Health Minister to visit China and Indonesia

Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, will visit China and Indonesia next week (16-20 November) for talks with senior Ministers and to enhance health, sports and aged care partnerships.

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15 November 2015

Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, will visit China and Indonesia next week (16-20 November) for talks with senior Ministers and to enhance health, sports and aged care partnerships.

Minister Ley will meet with her Chinese counterpart Dr Li Bin in Beijing, where together they will sign the new Australia-China Memorandum of Understanding and Plan of Action for Health Cooperation, updating the agreements first signed in 1983.

“Australia has a strong and broad relationship with China. These agreements underpin our growing technical cooperation with China on health issues,” Minister Ley said.

“We are looking forward to continuing dialogue and exchange on areas as diverse as health systems, preventive health, communicable disease control, and medicines policy.”

Following the signing, Minister Ley will visit the Peking University Hospital to observe the latest developments in acute care in China, and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, to discuss international cooperation in preventing the spread of emerging infectious diseases.

Minister Ley will also meet with aged care stakeholders investigating trade and investment opportunities in China following the signing of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement. The stakeholders will be in Beijing, attending Austrade’s first Australia–China International Aged Care Summit.

In Jakarta, Minister Ley will be supporting the Government’s efforts to strengthen Australia’s business relationship with Indonesia through the Indonesia Australia Business Week event.

“This event reinforces bilateral relationships through high-level political and commercial exchanges, and promotes Australia as a trade, investment, education and tourism partner,” Minister Ley said.

“Indonesia has a large and growing demand for healthcare and seniors living services, products and facilities.

“This event will help us showcase our capabilities in leading edge health technology, innovation, skilled professionals and research and development. It’s a great forum to exchange ideas and enhance cooperation.”

Minister Ley will meet with the Indonesian Minister for Sport to discuss the potential for further cooperation between the two countries in the area of sport and further explore opportunities within the remit of the Australian Sports Diplomacy Strategy.

Ms Ley will also visit a school in central Jakarta to meet AFL representatives who are delivering a school sports programme to observe school children participating in AFL skills learning. Discussions will also take place with the programme representatives and school officials.

“While Australia and Indonesia have proud sporting histories at the elite level, we also both appreciate the value sport brings at the grassroots level to our communities, and in the promotion of good health,” Ms Ley said.

Media contact:
Troy Bilsborough, +61 427 063 150 – China and Indonesia
Kay McNiece 0412 132 585 - Australia

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