Học Mãi Australia House

Inside Hoc Mai House


On 5 October 2005, more than 100 people from Australia and Vietnam attended the official opening of Học Mãi Australia House in Hanoi. Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC, Governor of NSW opened the newly refurbished building along with the Deputy Minister for Health and Ambassador Bill Tweedell.

Hoc mai House opening

The Hostel, which is a converted laundry, houses up to 300 people a night. These include the relatives and friends of patients as well as some patients awaiting surgery. These people previously slept in the grounds of Viet Duc (Hanoi's largest surgical hospital).

Professor Bruce Robinson, Học Mãi Chairman, said in his opening speech that the opening of Học Mãi Australia House was the culmination of a massive community fundraising effort in Hanoi and Australia, and was the realisation of a dream of the late Professor Ton That Bach, the former director of the hospital.

Professor Robinson paid tribute to the many people involved in the project. He particularly mentioned PTW Architects who gave their time, AusCham, the ANZ Community Group in Hanoi and a special anonymous donor. The project cost over $130,000.

Học Mãi Australia House in 2008

In 2008, Học Mãi Australia House continues to house many relatives and patients that are waiting for treatment in Viet Duc Hospital.

The hostel continues to be a vital part of the health care management of the patients in Viet Duc Hospital.