• WHAT WE DO
    WHAT WE DO

    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 ...

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    VOLUNTEER

    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 ...

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    CURRENT WORK

    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 ...

Kianh Centre and Hearing and Beyond to host Bachelor and Masters Students in the Future

Both the Kianh Foundation and Hearing and Beyond School are small organisations located near Hoi An, in the centre of Vietnam. The Kianh Foundation was founded by Jackie Wrafter, and in 2008 they began to build the Day Centre where their programs are now delivered from. Kianh is now a thriving interdisciplinary development centre for children with all types of disabilities. Hearing and Beyond was founded by Mai McCann and is a much smaller school for children with hearing impairment. Both organisations source all their own funding and are not boosted by government funding. Both organisations are in need of speech pathologists to work with their teachers and students.
Recently, a small group of University of Newcastle speech pathology students completed a fourth year placement at each of the centres. Both organisations are so thankful for the support offered through University of Newcastle Speech Pathology program. However, they were excited to hear about the plans for the Bachelor and Masters of Speech Pathology to open shortly in Vietnam.
Sarah Day, Australian Volunteer and Speech Pathology Advisor at Da Nang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy (DUMTP), and Dr Thuy Cao, Director of Rehabilitation at DUMTP and Paediatric Speech Therapist, visited both organisations. Jackie and Mai were very keen to partner with the local universities both in HCMC and Da Nang to support clinical placements for students in the future. They are looking forward to hosting Vietnamese students who are able to work directly with their teachers and students without the need for an interpreter. They also hope that the speech pathology students that complete their clinical placements with the organisations may consider returning to the organisations post study for full-time employment opportunities.
Sarah and Thuy will continue to meet with local private and government-operated organisations over the coming months in the hope of developing more partnerships that will support speech pathology student clinical placements in the future.

     

     

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