First round of funding announced

Bank of us, Tasplan and St.LukesHealth has announced the first ‘Pulse of Tasmania’ grants  - $45,000 in total - to Tasmanian organisations.

Fitex, Dress for Success Hobart and Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania will receive grants to provide programs that support Tasmanians’ physical, mental or financial health and well-being.

St.LukesHealth CEO Paul Lupo said the ‘Pulse of Tasmania’ was launched in May this year.
“We launched the Pulse when Tasmanians were reeling from the impacts of COVID-19, with the shared vision of helping Tasmanians to get back on their feet, said Mr Lupo.

Tasplan CEO Wayne Davy said the three organisations had committed $100,000 to support initiatives that would help shape the new normal.

“We’ve always been about helping Tasmanians, whether directly through products and services, or by contributions to and engagement with our local communities,” Mr Davy said.

“We take our responsibility to help Tasmania to get through these unprecedented times, very seriously.”
Bank of us CEO Paul Ranson said the ‘Pulse of Tasmania’ asked Tasmanians to tell their stories to guide the direction of the funding,

“We wanted to help, but what we didn’t want to do was to assume to know what would be important to our communities, once we got through the worst of the pandemic,” Mr Ranson said.

CEO of Dress for Success Hobart, Amanda French shared their Pulse story.

“We know that there are more than 9000 Tasmanian women looking for work right now and we know that this number is rising every day,” said Ms French.

“The support from the ‘Pulse of Tasmania’ will allow Dress for Success Hobart to build on the initial success we have had in supporting women in the Tasmanian community to ensure that all women experiencing unemployment (or underemployment) have access to a network of support if they so wish.”

Mr Lupo said the overall the response to the ‘Pulse of Tasmania’ was very telling.

“It confirmed what we’d been hearing more widely, that people were struggling to come to terms with the way their lives had changed due to the pandemic, but what we also heard were the stories of hope and resilience.

“We received many amazing stories, which is why we’ve also developed the digital magazine ‘The Pulse’.

“We hope that overtime ‘The Pulse’ will not only be known as the ‘home of the great Tasmanian story’ but that it will also become an invaluable resource for anyone seeking credible content about Tasmanians’ health and well-being.”

The ‘Pulse of Tasmania’ is supporting three initiatives in its first funding announcement, to help build a stronger and healthier future for Tasmanians.

The supported programs are:

Dress for Success Hobart – the program empowers women in the Tasmanian community to obtain economic independence by providing them with work-appropriate attire, job support mentoring, access to career development workshops and a supportive network to enable them to achieve self-sufficiency through gainful employment.

Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania – The peak body for the 35 Neighbourhood Houses around Tasmania. The funding will support Team Care workshops that are designed specifically for Neighbourhood House workers to support their mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and promote healthy team relationships.

Fitex - Tasmania’s leading health and fitness expo now hosts several ongoing community events, projects and initiatives. The Fitness Calendar, supported by the ‘Pulse of Tasmania’ funding, will provide Tasmanians with access to a variety of thoughtfully designed fitness, health and wellness sessions across Tasmania.

The remaining recipients of the Pulse of Tasmania funding will be announced early in 2021.

For more information about the Pulse of Tasmania or to view ‘The Pulse’ digital magazine head to www.pulseoftasmania.com.au


Pulse of Tasmania

St.LukesHealth is passionate about Tasmanians health and well-being, whether it be through assisting members on their health journey, or through being and active member of the communities in which we operate.

St.LukesHealth has partnered with Bank of us and Tasplan to support the financial, physical and mental well-being of Tasmanians post COVID-19.

Collectively, we have committed $100,000 to support a range of initiatives that will help Tasmanians to help shape the ‘new normal’ for all Tasmanians.

As we embark on the ‘new normal’, we are reaching out to all Tasmanians to tell us their Tasmanian story. We are asking people to capture through a few words, an image or a video what it means to be Tasmanian right now and what Tasmanians need most to get back on their feet.

We want to support initiatives that celebrate, advocate or promote better health of well-being whether financial, physical or mental.

Submit your own ideas and share the Pulse of Tasmania with your networks, friends, family and colleagues on what Tasmanians need to move forward after COVID-19.

Visit pulseoftasmania.com.au to find out more.

From here, your suggestions will help us determine what will have the biggest positive impact on Tasmanians financial, physical and mental wellbeing.

To find out more, please watch the video.

Our History

Together we have been part of the Tasmanian landscape collectively for 240 years.

And in that time, we’ve supported you in sickness and in health, in riches and through hardship to ensure you and the Tasmanian community are healthy, wealthy and wise.

St.LukesHealth was formed by a group of Launceston businessmen. Since 1952, its focus has been on providing its members with the best valued health care based on a person’s lifestyle and financial needs.

From the first loan of $400 to James Brickhill to build a home, Bank of us has helped thousands of Tasmanian families over the years with more than just their banking.

And Tasplan has assisted more than 126,000 members to deliver everything they want from their super find, ensuring they can continue to prosper later in life.

Our Shared Values

We are Tasmanian: As three Tasmanian organisations employing Tasmanians, we understand what our members want and need to thrive.

We are member-focussed: Being member focussed means the customer is always at the centre of our attention – you are at the heart of what we do.

We want you to prosper: Whether that be ensuring your health is in tip-top shape, buying your first or forever home or looking further into the horizon, we want you to live a life of prosperity.

Deliver you peace of mind: We all have a proven track record of meeting our members needs and providing services that deliver better outcomes.

Our Mission

Working alongside each other for many years, we’ve decided to make our partnership formal and work together for the greater good of Tasmania.

We want you - Tasmanians - to tell us what it means to be Tasmanian, what do they love about their state and what they think the biggest challenge is for us in the future.

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