• 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 ...

Needs Assessment on Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Education in Vietnam

As part of our five year partnership with MCNV (Medical Committee Netherlands – Vietnam) a 3 month research project into the needs for SALT education in Vietnam has been completed. The needs assessment team gathered data from a cross-section of stakeholders: clients and families, clinicians, managers, education personnel, Ministry officials and graduates from speech therapy training programs. Over 3 weeks of data collection, 81 focus groups were interviewed across 8 Provinces in Vietnam and all 65 graduates from UPNT courses were invited to complete a written survey. The participants were asked about the current situation of SALT services and training in Vietnam and their visions for the future of the profession.

The project team included Technical Consultants in Research: Emily Armstrong (visiting Vietnam in December) and Seth Koster (long-term volunteer based in Danang). TFA trained Interpreters Ngô Y Sa, Dr Cao Bích Thủy, Trần Thị Hà My and Lê Thùy Nhung have been critical to the project’s progress. The project is being managed by Dr Phạm Dũng (Country Director, MCNV) and Mrs Nguyễn Thị Thanh Thủy (Program Manager, MCNV).

The research will provide documented evidence about speech and language therapy needs in Vietnam. The research will be used to advocate for strategies to develop sustainable, high-quality human resources and services to improve the quality of life for people with communication and swallowing disabilities. Emerging key findings focus on linking research, training and service delivery. The results of this research will be used to support the development of a proposal to Vietnamese Government Ministries for permission to run Bachelor and Master level SALT training in Vietnamese Universities.

A quote from a client gives voice to some key findings:

“I hope that every humanitarian organisation can help so that we are supported with financial aspects so that we feel secure in our treatment. But not only financial, also technical aspects. I still worry that it (stroke) will come back, when it comes back, it will be worse.    

I really expect that the organizations like MCNV of Netherlands and organisations from Australia can help to support the scientific capacity to treat and cure people, that is the first point: we need research capacities to help improve life quality.

Every human being who is born wants to be healthy; no one wants to be like this. In the days in the hospital, I cannot swallow, cannot speak, it was so hard for me. We (my family and I) were frightened.

If international science, together with Viet Nam’s science, can train people to help to develop and increase Viet Nam’s scientific foundation in this area … everyone in Viet Nam will treasure that.”

Client in a provincial area, December 2017

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