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Volunteer provides support in Danang
TFA volunteer Jessica De Bolfo reports on her progress in Danang:
“The Danang Women’s and Children’s Hospital has been very busy over the last couple of months. The clinicians have been learning about a range of areas including speech sound disorders, developmental language delay and swallowing and feeding disorders and applying this theory in practice. It has been enjoyable learning more about the Vietnamese language and speech sounds. My own pronunciation hasn’t improved very much, but there’s still some more time to work on that!
Perhaps one of the most rewarding parts of my experience so far has been supporting the clinicians to introduce feeding and swallowing services in their outpatient clinic. Previously patients were unable to access this service at the hospital, so it has been quite amazing seeing the change the clinicians are now making to the lives of so many families. Along the way it has been fascinating learning more about the cultural differences in feeding practices between Vietnam and Australia and seeing these differences in action.
Another big achievement for the clinicians at the hospital is the establishment of some inpatient support for infants and children with feeding and swallowing disorders in the paediatric intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit and nursery. The doctors and nurses working in these units are very engaged and welcoming of the support because they are working very hard to provide the best care possible for their patients. The clinicians have been able to provide a follow up service post discharge for patients still requiring support with feeding or support to return to eating and drinking safely. There are even some patients on their way to tube weans!
Over the next month, we will work together to continue consolidating skills with the clinicians moving towards full independence when managing their patients. It has been a privilege working with this team and I am very excited by their ability and motivation to continue improving their clinical skills to support infants and children at the hospital. I think it is going to be difficult to leave!”




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