Chinese aged care facility managers training in Adelaide

13 April 2017

Twelve managers of aged care facilities in Qingdao, Shandong, have spent the last fortnight in Adelaide for training by local experts.

The China (Qingdao) Aged Care Leadership Study Tour has been coordinated by Adelaide company Australian Aged Care & Health Export Services (AACHES) and has been delivered jointly by TAFE SA, UniSA and ACH Group.

This opportunity, the first of its kind in Australia, is a direct result of the South Australian Government’s missions to Shandong in 2015 and 2016.

The two-week training program has injected more than $100,000 into the South Australian economy.


The training has been conducted at TAFE SA Port Adelaide, UniSA City East campus, and ACH Group’s Vita site and Yankalilla facility.

The program includes both classroom lectures and reconnaissance tours of South Australian facilities. The training covers important topics in the management of aged care, such as:

  • Dementia care
  • Infection control
  • Palliative care
  • Australian standards
  • Healthy living and lifestyle
  • Assistive technologies

While no formal qualifications are awarded, the material is drawn from each institution’s current health science and aged care programs, and each participant receives a certificate of completion.

The high-level training program is being sponsored and funded by the Qingdao Government.

Quotes attributable to Marco Baccanti, Chief Executive of Health Industries South Australia

The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest growing healthcare market in the world and the Chinese Government predicts it will spend US$1.3 trillion a year on healthcare by 2020.

We’ve worked hard to offer Chinese investors access to South Australian expertise in aged care, and we’re proud it is delivering real results.

This training is a great example of how our state is using its world-class expertise to generate economic benefit through education.

Quotes attributable to Jerome Maguire, CEO of Australian Aged Care & Health Export Services (AACHES)

AACHES secured this partnership agreement with crucial help from highly-regarded local institutions—such as UniSA, TAFE SA and ACH Group—and with strong support and encouragement from the South Australian Government.

This is a great start and signals a bright future for aged care trade opportunities between China and South Australia.

Quotes attributable to Professor Robert Vink, Pro Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences at UniSA

UniSA is proud to partner with local business organisations and the state government to share its considerable teaching and research expertise in aged care.

Through this joint education program, we will not only build a close relationship with our Chinese neighbours, but also hope to make a significant positive impact on the quality of aged care in China.

Quotes attributable to Ray Creen, CEO of ACH Group

As a trusted leader in aged care education since 1952, we welcome this opportunity to share our expertise, innovation and best practice in all areas of aged care.

We look forward to continuing our work to ensure the best health outcomes and to highlight the importance of creating good lives for people as they age.

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