Viet Nam RTT Workshops - November, 2011
In November 2011, a team of volunteer Radiation Therapists funded by the Hoc Mai Foundation and Varian Medical Systems, visited Viet Nam for a period of two weeks to conduct workshops on Radiation Therapy Technologist practices, with topics including: simulation, mould room, planning and treatment.
A series of one day workshops were conducted at three major centers throughout the country: Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, Hue Oncology Hospital and K1 Hospital, Hanoi, and staff from surrounding centers were also invited to attend.
The workshops were well attended by not only Radiation Therapist Technologists, but also Radiation Oncology Medical Physicists and Radiation Oncologists.
The workshops were then followed by visits to nine different radiation centers, where the content of the workshops was discussed through tutorials, practical demonstrations and by working alongside local therapists.
This series of workshops were a result of:
- An official scouting visit in March 2011, where Radiation Oncologist Professor Graeme Morgan was invited by the Viet Nam Atomic Energy Institute (VAEI) to provide recommendations on a national plan for training medical radiation professionals.
- Numerous requests and invitations from different centers in Viet Nam for lectures and tutorials to be given to radiation oncology staff members about ‘Radiotherapy in Australia.’
Overall, the workshops were gauged to be a great success. Both delegates and volunteers found the trip to be an overwhelmingly positive experience.