Học Mãi facilitates the development of knowledge of Vietnamese doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers through a range of activities.
The programs improve healthcare delivery among Vietnamese people whilst developing a strong network of Australian medical, nursing, technical and allied health staff, who voluntarily provide continuous support and training for their Vietnamese colleagues.
The Học Mãi student exchange program offers Australian students the opportunity to visit Vietnam and gain experience working in local hospitals, and gives Vietnamese students the opportunity to gain experience in the Australian hospital system. The Exchange program is open to students studying medicine, public health, nursing and dentistry.
Research workshops in Hanoi, Vietnam
Research workshops are run in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City led by Professor Jonathan Morris, as well as other researchers from Royal North Shore Hospital. The workshops have facilitated the development of research proposals, as well as provide research grants.
Maternal and Child Health Program
The Maternal and Child Health Program is based in Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam. Initiated by Her Excellency, Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, the then Governor of New South Wales (and Patron of Học Mãi), the program was developed to improve health literacy in the remote mountainous northwest of Vietnam. The program is led by Professor Jonathan Morris, Professor Elizabeth Elliott and Professor Kirsty Foster.
Advanced Course in Medical Education and Research
The Advanced Course in Medical Education and Research, facilitates the development of knowledge for Vietnamese doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to improve healthcare delivery among Vietnamese people. The program has also helped develop a strong network of Australian medical, nursing, technical and allied health staff, who voluntarily provide continuous support to our Vietnamese colleagues.
Education has an emphasis on communication skills, ethics, patient safety, professionalism, developing research proposals. Research involves teaching research methods and linking HMU academics with researchers at Sydney University during their trips to Australia.
From the 50 candidates chosen to attend the Advanced Course in Hanoi 20 – 25 are selected to come to Sydney for a four-week immersion course.
Advanced Program in Nursing
Taught at Hanoi Medical University, this four-year course is conducted in English. Since 2014, Hoc Mai has played a significant role with Australian Nurses and Doctors involved in interactive teaching during twice yearly visits to Vietnam. Classes involve general and medical English for the junior years and nursing skills for the senior years.
Obstetrics and gynaecology
For several years, a team of obstetrics and gynaecology teachers from Australia have been teaching staff at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Courses have been held in research methods and medical specialities such as trauma management, paediatrics and obstetrics.
Seminars at Bai Chay Hospital
Since 2015, Hoc Mai has been involved in teaching at Bai Chay Hospital in Ha Long Bay. Seminars are held at the hospital twice a year. Topics covered have included patient safety, antibiotic use, ethics, infection control, family medicine and dealing with aggressive patients.