Allianz makes student safety a priority

Richard Laycock 12 September 2017

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Allianz Global Assistance partners with Sonder Australia on international student safety app.

There is good news for the 500,000 plus international students studying in Australia. There is now a partnership between Allianz and student safety support service provider Sonder.

Sonder will provide students who take out Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) with Allianz access to a range of safety benefits.

Over the last 15 years, Allianz Global Assistance (AGA) has received 13,000 calls to its Student Assistance Line (SAL), which is why Allianz has partnered with Sonder Australia to launch this one-of-a-kind service for international students.Using the Sonder app

The app provides OSHC customers with access to a range of benefits. The distress function allows members, at the push of a button in the app, to send a distress signal to the Sonder Support Centre, who will send a response team to their location and contact local emergency services.

“Often, when international students come to Australia, it is their first time away from home. Without a support network around them, it can be a confusing and daunting time," said general manager of International Health, Darryl Goodhand, in a statement.

The app also features a "check in and out" function, which will monitor the user's location when activated. The "walk with me" function works in a similar way, providing members with location monitoring as they walk to their destination.

In the event of a disaster, the "I'm safe" feature will activate based on a student's location and provide the user's parents with any news regarding the safety of their child.

Goodhand told finder.com.au that Allianz Global Assistance has no plans of using the Sonder service with any of its other insurance products at this stage, but there is the possibility at a later date.

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