11/04/2007 - 12:32

McGinty, Fong to US as Quirk heads to China

11/04/2007 - 12:32

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Both Health Minister Jim McGinty and Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk will head overseas during the State Parliament's four-week recess.

McGinty, Fong to US as Quirk heads to China

Both Health Minister Jim McGinty and Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk will head overseas during the State Parliament's four-week recess.

Mr McGinty will travel the United States this month with his chief of staff and Health Department Director-General Neale Fong to visit 14 health facilities during a two-week visit.

"The hospitals I will be visiting are all at the cutting edge of health care and I will gather invaluable information from meeting with the people who have been involved with developing them," the minister said in an announcement today.

Meanwhile, Ms Quirk will head a migration and investment delegation to China from April 14 to April 21, in an effort to promote business opportunities in the state

 

 

The full text of an announcement from the Mr McGinty's office is pasted below, followed by Ms Quirk's

Health Minister Jim McGinty will travel to the United States this month to visit some of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the world and meet with top-level health experts.

Mr McGinty said the research trip would provide valuable insight into effective health delivery.

"We are currently working on plans worth $4 billion to rebuild Western Australia's public hospitals and health facilities," he said.

"The hospitals I will be visiting are all at the cutting edge of health care and I will gather invaluable information from meeting with the people who have been involved with developing them.

"In particular, this trip will focus on hospitals recognised for their provision of innovative and efficient emergency care, cancer treatment, paediatrics and community-based and ambulatory services."

The Minister will visit 14 health facilities during the two-week visit. He will meet with more than 50 health professionals and groups.

Mr McGinty will be accompanied by his chief of staff and the Director General of Health.

The full cost of the trip is yet to be confirmed but a detailed report including costs will be tabled in Parliament.

 

 

Ms Quirk's announcement is pasted below

Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk will lead a migration and investment delegation to China from April 14 to April 21.

Ms Quirk, who is responsible for skilled and business migration to Western Australia, will be accompanied by representatives from the Small Business Development Corporation and Department of Industry and Resources.

The delegation will attend various events in Chongqing, Hangzhou (Perth's sister city) and Shanghai, in a bid to attract skilled and business migrants to the State.

"The value to the WA economy of business and skilled migration and the subsequent investment is substantial, contributing more than $390million in direct investment in the past year alone," the Minister said.

"Importantly, the number and value of business and skilled migrants coming from China is growing, but there are huge opportunities to further promote WA as a great place in which to invest and live."

During the trip, Ms Quirk will meet both Chinese government and private sector officials to promote the State's vast business opportunities and to streamline skilled and business visa processing.

"Attracting overseas skilled and business migrants is a very important component of the Carpenter Government's efforts to reduce the State's skills shortage," she said.

The Minister's visit coincides with the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry's trade and investment delegation, which is also visiting China. Ms Quirk will meet up with the CCIWA delegation as part of her itinerary.

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