(QldGovSpin) Queensland Poised To Sell Ambulance Expertise In China

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 18/07/2004 - 23:26

Beijing: Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland University of Technology are a step closer to selling courses based on their knowledge and expertise to China, Premier Peter Beattie announced today.

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Premier & Trade, Peter Beattie
premier@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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18/07/04

"A letter of intent signed today is expected to result in a substantial economic boost for Queensland, the creation of new jobs in teaching and a wonderful international advertisement for our Ambulance system," said Mr Beattie.

"It is a wonderful compliment to our Ambulance officers and executives that Chinese experts have selected the Queensland system as being the best they examined.

The purpose of the Letter of Intent between Queensland University of Technology, Queensland Ambulance Service and the Emergency Medical Centre Branch of the Chinese Hospital Association is to:
- outline the education and training needs in China;
- identify programs and activities to meet those needs; and
- outline the responsibilities of each organization in delivering those programs.

"In a nutshell, the agreement outlines how the organisations are planning to develop university award courses and other training programs for Chinese pre-hospital care staff.

"These programs would be delivered jointly by QUT and Queensland Ambulance Service in both Australia for international students and in China, providing export dollars for Queensland and the likelihood of new jobs being created.

"The Emergency Medical Centre (First Aid Station) Branch of Chinese Hospital Association has been looking for a substantial and long-term relationship to help it deliver its vision of a national, standardised pre-hospital care system for China.

"90% of pre-hospital care in China is still delivered by doctors or nurses who have no specialised training in the pre-hospital environment.

"I am advised that there are minimal standards and award courses and paramedics do not exist as such.

"The Chinese association conducted an extensive international search to help it deliver a standardised system, including a study tour to examine ambulance practice and education in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland in August 2003.

"It decided the unique collaboration between QUT in the provision of university award courses and Queensland Ambulance Service in the provision of operational know-how was the best.

"There are numerous additional benefits for Queensland.

"China is in the process of establishing national standards for pre-hospital and emergency care throughout China, and there is significant opportunity for the sale of QUT and QAS products and learning programs and ongoing involvement in the delivery of such programs.

"There are also direct economic benefits for both the ambulance service and QUT in attracting international students to these programs and also the sale of short courses conducted by both organisations.

"The Chinese Government has established 300 emergency centres for the delivery of pre-hospital health care and the opportunity for the export of training is enormous."

Mr Beattie is leading a 10-day trade and investment mission to China, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Media contact:
Steve Keating 0408 720 081

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