Joondalup to host international aged care conference

A delegation of up to 100 people from China’s aged care industry will attend the 2018 Innovation: Solutions for an Ageing Population International Conference at Joondalup Resort this September.

The inaugural conference, to be held from September 12-14, is a collaboration between Shanghai Science and Technology Service Centre for Ageing, Bethanie, Australian Medical Association (WA), Edith Cowan University, Aus Global Exchange and the City of Joondalup.

It is the direct outcome of a trade delegation that was sent to China by the City of Joondalup last year to investigate opportunities within the aged care sector, as part of the City’s International Economic Development Activities Plan (IEDAP).

The IEDAP aims to facilitate international relationships that will lead to the establishment of Joondalup as a global city based around the development of mutually beneficial relationships.

To be held bi-annually, alternating between Shanghai and Joondalup, the conference will feature an energising and informative program of speakers, facilitating networking and business opportunities for supporters through an extensive and dynamic program of events including International keynote speakers from Canada, China and California.

During the conference, a Chinese TV camera crew will be filming around the Joondalup area and promoting aged tourism back into China to a potential audience of 680 million.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said an astonishing 248 million people in China alone would be aged 60 and above by 2020 and this demographic was one of the fastest growing tourism markets in the world.

“The formation of this relationship will open up a world of possibilities in aged tourism for the City of Joondalup,” he said.

“Most of the conference delegates will spend a week to 10 days in our City and inject over $400,000 into the local economy.

“Without leaving the City of Joondalup, delegates have access to Hillarys Boat Harbour – the State’s second most popular tourist attraction, Yellagonga Regional Park, some of Perth’s best beaches, world-class golfing, shopping and more. Hopefully they will all return to China and tell their friends and families all that Joondalup has to offer.”

Mayor Jacob said the City of Joondalup was a progressive and ambitious local government, driven by a vision it shares with its community as a bold, creative and prosperous City that is internationally connected and recognised.

“The City’s IEDAP identifies China as a priority market for development with a focus on key industry sectors such tourism, education and training, health and medical and retail,” he said

“Our City is committed to ensuring that Joondalup has a place on the world stage and that our stakeholders and our community benefit from our collective efforts to focus on the international promotion of Joondalup.

“We look forward to hosting the 2018 Innovation: Solutions for an Ageing Population International Conference and as Mayor I look forward to meeting some of the delegates during their stay.”