BALLARAT HEALTH Services may enter into an exchange agreement with Thai hospitals after delegates visited yesterday.
Representatives from the Crown Prince Foundation, a collection of 21 hospitals across Thailand, have toured Australian hospitals over the past few days including in Sydney and Tasmania.
Ballarat was their last stop before flying home today.
From the Foundation of the Crown Prince, Dr Uthai Sudsukh said he hopes an exchange program comes out of the day and regular visits will be put in place.
“From the exchange it will be good to exchange views and knowledge,” Dr Sudsukh said.
“We’ve learnt a lot from the development of health services from hospitals down to general practioners and community health.”
BHS executive director for Operational Performance and Improvement Rowena Clift said BHS was recommended by the Department of Health because they were a leader in the region.
In the afternoon, discussions continued about ongoing training.
“We’ve been discussing community programs like services outside the hospital, including our simulation van that’s used for education and also our hospital in the home program.”
Department of Health representative Daniel Donnelly said the Victorian government was working hard to build relationships with international partners, particularly in Asia.
“There’s lots to learn from different health systems on each end,” he said.