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

    Boosting Queensland’s health exports focus of roundtable, trade mission

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

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Boosting Queensland’s health exports focus of roundtable, trade mission

    Queensland’s readiness to tap into the growing multi-billion dollar international market for health care services was a hot topic at the second in a series of high level meetings with private sector health industry leaders today.

    Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick hosted the second Health Exports and Investment Roundtable this afternoon in an effort to identify trade and investment opportunities.

    “At the first roundtable in August, participants provided me with insights into the significant opportunities that exist for Queensland’s health services and products, particularly in Asia, but also highlighted the challenges in tapping into these markets,” he said.

    “We agreed that Queensland Health, alongside Trade and Investment Queensland, will work with the private sector to strategically position Queensland and leverage our competitive advantages.

    “We want to meet our region’s growing demand for health care, while also creating flexibility in our system to grasp opportunities as they arise.

    “Today we were able to further analyse the barriers and success factors for increasing our health exports and identify ways the Palaszczuk Government can attract investment and accelerate export innovation by Queensland businesses.”

    In October, Mr Dick will lead a delegation of Queensland-based healthcare companies and medical research institutes on a trade mission to the USA and China to promote Queensland as a hub for investment-ready health innovations.

    “This trade mission will provide an unrivalled opportunity to put Queensland forward as an ideal location for health and life sciences research, development and investment – a message I will be proud to deliver to our American and Chinese counterparts,” he said.

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

    “It’s a valuable opportunity to directly engage with governments and industry through health-dedicated conferences, trade fairs and business networking functions – laying the foundation for vital new connections.

    “In turn, that will mean the exchange of health, life sciences and medical research information and innovations that will benefit Queenslanders.

    “We anticipate it will also mean an increase in Queensland’s health exports and investment in our state, which will stimulate the health sector to help ensure Queenslanders are among the healthiest people in the world.”

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    Media contact:               Anika Hume 0439 253 815