Aged care: Queensland’s next big export?

Aged-care services are shaping up to become one of Queensland’s major exports, with an upcoming trade mission to China and Hong Kong focusing on ‘senior living’ products and services.

With the growing challenge of an ageing population in Asia, aged-care services will be needed for billions of older people, creating massive opportunities for Queensland companies working in the sector.

Seven of these companies will head to China and Hong Kong on a TIQ trade mission next week, accompanied by Principal Trade and Investment Officer Alita Singer.

Joining Ms Singer on the mission will be Phenix Health, Queensland Brain Institute, RDNS China, TAFE Queensland, Thomson Adsett, Thrive Australasia and Tunstall Healthcare.

Ms Singer said Australia had a strong reputation internationally for quality aged-care services and products, and Queensland firms included world leaders in the field.

‘For example, our mission participants include Thomson Adsett architects from Brisbane, who earlier this year were ranked number 1 in the world in the global elderly living sector by the UK architecture magazine Building Design,’ she said.

‘Thomson Adsett have worked in aged care for over 30 years, and completed major aged-care projects not just in Queensland, but also in Melbourne, China and Malaysia.

‘They’ll be joined by companies active in other aspects of aged care, including telemedicine, medical technology, nutrition, nursing and aged-care training, and planning and management of aged care facilities.’

Ms Singer said changes in family and social structures meant many Asian countries were looking for new ways to care for their elderly.

‘As children move further from their parents for work or study, they still want to know that their mother or father is well cared for,’ she said.

‘Elderly living communities provide the bricks and mortar, while Queensland e-health providers are coming up with innovative ways to monitor and share health data to help keep seniors safe and healthy.

‘For example, Tunstall Healthcare and Phenix Health, who will also join us on the mission, have telemedicine and meditech expertise developed for Queensland residents that can now be applied to the Chinese environment.

‘And cloud-based systems developed here can enable medical professionals to monitor an older person’s health and then share that information with the patient, their family and other health providers, all in different locations.’

The Senior Living and Aged Care Trade Mission will run from 14–21 November.

Delegates will first visit Guangzhou for the China International Silver Industry Exhibition, then head to Hong Kong for a series of business meetings and site visits.

The mission is the second international showcase event delivered under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022 and the first focused on health and aged care.


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