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Together for Health: An Overview of Australia’s Involvement within Vietnam’s Healthcare Sector
The idea for this evaluation of Australia’s involvement in Vietnam arose following discussions with His Excellency, Hugh Borrowman, Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam. The purpose of the evaluation, is to provide an overview of the scope and breadth of Australia’s involvement and interventions within Vietnam’s health-care sector, and to cohesively represent the extent of this partnership.
This report was compiled by Hoc Mai Foundation Researcher, Ms Aimee Wiseman.
View the Report
'Forever Learning, Sometimes Running...' 2013 City2Surf Student Fundraiser
Complete the 2013 City to Surf, held on Sunday August 11, and show your support for the work of the Học Mãi Australia Viêt Nam Medical Foundation!
Follow 3 easy steps:
- Register to run via www.city2surf.com.au
- Ask your friends and family to donate via the secure on-line form, and select Học Mãi City 2 Surf participants from the 'Purpose' drop-down menu in the Donation Information section (donors can choose to note the name of the participant they are supporting by using the 'Referred by' field for free text), OR download the gift form (PDF)
- Collect your free T shirt while stock lasts from the Học Mãi office, Room 208D, A27 - Edward Ford Building, The University of Sydney
2012 City2Surf Student Fundraiser
Last year's City2Surf Học Mãi fundraiser was a wonderful success with many staff members from Sydney Medical School, past and present Học Mãi Student Scholarship recipients and the 2012 Australian Leadership Awards Học Mãi Fellows in attendance.
How your support helps
As a developing country in transition, Vietnam is facing many unique healthcare challenges, and your support can help make a difference. Every $3,500 raised enables a Vietnamese Nursing or Medical student to complete a month-long placement at The University of Sydney, gaining invaluable skills and knowledge from our leading academics and practitioners. These placements create pathways for future collaborative research and opportunities for the next generation of potential leaders in the delivery of healthcare in Vietnam.
The Hoc Mai Foundation provided me with the incredible opportunity to study in Hue, Vietnam. I was exposed to many important aspects of medicine which are rarely seen in Australia and I was able to solidify my learning from back home. Through the support of Hoc Mai, my future career path has been further shaped by my newfound appreciation for the challenges encountered in delivering healthcare in low socioeconomic areas and developing countries. By supporting the Student Scholarship fundraiser, I will help create new learning opportunities and cross-cultural perspectives on healthcare delivery for Vietnamese students.
– 4th Year Sydney Medical School Student
Past recipients share their stories about the positive impact of our scholarship program. For more stories, please visit sydney.edu.au/medicine/hocmai/scholarships/toaustralia
Barefoot Bowls in Orange
Nicole Bartos and Laura Marshman are 4th year Sydney University medical students who travelled to Vietnam in December 2012 and spent a month at Bac Mai hospital in Hanoi, under the Hoc Mai Foundation Scholarship program.
They recently organised a barefoot bowls fundraising event in Orange, where they are spending the final year of their degree. Medical students from both Orange and Dubbo School of Rural Health campuses attended the event, as well as junior doctors and some local Orange residents. As well as the lawn bowls competition in the sun, there was a BBQ with meats donated from local butcheries, a cake stall and a raffle with great prizes from generous local businesses.
'We are very grateful to the Hoc Mai Foundation for supporting our Elective in Vietnam - it was a unique, interesting and rewarding experience that will shape our future careers. We wanted to raise funds to contribute to the exchange programs Hoc Mai facilitates each year, and to raise some awareness about the Foundation itself amongst our colleagues and friends.'
Our thanks to:
Bills Beans: 148 McLachlan Street, Orange NSW 2800
Odeon Cinema: 43 William Street, Orange, 2800
Harris Farm: 150 Summer St, Orange NSW 2800
Woolworths: 197/203 Anson St, Orange NSW 2800
Ashcroft's Supa IGA: 210 Peisley St, Orange NSW 2800
Pete's Carwash: Cnr Byng & Peisley Sts 240 Peisley St, Orange NSW 2800
Union Bank Wine Bar: Cnr Byng and Sale Streets, Orange NSW 2800
Byng Street Local Store: 47 Byng St Orange NSW 2800
M&J Butchery: 30 Moulder Street, Orange 2800
Farmgate butchery: 2 Prince St Orange NSW 2800
Viêt Nam and Australia join forces to fight ancient killer
We still don’t know why only one in ten of the two billion people carrying the Mycobacteria tuberculosis bacterium become sick with TB. But the disease kills more than a million people worldwide every year – or about three every minute.
"Viêt Nam has some of the highest rates of TB in Asia. Australia can play a role in combating TB there as we have already done in our own country," Centenary Institute researcher Dr Greg Fox says.
Greg, who usually lives and works in Viêt Nam, has played an integral role in numerous TB related projects including his genetic study of TB patients and their families.
"Because of the high number of cases of TB in Viêt Nam, we can compare genetic differences between those affected by TB and those who aren’t," Greg says, "This may one day allow us to identify the one in ten of us at greatest risk of being affected by TB."
Greg Fox, an Australian medical doctor and PhD student, never thought his TB research would lead him to strap research papers to his back and ride around the Viêt Namese countryside to visit research sites and train local doctors.
The full article from which this passage has been excerpted may be found at: www.scienceinpublic.com.au/centenary.