The Trinh Foundation Australia (TFA) established the Vietnam Speech- language Program as a means to address the development needs related to the management of communication disabilities in Vietnam, aiming to improve the quality of life for the many Vietnamese children and adults who suffer from communication and swallowing disorders.
In September 2010, the project established Vietnam’s first speech-language therapy degree program (a 2 year full time post-graduate diploma) at the Pham Ngoc Thach University in Ho Chi Minh City. With the view for it eventually becoming self-sustaining, TFA currently provides the skills, knowledge and financial resources necessary to implement this speech-language therapy training.
A flow-on objective is to raise the profile of speech-language therapy in health, education and community services in the population at large. TFA subsequently provides ongoing input, support and specialty training at clinics country-wide to help build the profession nationally, networking staff for research and higher degree opportunities as well as offering the services to the impoverished affected by the disorders.
These initiatives provide locals with the necessary knowledge and tools to enable them to successfully manage communication and swallowing disorders including those arising from head injury, cleft conditions, hearing impairment, autism, stroke, developmental delay and head and neck cancer.