Workplace Skin Checks

Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women.

Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer,* melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australians. In 2013, 12,744 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma.

Every year, in Australia:

  • skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
  • the majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
  • GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer
  • the incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.

The Wellness Architects can offer onsite skin checks for your staff.

A basic 10 minute screening of sun exposed parts of the body without the need to remove clothing. Participants can choose to have any other part of their body screened.

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Using Your Super to pay for Weight Loss Surgery

SUPERANNUATION can be withdrawn early to pay for weight-loss surgery and a growing number of Australians are choosing to trade their financial future for a slimmer body.

You can access your superannuation on the basis of medical compassionate grounds according to the Australian Department of Human Services. Applications for compassionate grounds have risen by more than 50 per cent in the last reported financial year with almost $205 million approved for release.



  • You’re able to access your superannuation early for medical treatment or associated travel if you suffer from these conditions:
  • A life-threatening illness or injury
  • Acute or chronic pain
  • Acute or chronic mental illness You must also show that:
  • You can’t get the treatment through the public health system
  • You can’t pay any other way, such as using savings or selling assets Once an application has been submitted to Centrelink, it takes up to 28 days for it to be assessed.


“The ramifications of accessing super early could be really significant,” Ben Marshan, head of policy at the Financial Planning Association, says.

“Conservatively, every $1000 that you have in super at age 30 will be worth about $4500 at age 60. If you take $1000 out now, you have to put in $4500 over the next 30 years to get back to the same position. Financially, for a lot of people that can be a massive struggle and they’ll never actually catch up.”

Get professional financial help to understand the implications for yourself, Marshan advises.

“Accessing your super early should only ever be a last resort.”

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New Strategy to Combat Mental Health in the Workplace – NSW

The NSW Government is planning a sweeping new strategy to combat mental illness in workplaces across the state.

Peak mental health experts, and representatives from SafeWork NSW, unions and organisations including Uber, Google, Westpac, NSW Ambulance and the Department of Education will attend a two-day summit to design a blueprint for creating mentally healthy workplaces.

A discussion paper released on Friday proposed overhauling potentially discriminatory “risk-based approaches” that some businesses use to deal with mental illness, replacing them with proactive interventions aimed at preventing or mitigating mental health problems.

Employers would be benchmarked against a range of targets to monitor how well they address problems and make improvements.

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