Sharing knowledge on disability and development

20 September 2011

The Faculty of Health Sciences today welcomed eight Australian Leadership Award (ALA) fellows from Vietnam and Laos PDR.

The fellows, primarily funded through AusAID, will take part in a 4 week program aimed at sharing the faculty's expertise in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and community based rehabilitation (CBR). In doing so the faculty hopes to build capacity for our project partners to extend their reach to the most marginalised disabled children and adults living in rural and remote areas.

ALA fellows with Prof Llewellyn and Australian ICF Disability and Rehabilitation Research Team
ALA fellows with Prof Llewellyn and Australian ICF Disability and Rehabilitation Research Team

Prof Anton McLachlan, Director of International Development at the University of Sydney welcomed the fellows and wished them a productive two-way professional exchange and a fantastic time in Sydney, one of the world's most beautiful international cities.

"I hope you will leave having made new friends and connections that will continue over coming years," he said.

Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences echoed these sentiments saying, 'It is though the experience of sharing and learning from each other that our countries can all move forward together.'

More about the ALA fellows and their organisations

Office of Genetic Counselling and Disabled Children, Vietnam

The Office of Genetic Counselling and Disabled Children (OGCDC) is a private initiative (quasi NGO) under the umbrella of the Hue Medical College. OGCDC has implemented a range of programs that provide vital assistance to sick and disabled children and their families in Central Vietnam and the Central Highlands. Read more

  • Tran Thi Phuong Anh, Special/Inclusive Education Specialist
  • Tran Thi Phuong, Coordinator of Vocational Training for the Disabled
  • Huynh Thi Cam Tu, Officer from DoLISA of Nam Dong district in close cooperation with OGCDC in special education programs
  • Ha Chan Nhan, Physical Therapist at Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation of
  • Hue College of Medicine and Pharmacy who works in collaboration with OGCDC on outreach programs

Cooperative Orthotic Prosthetic Enterprise and National Rehabilitation Centre , LaoPDR

The Cooperative Orthotic Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) was established in 1997 as a partnership between the Ministry of Health, the National Rehabilitation Centre and several International NGOs. COPE supports the national rehabilitation program in five locations in Lao PDR in two key areas: funding for patients to receive services and skills development amongst Lao nationals. Read more

  • Ms Bounlanh Phayboun, Chief Executive Officer of COPE
  • Mr Sengthong Soukhathammavong, Programme Manager for COPE Connect (outreach programme)
  • Dr Khamko Chomlath, Project Manager and Head Trainer for the country's CBR programme
  • Mr Bounpheng Phetsouvanh, Deputy Director for the country's CBR programme.

The global AusAID Program assists Australian organisations to build partnerships and linkages with developing countries by offering professional development opportunities in Australia. For more information visit