Ipswich health practices attract international visit

CHINA is taking tips from Ipswich on how to help people struggling with mental health issues recover.

A Chinese delegation, in Queensland as part of a new agreement between the two governments, toured the Gailes Community Care Unit yesterday.

The facility offers residential accommodation for adults who are in recovery but need extra support and to build life skills to successfully transition into independent community living.

The Chinese group was given an overview of West Moreton Hospital and Health Service's mental health service delivery models and offered insight into a key focus area of a new Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Queensland Government during the two-day visit.

The agreement follows Health Minister Cameron Dick's recent trade mission to China and the USA in October.

Mr Dick said the MoU would encourage sharing of expertise in critical health areas such as policy and regulation and best practice for hospital management.

"China and Queensland have a great history of working effectively together," Mr Dick said.

"We share the same issues of ageing populations, increasing chronic disease, increasing healthcare costs, issues of access and quality and the need to create more sustainable healthcare systems.

"This agreement sets out to support future collaborations between our government and the provincial governments of Sichuan to tackle these shared issues.

"Queensland and China share some of the brightest minds and innovators in the world and by working together, we can improve patient care and outcomes."

The MoU between the two governments covers five key areas; hospital management, health care professional training, health service design and development, advancing the understanding of traditional Chinese medicines and, treatment and rehabilitation of severe mental illnesses.

Deputy Director-General of Sichuan Health and Family Planning Commission Mr Ou Lisheng said he looked forward to collaborating with Queensland Health.