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 ...


Professor Emerita Lindy McAllister was the inaugural Head of the Speech Pathology program at Charles Sturt University in Albury, NSW. This was the first Speech Pathology program to be established outside an urban centre in Australia. This program has become well-known for its community based models of practice and social models of disability as frameworks for its curriculum. Her interest in Vietnam has been ongoing since commencing a clinical education program for students from Charles Sturt University at Phu My Orphanage, HCMC, in 2001. Until December 2011, Professor McAllister was a Deputy Head of the University of Queensland Medical School. She was then appointed an Associate Dean, Work Integrated Learning, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. Professor McAllister, 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.

Mrs Sue Woodward first joined the Project Boomerang Cleft Care Team in 2007 as a self-funded Consultant Speech Pathologist, travelling to Vietnam twice per year. Sue has over 37 years of clinical experience and works primarily in private practice on the Central Coast, NSW. She is a Conjoint Fellow in Speech Pathology at The University of Newcastle where she assists with clinical education associated with Working in Developing Communities. In 2013 Sue received the prestigious Elinor Wray Award from Speech Pathology Australia because of her outstanding contribution to the profession through her work in Vietnam. Mrs 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.

Dr Sally Hewat is currently Program Convenor and Head of Speech Pathology at the University of Newcastle. Sally is a certified practicing speech pathologist with specialist expertise in the area of stuttering. Sally leads a team of clinical researchers at the University of Newcastle Stuttering Clinic. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in the development and evaluation of treatments for people who stutter and novel service delivery models for the delivery of speech therapy services. Sally has been actively involved in the project to date by providing lectures in her specialty field of stuttering and research methods to the students at PNTU. Sally has also facilitated cross cultural experiences and continuing professional development for students and graduates from PNTU.

Ms Bronwyn Coop is a consultant specialising in policy, governance, management and strategy development. She has had an extensive career in public sector roles in information management, policy, governance and library services. She worked at the State Library of NSW in policy, planning and research and has managed a number of government special libraries. She has also worked in the NSW public health system, most recently managing policy, corporate governance and information management in health practitioner regulation. Bronwyn began training as a speech pathologist and is committed to equity and community development.

Dr. Sarah Verdon Sarah is a speech pathologist and early childhood researcher who is passionate about embracing the diversity of children from different cultures, languages, socioeconomic backgrounds and levels of ability to create opportunities for all children to have a strong start to life and reach their full potential. Sarah is co-chair of The International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech consisting of 60 experts in the fields of multilingualism and child speech from 30 different countries to support professional practice with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She oversaw the development the Speech Pathology Australia national position paper and clinical guidelines for “working in a culturally and linguistically diverse society”, which is used to inform and direct professional practice in this field. Sarah began her association with Trinh Foundation as an in country volunteer and now works as a director with a focus on mentoring long term volunteers and strengthening the organisation through fundraising and the development of resources.

Ms Katie Walker-Smith is currently Director of Speech Pathology, Children’s Health Queensland, based at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. She has over 20 years clinical and management experience with a particular interest in paediatric dysphagia and management of children with cleft palate. Katie has been actively involved with Trinh Foundation Australia since an opportune introduction in Ho Chi Minh City in 2009. She has worked in clinical roles throughout Australia and the United Kingdom and in a volunteer capacity in the Philippines, East Timor, Mexico and Vietnam.

Ms Joanne Walters is a Lecturer and Clinical Education Coordinator for the Speech Pathology (honours) program at the University of Newcastle (UON), Australia. She is a certified practicing speech pathologist with an interest in paediatric speech sound disorders. In her role as clinical education coordinator she is responsible for strategic planning and implementation of the clinical education program. Joanne has a particular interest in exploring and engaging with diversity in clinical education through use of innovative models of clinical education such as simulation that enhance the student learning experience. Her interest in Vietnam began with students from UON undertaking clinical placements from 2008 supported by the Trinh Foundation. Since then Joanne has ongoing involvement In Vietnam through student supervision, mentoring of clinical educators, provision of workshops to teachers and parents and developing resources.





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.

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