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Media Release

Bronwyn Bishop, MP

Minister for Aged Care

Member for Mackellar


5 August 1999



Successful Aged Care Trade Mission paves the way for business with Asia


Federal Minister for Aged Care Bronwyn Bishop’s first ministerial-led aged care trade mission to Japan and Hong Kong has paved the way for future aged care trade opportunities with Asia for Australian businesses.


“Australia has gained recognition around the world for its high quality aged care system, and, as Australia’s Minister for Aged Care, I was proud to share our experience and knowledge in aged care with Japan and Hong Kong,” Mrs Bishop said.


“Although our countries have many differences, we also share much in common, including our ageing populations.


“Australia has extensive and valuable experience in bringing quality care and quality of life to the older members of our society and there was clearly a strong demand in both Japan and Hong Kong for trade in our knowledge.


“The seminars held in Hong Kong, Osaka and Tokyo were very well received. The trade shows held to coincide with the seminars attracted very large crowds.


“Our trade mission received a lot of attention in the local media and a number of successful meetings with ministerial and senior Government officials in both Hong Kong and Japan have helped to forge strong links which are so important to fostering successful trade with Asia.


“Australia has developed world-class aged care which provide, through a diverse range of programs and facilities, accommodation and services to senior Australians both in the community and in residential care, in a well targeted and cost effective structure.


“Our Aged Care Services Trade Mission comprised some of Australia’s foremost aged care providers covering building technology and systems; residential aged care services; education, training and staff development, finance and management; and care in the home and community. These people are not only highly respected within Australia, but also have an active interest in Asian health and aged care systems and many are frequent visitors to the region.


“It is appropriate that I am advising State and Territory ministers at today’s Community Services Ministers’ Conference about the latest progress on the Federal Government’s reforms in residential aged care.


Media contact: John Wilson, 0412 437 317, (02) 6277 7280



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