Other projects


Primary Trauma Care, Hanoi Vietnam, March–April 2011


1 Purpose of the visit

To continue to provide training courses following invitation from Professor Tu and the Hanoi University Medical Hospital, Ha Noi, Vietnam as part of the ongoing Primary Trauma Care training model.

2 Executive summary

The members of Australian instructors arrived to Hanoi on the 25th and 26th March 2011 and finishing on 3 April 2011. These consisted of:

  • A/Prof Marcus Skinner (Anaesthetist and PTC Co-Founder)
  • Dr Haydn Perndt (Anaesthetist and PTCF Trustee .)

It was originally planned to conduct 2 courses back-to-back but these were combined to one course at short notice because of unforseen circumstances with one of the primary Vietnamese instructor/co-ordinator. (New born child was sick and hospitalised.)


Professor Tu provided three Vietnamese Instructors in addition to himself and Dr Chinh. The group interacted well with a generally good level of English within the instructor group.

A total of 54 candidates attended the course. All of these candidates were anaesthetists from in and around Hanoi. Many of them new trainees and junior consultants.

Continued... (Download the rest of the report - Word doc)

International Nurses Day Viet Nam 2011

Professor Jill White - Viet Nam

Download the video of Professor Jill White speaking about International Nurses Day in Viet Nam.

Cardiology Research

Getting to the heart of sudden death in young Vietnamese

A/Prof Chris Semsarian & PhD student Emily Tu

With support from the Học Mãi Foundation, an important new collaborative effort was launched in 2008 to investigate the causes of sudden cardiac death in young people in Vietnam. In a joint initiative between researchers at the University of Sydney and collaborators in Hanoi, a review of the causes of sudden death in Vietnam will be performed in an attempt to identify potential genetic (inherited) factors responsible for these tragic and often unexplained deaths.

The research team from Sydney, which includes Professor Chris Semsarian and PhD student Emily Tu (pictured) have visited Dr Dang Van Duong in Hanoi to establish the study, which will look through post-mortem records, identify sudden death cases, and develop a cohort of sudden death cases in Vietnam over the last 10 years for further clinical, pathological, and genetic studies. A prospective study of sudden cardiac death cases will also be undertaken. The potential clinical benefits of understanding why young people in Vietnam die suddenly, and whether faulty genes play a role, is enormous, as Prof Semsarian explains:

"Understanding the inherited causes of sudden death in Vietnam will provide a platform for developing clinical and genetic screening programs in Vietnamese families where a sudden death has occurred, with the ultimate goal to identify disease early in relatives, initiate appropriate prevention, and prevent sudden death in the communities of Vietnam".