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 Emerita 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
    Assistant Dean International, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, NSW.
  • Ms Bronwyn Coop
    Private consultant.
  • Dr Sarah Verdon
    PhD, BHthSci(Sp Path)(Hons)
    Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Pathology, Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, Albury NSW.
  • B Sp Path, Grad Cert Dysphagia, Grad Cert Health Management, MBA
    Director of Speech Pathology, Children’s Health Queensland.
  • Ms Joanne Walters
    BAppSci (Sp Path),Grad Cert Applied Management (Health Promotion),CPSP
    Speech Pathology Lecturer and Clinical Education Coordinator, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, NSW.
  • Gwendalyn Webb
    PhD, MA (Ling), BAppSci (Sp Path), CPSP
    Speech Pathology Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, NSW.
  • Dr Marie Atherton
    PhD, BAppSci (Sp Path), CPSP
    Senior Advisor, Professional Standards, Speech Pathology Australia; Lecturer (Speech Pathology) 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




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.

  • Unforgettable Day for Mr Dien
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    Unforgettable Day for Mr Dien
    Mr Le Khanh Dien recounts how submitting his thesis felt: “The date of 7 December 2020 was unforgett...
  • Mr Dien Presents Part of his PhD Thesis
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    Mr Dien Presents Part of his PhD Thesis
    Congratulations to Mr Le Khanh Dien (PhD Candidate, University of Newcastle, Australia) on presentin...