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Volunteer Returns to Vietnam

TFA welcomes back Ms Sarah Day, Australian Volunteer with the Australian Aid program funded by the Australian Government. Her assignment is at the Da Nang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy (DUMTP) for 12 months and will include supporting the university to plan the curriculum and implementation plan for the pilot Bachelor of Rehabilitation (Speech Pathology) to open in September 2019.

Sarah will continue to work in collaboration with the TFA board, as well as other partners in Vietnam, who are all involved in the planning and implementation of the Masters and Bachelors across the country in the coming five years. She will be able to specifically focus on the development of the student teaching clinic at DUMTP, as well as ensuring there are other viable speech therapy clinics in operation in the Da Nang area that have the capacity to host students for clinical placements. Sarah is also keen to support DUMTP speech therapists to continue to develop their clinical skills, particularly in the area of paediatric feeding, as this has been identified as the area of highest need for the DUMTP clinicians, as well as other speech Therapists across Da Nang.

Sarah writes: “I’m so pleased to be back in Vietnam! I’m here again with my family, husband Shane, and three children Sienna (12), Harlow (6) and Matilda (4). We are now settled in a little apartment very near to the beach and enjoying the relaxing walks each evening. Da Nang is certainly very different to Saigon where we spent most of 2017. The pace of the city is much slower and we are really enjoying the relaxed atmosphere here. The people are kind and friendly. There is still plenty of culture here to absorb, and when you stand on the beach and look around you, the view is quite magical with the mountains in the background on the peninsular to the north. We are looking forward to exploring the city and it’s surrounds in the coming months.
The speech therapy and extended rehabilitation team here at DUMTP are supportive and have embraced me so beautifully. Some familiar faces with Dr Thuy and Dr Hien from the HCMC Paediatric Course I coordinated in 2017, being an important part of the department, I now find myself working within. There are another three local speech therapy team members, and part-time TFA volunteer, Mr Seth Koster, who are make up the team. I’m really looking forward to working with each team member to support and provide development opportunities to them whenever I can.
I look forward to continuing to work closely with TFA over the coming year and supporting as many projects as possible. With the interpreter short courses already underway, we look forward to welcoming some University of Newcastle students in the coming week to develop and deliver a workshop for parents of the DUMTP clinic. Watch this space for more exciting news about the projects we are working on, especially as we roll out the pilot Bachelor of Rehabilitation (Speech Pathology).”

 

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