First Hanoi Medical University physiotherapy program to commence in 2013

26 November 2012

Professor Patrick Brennan recently visited Vietnam and met with the Executive of Hanoi Medical University (HMU) and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMP), Saigon, to discuss issues related to the training of allied health professionals in Vietnam.

Professor Brennan met with Round 9 Australian Leadership Award Fellows (ALAF), Professors Chau and Hahn, and Dr. Nguyen, who visited the Discipline of Physiotherapy for a two week mentoring program in late 2011.

Discussions revolved around the Round 12 ALAF application specifically inviting four leading rehabilitation educationalists from HMU for a three month period throughout 2013 for exposure to all elements of the physiotherapy programme in Sydney.Thanks to the trojan efforts of Professors Ada and Refshauge, the first HMU physiotherapy program will commence in September 2013.

Professor Brennan further discussed the needs of HMU with the Dean and Vice Rector with regards to the setting up of a Speech Pathology (SP) program funded by a Round 13 ALAF submitted by Professor McAllister. Also discussed was Radiation Therapy Training discussions with the assistance of University of Sydney academic staff, Professor Graeme Morgan of Sydney Medical School, and Dr. John Atyeo of the Discipline of Medical Radiation Sciences. Radiation therapy training was also discussed with the Vice President and the Executive of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Saigon (HCMC), and an ALAF will be submitted for this initiative in 2013.

Professor Brennan was also involved in the Hoc Mai Foundation and Sydney School of Medicine's highly productive research workshops in HMU and UMP.

This was the Faculty's most successful trip to Vietnam to date. An exceptionally friendly and fruitful relationship has developed over the last couple of years, and there is now a clear and exciting path forward which aligns with both Faculty and international strategies.