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Taking Care of an Ageing China

In 2020, China’s population is expected to reach 1.4 billion, 248 million of whom will be over 60 years. This rapid growth in an ageing population presents China with a demographic challenge that looks to reshape traditional norms of the how the family takes care of the elderly in a new modern China.

At the same time, China’s evolving middle class demands higher quality services, world class medical technology and experienced health care workers to care for the aged.. By 2020, the Central Government aims to provide more aged care beds and a workforce of 10 million aged care workers.

As a world leader in the professional service of aged care, Australia has an opportunity to play a pivotal role in helping China develop its aged care capacity. Indeed, under the China Australia Free Trade Agreement, Australia now has unique access to China’s health care market and can now operate in China without the need of a local partner. 

On this episode we speak with Carol Allen from Sapphire Holdings on how Australian aged care providers are taking advantage of Australia’s aged care expertise in China. We discuss Sapphire International’s aged care facility currently under construction in Beijng’s pristine Fragrant Hills, the experience of working with local partners on the ground in China and the unique differences in training and educating Chinese aged care workers. Carol joined the Sapphire Group Board in 2003 and in 2015 became the CEO of Sapphire International Holdings to oversee international strategy and operation. With more than 30 years’ experience in the community sector Carol’s passion is to change the way aged care is delivered; She has now formed a team of highly committed and experienced managers who share her vision and are working with her to take this vision into China.

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