Release type: Media Release


Huge export potential for Tasmania in China deal


Senator the Hon Eric Abetz
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Employment
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Tasmania

EPOH Health Tasmania is today announcing that it has secured a cooperation agreement with the Chinese Government to develop the new Chinese Pharmacy Community Healthcare model for China which would revolutionise the way Chinese people get health care.


“Today’s announcement has the potential to create hundreds of new jobs and provide a big boost to Tasmania’s export economy,” Senator Abetz said today.


“The integrated pharmacy centre developed by Tasmania’s EPOH Health has the potential to develop a multi-billion dollar export industry for Australia.


“The EPOH deal is designed to provide China with pharmaceutical drugs, health and well-being products, professional education, technology, as well as long-distance visual health and data collection.


“There is also the opportunity for Australia to develop new markets for export of food produced under sustainable farm systems which are being developed at Redlands Estate in the Derwent Valley, in partnership with Natural Resource Management South and the University of Tasmania.


“It’s anticipated these products will be sold in community health care centres throughout China.


“An exciting aspect of this agreement is the local production of milk for infant formula for the relatively untapped Chinese market which would have significant positive effects on our dairy industry.


“Tasmanian milk production is recognised as being of a high standard and quality.


"This is a vital element in EPOH Health Tasmania securing this agreement.


“Peter Hope and his co-Directors of EPOH Health Tasmania are to be congratulated for their vision and all the work they have done to secure this groundbreaking agreement with Australia’s biggest trading partner.”