Who we are

  • As Australia’s leading medical defence organisation, Avant offers medical professionals more expertise, more claims experience, and now, an extended range of insurance products spanning medical indemnity, cover for medical practices, health and, income, life and total permanent disablement.

    A mutual, not-for-profit insurer

    Avant is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation, owned by our members. We’re financially strong with growing net assets and a reward plan offering loyalty benefits in years when we perform well.

    We offer expert medicolegal advice and assistance to over 60,000 health practitioners and students.

    Avant has the largest “in-house” legal team of all medical defence organisations in Australia, with over 40 lawyers nationally, providing high quality legal services and personalised support in a cost effective manner, as well as rapid response to urgent medicolegal issues.

    Through our licensed insurance subsidiary, Avant Insurance Limited, we offer a range of insurance products to health practitioners and students throughout Australia.

    Our heritage spans over 100 years

    Avant’s heritage of protecting and supporting Australian health practitioners spans over a century. We were formed by the merger in July 2007 of two of Australia’s most experienced medical defence organisations: UNITED Medical Protection (established 1893) and the Medical Defence Association of Victoria (established 1895).

    Avant today

    Today, we are Australia’s leading medical defence organisation and our knowledge and expertise spans across medicolegal advice, claims management and risk and education services.

    As a mutual not-for-profit organisation, wholly owned by our members, our strength extends to everything we do; from risk management and insurance to our depth of specialist understanding, our member engagement, industry voice and our national and state based resources.

    Nationally we offer our members access to our specialist expertise. Our teams in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth provide a range of advice and support services to our rapidly expanding membership base.

    Through our licensed insurance subsidiary, Avant Insurance Limited, we offer professional indemnity insurance. We also offer support to health practitioners and medical students.

    We offer:

    • Medicolegal and risk management advisory services 
    • Support, advice and legal representation in the event of a claim or complaint
    • Education, research and training programs in collaboration with medical associations, colleges and training providers.

    We also advocate for and represent our membership where it counts, and proactively campaign to protect the professional reputation of medical practitioners as part of our constitutional mandate.