Programs & courses

To access the Healthy Lifestyle benefit, health-related programs and courses need to be recommended by your referring health practitioner as part of a health management program intended to ameliorate a specific health or medical condition. To put this simply, your GP, medical specialist, physiotherapist, chiropractor or occupational therapist must confirm that the health-related program or course is intended to improve your health condition by completing the Healthy Lifestyle Program Support Documentation Form every 12 months.

Programs include:

• gym membership
• recognised weight management programs. Please note: There is no benefit available for meal replacement products/food. Recognised programs: Weight Watchers, GutBusters, Jenny Craig, CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, Impromy Program.
• Pilates
• yoga
• National Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL) Program 

National Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL) Program

The HEAL program is a lifestyle modification program that supports participants to develop lifelong healthy eating and physical activity habits. Facilitated by allied health professionals, the HEAL program is specifically designed as a prevention program for people who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. It is also suitable for people seeking to manage their weight, type 2 diabetes, heart disease (including high blood pressure or high cholesterol) or metabolic condition. HEAL facilitators are trained to support individuals who may be unfamiliar with how to make positive health and lifestyle changes or who may be unsure of how to safely take up physical activity.

How does it work?

The program offers eight group sessions in a friendly and supportive environment. The sessions comprise of one hour of lifestyle education and one hour of supervised exercise that can be modified to suit individual needs. One-on-one health consultations to assess current health status, fitness, measure progress, plan an appropriate exercise program and provide ongoing support are also provided at the start of the program and after the eight weeks of group sessions. The program is now available in 70 local government areas across Australia, including all capital cities and a broad network of rural and remote areas. To find a program near you, or for more information, visit www.essa.org.au

Note: In addition to the Healthy Lifestyle Program Support Documentation Form, members will also require a certificate of completion from your HEAL facilitator and a receipt. Dependent on your level of cover benefits and calendar year limits apply. A six month waiting period is applicable on all levels of cover.