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Helping in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

We are working with the University of Pham Ngoc Thach (UPNT), on the creation of a 4 year bachelor degree course in speech therapy.

In September 2016 UPNT, with support from TFA, commenced a 10 month long course in paediatric speech therapy. The aim of this course is not only to train more speech therapists to work with children in Vietnam, but to mentor Vietnamese speech therapists from the 2010-2012 and 2012-2014 courses to lecture and supervise students.

The goal is for Vietnamese speech therapists to run future courses without the direct input of volunteers from Australia.

30 students have successfully completed Term 1 and are now undertaking their first clinical placements in Term 2. In Term 1 we had Vietnamese doctors and linguists teaching anatomy, physiology, linguistics, audiology and Developmental Psychopathology.

Mr Quyen, Senior speech therapist at Children’s Hospital #1 and former AVI Clinical Coordinator Ms Simone Maffescioni co-taught Communication Across the Lifespan.

Clinical Education / Professional Practice was co-taught by Ms Simone Maffescioni and former AVI Course Coordinator Ms Marie Atherton and a range of Vietnamese speech therapists. Dr Alison Purcell, TFA volunteer taught Hearing Loss and Aural Rehabilitation (and also mentored in Hue).

In Term 2, we have students being supervised in HCMC by Vietnamese speech therapists at Children’s Hospitals #1 and #2 and at Sunflower Clinic.

These speech therapists are being mentored by Australian speech therapists Ms Louise Brown (multi-time volunteer for TFA) and Ms Stephanie Lee Slew (first time TFA volunteer). Placements are also running in Danang, supervised by returning TFA volunteer Mr Seth Koster and in Hanoi at the special education teacher training centre of the National University of Education, where Scope Global Volunteer Ms Averil Ivey is based.

The course is being coordinated at UPNT by Ms Han, a former TFA interpreter and office manager.




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