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a short mission—over only a handful of days—it was a successful one, and we are following up on the many leads and opportunities that it generated. It again strengthened our relationship with Singapore, and I am delighted that this morning other ministers will report on their engagements with the Singapore community and market, which is very significant for Canberra.

We promoted our city as a place to invest and to do business, and we demonstrated our ongoing commitment to our international engagement strategy.

I present the following paper:

Chief Ministerial Trade Mission to Singapore—August 2022—Ministerial statement, 1 December 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health—ministerial delegation to Singapore

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.28): Staying with the subject of Singapore, I am pleased to report to the Assembly about a trade mission I led to Singapore in August, accompanied by the Director-General of the ACT Health Directorate, the CEO of Canberra Health Services and members of the ACT Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board. The purpose of the mission was to observe and learn from Singapore’s innovations in their health system, including the application of technology and architecture to deliver person-centred clinical services.

This trade mission coincided with the Chief Minister’s trade mission to Singapore, which allowed us to participate in components of the program that aligned with the ACT government’s economic development priorities, as outlined in CBR Switched On. These include knowledge-based economic growth through health and life sciences investment, digital mindset and community wellbeing. By aligning these missions, we were also able to examine these economic opportunities for Canberra through a health system lens.

Singapore is identified in Canberra’s International Engagement Strategy as one of our five priority markets, with health and sports sciences listed as a key capability area where the ACT can learn from the Singapore experience.

Like Australia and the ACT, Singapore has faced many challenges across its health system, including responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, increased demand from health services with an ageing population and high out-of-pocket payments for consumers. Like the ACT, Singapore has had to respond to a rising prevalence of

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