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Health industry forum promotes innovation

Embargoed until noon, Tuesday 4 April 1995

The Australian health industry has been challenged to capture export opportunities through innovation.

Speaking at the second meeting of the Australian Health Industry Development Forum in Canberra today, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Ted Lindsay, said the health industry needed to build on its already established strong base.

"Australia should be recognised as a Centre for Health Excellence in the Asia Pacific region," Mr Lindsay said.

The health industry is diverse and already a highly innovative sector, " It draws on a strong research base. The attractiveness of Australia as a location for carrying out sophisticated RD and producing high technology products is gaining greater recognition.

In many areas, the health industry is at the leading edge of technologies and services. Many companies are employing innovative marketing strategies and forging strategic alliances.

This very Forum is an innovative response to the needs of industry," said Mr Lindsay.

"The Government is committed to developing the health sector as a leading export industry. The Forum's role is pivotal in achieving this outcome."

Mr Lindsay said the Federal Government and the Industrial Supplies Office supported a pilot project for networked electronic facility to access up-to-date information on the capabilities and opportunities.

"It is vital that the health industry set a target to have the pilot facility in place within 12 months. " Mr Lindsay said.

He also called upon participants to contribute ideas on how best to boost innovation in the health industry.

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Senator Peter Cook, is preparing a major statement on innovation for delivery later this year. Contributions are being sought from industry fora being held around Australia.

The Statement will set out the medium and long term strategies for developing Australia's capacity to innovate and capture the economic and social benefits," Mr Lindsay said.

The Australian Health Industry Development Forum was established last year to develop the health industry's capacity domestically and to build an export industry based on technical capability.


Andrew McCredie Mr Lindsay's Office 06 277 4704

Ann Muller Department 06 276 1874