Who we are

Học Mãi, the Australia Viêt Nam Medical Foundation, is a non-profit organisation which was established in 2001 to improve health outcomes through education and research in Viêt Nam. It is a foundation of the University of Sydney that brings together the collective health care knowledge and experience of Australia and Viêt Nam in an educational partnership. The Học Mãi Foundation has a distinguished Patron, Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, AC. CVO. Governor of New South Wales.

Our mission

The Học Mãi Foundation will improve health in Viêt Nam through the ongoing education and leadership development of health professionals through exchange and in-country support. We do this by:

  • Supporting a bilateral exchange of students and health professionals between Australia and Viêt Nam
  • Assisting to develop an understanding of the methods of teaching doctors and nurses in Viêt Nam by ‘Train the Trainer’ programs and the SCORPIO technique
  • Facilitating the development of knowledge of the Viêtnamese doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers to improve health care delivery to their people
  • Developing a strong network of Australian medical, nursing, technical and allied health staff who will provide ongoing assistance and training of Viêtnamese colleagues
  • Providing practical assistance with preventive, diagnostic and management problems in hospitals in Viêt Nam
  • Increasing research skills in Viêt Nam with the aim of using research to improve care

What we do

We facilitate:

  • Education and ‘Train-the-Trainer’ programs in Viêt Namese hospitals and universities
  • Delegations travelling to Viêt Nam to teach clinical skills and knowledge within various specialities in a number of hospitals in Viêt Nam
  • Young health professionals from Viêt Nam to come to Australia for advanced training
  • Medical, nursing, and health science students from University of Sydney to undertake clinical placements in Viêt Nam
  • Viêtnamese medical students to broaden their hospital experience in Australia
  • Students in the Masters of International Public Health from the University of Sydney to undertake their praxis in Viêt Nam
  • Support for medical research and training

How we work

Học Mãi relies on the goodwill of Australian health care professionals to host and train their Viêt Namese colleagues. We act as facilitators for Viêtnamese and Australian medical personnel to gain experience and understanding of issues in the developing world. We rely on grants and donations to support our program.