International projects

Vietnam students at Sydney Nursing School | Safe Children Vietnam | Critical care workforce in Timor Leste | Professorial exchange grant with China | Hoc Mai Australia Vietnam scholarship project | International Nursing PhD Collaboration


Vietnam students visit Sydney Nursing School


Vietnam students through Hoc Mai Foundation

In September 2013, Sydney Nursing School welcomed the first two students to visit from Vietnam under the Hoc Mai Foundation – Pham Thi Ha and Dao Thi Huyen. They gave a presentation to staff on their perceptions of nursing and experiences while in Australia.

The students are enrolled in the Advanced Program in Nursing at Hanoi Medical University and spent four weeks at Sydney attending lectures, tutorials and clinical simulations laboratory sessions. The final two weeks of their visit were on clinical placement at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Ha and Huen spoke of the differences in class sizes between the two cities. With large student numbers in Hanoi, sometimes it is necessary to view classes from outside through glass windows. Only five or so students could work with equipment at a time. In their studies in Hanoi, there were theoretical subjects but not the level of practical components that are available at Sydney Nursing School. They were impressed with the on-hand experiences available to them during their time here, with state-of-the-art equipment in the simulation laboratories, and the opportunity to learn clinical skills at RNSH.

Better welfare for Vietnamese children in adversity

Professor Jenny Fraser shares a lunch with Vietnamese nurses

The opportunity to provide health, education and protection for children in need, and to work with nurses and doctors in children’s hospitals across Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to research child injuries has become a reality, thanks to a project led by Associate Professor Jennifer Fraser, from Sydney Nursing School.

The “Safe Children Viet Nam” project has been made possible through the UBS Optimus Foundation which works to break down barriers that prevent children from reaching their potential by funding leading organisations to improve the health, education and protection of children in any countries where children face adversity. The foundation’s overall goal is to protect children from abuse of all kinds.

The team travelled to Ho Chi Minh City in August 2013 to pave the way for the start of the ‘Safe Children Viet Nam’ project. Associate Professor Fraser brings her wealth of experience in leading research programs in maternal and child health, child development and paediatric nursing. Tara Flemington is coordinating this project. This study will be the focus of Tara's PhD, supervised by Jennifer Fraser.

Critical care workforce in Timor Leste


Working in Timor Leste

Timor Leste’s Ministry of Health, the National Hospital of Guido Valadares and the Institute of Health Sciences in Dili have joined forces with the University of Sydney to improve the capacity of the critical care workforce in Timor Leste.

The University's team includes members from Sydney Nursing School and Sydney Medical School, as well as others from Northern Clinical School, ICU and Royal North Shore Hospital.

We continue to work with the Timorese health system to develop a systematic, practical and team-oriented critical care education program for health professionals, as part of an ongoing, evidence-based, practical and effective way of imparting knowledge and developing skills in the area of critical care nursing.

Professorial exchange grant with China


China Australia project

The International Project Development Fund and Sydney Nursing School have funded a project concerning "Capacity building for international Nursing and Midwifery research collaboration".

The aim of this program is to initiate an exchange visit between staff of Sydney Nursing School and nurses at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. The Office for Global Health at the University of Sydney already has a significant research and teaching relationship with the medical and science faculties of Shanghai Jiao Tong. This program proposes to extend capacity for collaborative health research and professional development by initiating a research and teaching relationship with other members of the health team from Shanghai Jiao Tong, namely the nurses and/or midwives.


Partners: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Sydney Nursing School staff: Professor Jill White, Associate Professor Donna Waters

Hoc Mai Australia Vietnam scholarship project


Hoc Mai Vietnam Australia

Matthew Ah Chow and Stephanie Compton were the first of several nursing students from the University to receive scholarships from the Hoc Mai Australia Vietnam Medical Foundation, which allowed them to undertake a one-month clinical placement in Vietnam.

Stephanie commented on her time in the theatres: "I have realised that whilst the surgery that occurs might be fairly universal, the nurses providing post-operative care do so withour the help of many things we take for granted at home."

Many nursing students are confident that a nursing qualification will give them the chance to make a difference in the world, and scholarships like this create a wonderful opportunity to follow that path.

International Nursing PhD Collaboration (InPhD), Palma de Mallorca


InPhD 2009

In winter 2009 a number of PhD students and academics from the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery took part in a summer school hosted by the Nursing PhD Program at the Universitat de les Illes Balears in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

The International Nursing PhD Collaboration (InPhD) was created in 2004 by academics from the University of Toronto, University of Ballearic Islands (Spain), University of Melbourne, and University of Nuevo Leon (Mexico) to offer nurses the opportunity to be educated on global health and nursing issues from a research perspective. In 2007 the University of Sydney joined the program and Sydney Nursing School's Professor Trudy Rudge has played a major role in the collaboration which she describes as providing "an excellent opportunity for early career researchers to make international links and engage in intensive discussion and debate with their international colleagues".

Our two PhD students were Jasmine Cheung and Christina Aggar. Jasmine undertook research into nurses’ experiences of caring for outlier patients in an acute care setting while Christina undertook research into nurses' knowledge and attitudes of palliative care in residential aged care facilities. Associate Professor Maureen Boughton, then Director International Programs, also attended.