach, we have:

  • retained 97% of the loyal, satisfied members who have joined Teachers Health
  • maintained our commitment to our members, not financial interests
  • customised a range of quality health care products and services to suit the needs of individuals working in the education community (and their families)
  • paid generous benefits to members for a range of Extras services including chiropractic services, podiatry, psychology and speech therapy
  • returned to members an average of 91 cents in benefits for every one dollar of contributions received over the last five years

Members Own Health Funds

In February 2015 a new entity entered the Australian health insurance market with the launch of Members Own Health Funds.

Members Own Health Funds is a collective of 15 not-for-profit and mutual health funds, representing 18 brands, who share the same belief in putting members and their wellbeing ahead of profits.

Teachers Health is proud to be a founding member of Members Own Health Funds.

For more information, visit membersown.com.au