Trinh Foundation Australia works to assist the Vietnamese people to establish Speech Therapy as a profession in their country. We collaborate with our Vietnamese partners to create ...


    You can volunteer for Trinh Foundation in a number of ways – and you don’t have to leave the country, if you don’t want to. We are always looking for volunteers, to travel to Vietnam ...


    TFA works in partnership with a number of educational and clinical institutions throughout Vietnam to deliver on our mission of bringing speech therapy to Vietnam ...

Who We Are

The Trinh Foundation board and volunteers have a shared commitment to improving the quality of life of people with communication and swallowing disorders in Vietnam.

Each member of the board brings extensive professional experience and expertise from a variety of backgrounds to achieve our goals.

Our sources of funding are from grants, fund-raising activities, philanthropic donations and through collaboration with other Australian Aid organisations. All Directors and the Secretary are fully self-funded in all their activities associated with Trinh Foundation Australia.

Trinh Foundation Australia Ltd abides by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct, which provides standards on management, communication with the public and, most importantly, how funds are spent.

ACNC registered charity - visit acnc.gov.au for details


We are registered with the Australian Government Charities and Not-for-profit Commission – having received the Registered Charity tick.



Please email info@trinhfoundation.org to request a consolidated financial statement from the Secretary.

Organisational Structure


  • Mr Graeme Swift Australian Consul-General, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2009 – 2011
    Graeme has served in Australia’s foreign service for many years, completing 10 postings. He found working in Ho Chi Minh City among the most professionally rewarding, gaining enormous satisfaction seeing at first-hand how people and organisations working together can achieve sometimes quite extraordinary outcomes.
    Graeme now holds a senior position with DFAT in Canberra.


  • Professor Lindy McAllister
    PhD, MA (Hons) (Sp Path), BSpThy, Life Member SPAA
    Professor and Associate Dean of Work Integrated Learning Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney and founding director of TFA.
  • Mrs Sue Woodward
    DipSpThy, Speech Pathologist
    Private Practice, Central Coast, NSW. Conjoint Fellow in Speech Pathology, University of Newcastle and founding director of TFA.
  • Dr Sally Hewat
    PhD, BAppSci (Sp Path) CPSP
    Head of Speech Pathology Program, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, NSW.
  • Ms Bronwyn Coop
    Private consultant.
  • Dr. Sarah Verdon
    PhD, BAppSci (Sp Path)
    Research Fellow, Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE), Member of Excellence in Early Years Education Collaborative Research Network, Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University, Albury NSW.
  • Katie Walker-Smith
    B Sp Path, Grad Cert Dysphagia, Grad Cert Health Management, MBA
    Director of Speech Pathology, Children’s Health Queensland. 
  • Associate Professor Diane Jacobs
    PhD BAppSci (Sp Path), Grad Dip Psych, Grad Cert Univ Learning & Teaching
    Associate Professor of Speech Pathology, Course Coordinator (Melbourne) Speech Pathology School of Allied and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University


  • Ms Bronwyn Coop


  • Dr Peter Woodward BDS, MDS, MRACDS(Orth), Orthodontist – Management Advisor
    Dr Woodward, as a member of the Founding Executive of TFA, has been the recipient of the Sydney University Alumni Award from the Faculty of Health Sciences and in 2014 was awarded a medal from the Peoples Committee in Ho Chi Minh City because of TFA’s work to develop Speech Therapy Services in Vietnam.
  • Ms Huyen Nguyen BA – Translator / Interpreter and Advisor in Cultural Affairs
  • Ms Emily Armstrong – Social Media Co-ordinator
  • Ms Rebecca Amery – Social Media Co-ordinator




Our database contains the locations of over 33 speech therapists and clinics located in Vietnam.

Graduate Stories

How Vietnam’s first 33 graduate speech therapists are helping the people who need them.

  • Studying Autism Masters at University of Birmingham
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    Studying Autism Masters at University of Birmingham
    Graduate from last year’s Paediatric Speech Therapy Course Hien Do reports on the further study she ...
  • Gaining PhD through EDUSHARE Scholarship
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    Gaining PhD through EDUSHARE Scholarship
    Dr Cao Bich Thuy reports on carrying out extra study to gain her PhD after her recent graduation. “T...