Chinese doctors and other health professionals will receive advanced training from Queensland medical experts under a new multi-million dollar training agreement.

Experts from TAFE and universities across the state will train doctors and allied health providers under the Assist Chinese Healthcare Reform project.

From 2020, Chinese doctors, specialists, GPs and hospital administrators will participate in courses of 2–3 weeks across a range of disciplines.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the training was an opportunity to share Queensland’s healthcare expertise to achieve positive clinical and economic outcomes.

‘We have some of the best hospitals, universities and healthcare experts in the world,’ the Premier said.

‘This is about sharing our expertise in healthcare and converting it into economic growth and new jobs for Queenslanders.

‘Over the next 10 years, the Chinese doctors’ training program will generate at least $50 million for our hospitals and universities.’

The training project will be coordinated through the new Queensland Healthcare Professional Development Consortium, which comprises Queensland Health, 7 universities and TAFE Queensland.

TIQ is supporting the project through Study Queensland’s International Education and Training Partnership Fund, which has provided $297,000 in matched funding to support the consortium’s work.

Innovation Minister and Ministerial Champion for International Education Kate Jones said the consortium would first provide bespoke training courses in Queensland and later training courses were expected to be delivered in China as well.

‘Major reforms in China in the areas of preventative healthcare, community care and aged care are driving demand for Queensland’s expertise,’ she said.

‘We have the experts in these areas that China – and many other countries – do not.

‘International education is currently worth more than $4 billion to Queensland every year.

‘But we know that if we can tap into the global demand for training in the healthcare sector, the sky is the limit.’

The education and training sector is identified as Queensland’s second-largest services export (after tourism) in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Universities participating in the Queensland Healthcare Professional Development Consortium

  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Griffith University
  • University of Queensland
  • James Cook University
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • Bond University

Applications are now open for the current round of the International Education and Training Partnership Fund, which closes on 15 March.