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Queensland Health investing in innovation

Queensland Health is investing in innovation across the world by supporting the 2016 Global Business Challenge.

Seven finalists, including Queensland University of Technology (QUT), will be competing in the prestigious challenge aimed at identifying new clinical services and technologies to deliver better healthcare to isolated communities.

The challenge is a global innovation competition for graduate students from the world's leading universities to design sustainable solutions to global problems.

Chief Executive of eHealth Queensland Dr Mal Thatcher said the 2016 challenge was a great way to find ways to find innovative ways to improve healthcare incomes in Queensland.

"It's an honour to be involved in this initiative where the seven teams will have to develop a business case about how their proposed pilot project could be implemented within Queensland Health," he said.

"We are committed to investing in innovation and sponsoring the Global Business Challenge will give us access to the brightest, most innovative and intellectual minds from the world’s top business schools."

"Earlier this year the department released a 10 year vision and strategy, and pursuing innovation is one of the four key focus areas in this strategy.

"This is exactly what this year's challenge finalists will be doing, finding new and more cost-effective ways to deliver services to Queenslanders in regional areas.

"By 2026 the aim is to have increased the proportion of outpatient care delivered by tele-health models of care, which is key to delivering quality healthcare to Queenslanders in the regions."

Queensland Health is sponsoring the initiative for $200,000, which will be used as prize money for the winning team and clinicians and executives from the department will be among the competition's 24 judges.

The Global Business Challenge is a joint initiative between QUT, UQ and Griffith University as joint partners and is funded by the Commonwealth Government.

It was established in 2014 as the G20 Global Business Challenge and is now one of the world's premier graduate business competitions and this year reached its maximum capacity of 42 teams representing 45 universities from 15 countries.

Finals will be held from 31 October to 3 November with the winner being announced at a gala awards dinner on 3 November at QUT in Brisbane.

Last updated: 14 October 2016