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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Minister to take Queensland's health smarts to the world

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Minister to take Queensland's health smarts to the world

    Queensland’s investment-rich health and life sciences research and development industry will be the focus of a week-long trade mission to the US and China beginning today.

    Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick will lead a delegation of some of the state’s top innovators as he seeks to promote Queensland’s growing reputation for health and medical excellence.

    The delegation will visit world-leading health hubs such as Minneapolis and Shenzhen to advance investment opportunities in Queensland and strengthen ties with two of our biggest trading partners.

    “The key focus of this mission is to bolster Queensland’s relationship with the USA and China and to promote Queensland’s expertise and skills, in turn encouraging investment and creating jobs,” he said.

    “This mission will provide a valuable chance to directly engage with governments and industry through health-dedicated conferences, trade fairs and business networking functions – laying the foundation for vital new connections.

    “Ultimately, this mission provides an unrivalled opportunity to propel Queensland forward as an ideal location for health and life sciences research, development and investment, which will in turn benefit Queenslanders.

    “This mission will also lay the groundwork for achieving My health, Queensland’s future: Advancing health 2026, our 10-year vision for health, which aims to ensure Queenslanders are among the healthiest people in the world by 2026.”

    The Minister will be joined by the likes of James Cook University, the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Life Sciences Queensland, Tunstall Healthcare and the Queensland Brain Institute (The University of Queensland).

    “These companies and institutions are a great example of the state’s track record of innovation and an indication of the possibilities that doing business in Queensland can offer,” Mr Dick said.

    While in the US, the Minister will host meetings with the CEOs of major biotechnology and research firms.

    In China he will meet with business as well as regional and municipal governments in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Brisbane’s sister city Shenzhen.

    Mr Dick said the Chinese market was gearing up for a massive boom in healthcare demand with almost 400 million people aged over 50.

    “The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest growing healthcare market in the world, with the Chinese Government predicted to spend US$1.3 trillion a year on healthcare by 2020,” he said.

    “We need to plan now to take advantage of the enormous opportunities this presents for Queensland – and that’s a major focus of this trade mission.

    “We also intend to reach agreement about how to more effectively manage communicable disease through public health initiatives and create better care delivery and workforce solutions.

    “Aged care solutions and better hospital and design management will also be incorporated into our discussions.”


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