Victoria will play a major role in supporting Singapore to build modern, state-of-the-art hospitals as part of a new deal made by the State Government of Victoria.

On 26 May 2017, Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy met Singapore's Minister for Health, the Honourable Gan Kim Yong MP and witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Singapore and Victoria.

The deal presents another unique opportunity to showcase Victoria's achievements and expertise in building state-of-the-art hospitals such as the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, health system design and delivery, and create new collaborative partnerships.

The meeting was the first stop in a trip focused on building international ties between Victoria's globally-renowned health and medical research institutions in Singapore and India in order to drive further investment in Victoria's economy.

A key focus of the visit will be to promote Victoria's expertise across the health sector, providing opportunities for partnerships with India's vastly developing digital health industry, start-up sector, and in specific healthcare streams such as trauma medicine, infectious diseases and cancer.

India is the world's fastest growing large economy, and Victoria's trade with India has nearly doubled over the last decade, led by growth in international education, with many of the state's education ties based in the health and technology sectors.

A new India Strategy is also under development by the government aimed at building upon the unique connections Victoria and India share, and strengthening the economic, social and cultural relationship.

The International Health Strategy 2016-2020: Partnering for a healthy and prosperous future outlines the government's vision to grow Victoria as a global exporter of goods and services in health, health education, aged care, and health and medical research.

The healthcare sector contributes more than A$30 billion to the Victorian economy each year, and employs more than 130,000 Victorians.