Speech Therapy in Vietnam

In Vietnam the terms "speech-language therapy" and "speech-language therapist" are used, rather than "speech-language pathology".

Speech Therapy Course in Vietnam

Trinh Foundation Australia (TFA) is a voluntary, non-profit, non-government organisation, established in Australia. They are committed to improving the quality of life of Vietnamese people with communication and swallowing disorders. They work with our Vietnamese partners to support the emerging speech therapy profession in Vietnam. TFA is independent and does not have any political or religious affiliation. Its goals are:

  1. To improve the quality of life of the many Vietnamese children and adults who suffer from communication and swallowing disorders.
  2. To raise the awareness in Vietnam of Speech-language Therapy as a profession.
  3. To provide the knowledge, clinical skills and finance to establish formalised educational courses in Speech-language Therapy in Vietnam. 

It is estimated that over 13 million people in Vietnam have communication disorders and swallowing disorders. As social beings, we have a basic human need to be able to communicate with each other. There is enormous need for speech therapy in Vietnam but, until September 2010, there were no formal training courses for speech therapists.

Supporting the establishment of speech therapy in Vietnam


TFA's approach is focused on capacity building and skills sharing. With its partners in Vietnam, TFA instigated, developed and supported Vietnam’s first ever, two year postgraduate speech therapy training course.

 

 

In 2012, the first group of 18 Vietnamese Speech Therapists graduated from University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach in HoChi Minh City followed by the second cohort of 15 Vietnamese Speech Therapists on 2014. As of December 2015, there are 33 qualified Vietnamese speech therapists working throughout Vietnam. They are establishing new speech therapy clinics in Ho Chi Minh City, Lam Dong, Ba Ria, Hanoi, and Hue.   

In addition to the speech therapy training course TFA also provides interpreter training, ongoing professional development for graduates and have facilitated the development of a number of resources in Vietnamese including a glossary of speech therapy terms and information booklets about various communication difficulties.

The Trinh Foundation relies on the generosity of speech pathologists who donate their time to act as lecturers, workshop presenters and clinical educators in Vietnam. So far 78 Australian speech pathologists and academics have donated their time to the Trinh Foundation in Vietnam. If you would like to volunteer, information is available here.

If you are not able to volunteer but would like to support the work of the Trinh Foundation Australia, you can become a “Linchpin for Trinh” by organising an event to raise funds for this great cause. You can also become a regular personal donor. See our website for more information about donations and fundraising.


The following information about Speech-Language Pathology in Viet Nam was kindly provided by Dr Charlotte Ducote (CADucote [at] aol.com) in 2002, and while extremely comprehensive it does not cover all aspects speech therapy in Vietnam. Contributions from others are cordially invited.


In 2002 Dr Charlotte Ducote wrote ...


There has been great interest in speech therapy in many areas of Vietnam. It is, however, a nascent discipline in that southeast Asian country. Most of the interest seems to have been from rehabilitation specialists (physicians, physical therapists, and nurses in rehabilitation departments), dentists, and ear-nose-throat physicians.There has been attention from others as well, though.

Each year there seem to be more efforts made in Vietnam to increase special education in designated schools for children with disabilities and/or in schools or programs related to orphanages.There are also efforts through various governmental agencies and national organizations to address the cause of individuals, especially children, with special needs.Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individual clinicians from outside Vietnam also have been helping to sponsor activities designed to increase awareness of how to help people with speech, language, and related disorders.

As of early 2002, there were no college/university training programs in speech therapy or audiology in Vietnam.In addition, no one from Vietnam has left the country to enrol in a college/university training program in speech therapy.This is probably related to financial issues and/or availability of anyone who has sufficient fluency in English or other language to study outside of Vietnam.There are individuals who are very fluent in English and who are interested in speech therapy, but for various reasons (i.e., family commitments, financial issues, etc.) cannot leave the country for an extended period of time to complete a speech therapy training course.

There are some workshops being offered in speech therapy by Dr. Vu Thi Bich Hanh at Bach Mai Hospital and/or in hospitals or public health centers in Hanoi and regions nearby.

There is a small Speech Therapy Unit at Bach Mai Hospital.(See info re: Dr. Hanh below in the section for Hanoi.)Dr. Nguyen Xuan Nghien, director of Rehabilitation Medicine at Bach Mai Hospital and President of the Vietnam Rehabilitation Association, is also very supportive of speech therapy being further developed in Vietnam.

Drs.Tran Thi Thu Ha and Tran Trong Hai of the Rehabilitation Department of the National Institute of Pediatrics (Vien Nhi Quoc Gia)in Hanoi also promote speech therapy in Vietnam and there are several people at that hospital with the job title of speech therapist.They have sponsored speech therapy workshops at their hospital and have also gone to other provinces to help others learn more about speech therapy.

Other hospitals and universities in Vietnam have shown an interest in speech therapy as well (see below), but Hanoi seems to be the only place that has Vietnamese nationals holding job titles as speech therapists.


Important!


For the following Vietnam phone numbers, be sure to dial your country’s international access / country code.

Email to some Viet Nam addresses has a tendency to "bounce" - keep trying! The accuracy of the following addresses HAS been confirmed. A "bounce rate" of 50-60% is not considered unusual.


Contacts - Ho Chi Minh City


Ho Dinh Do, MD (Professor Do)

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Dean, Faculty of Nursing and Medical Technology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy in HCMC (Truong Dai Hoc Y Duoc TP Ho Chi Minh)
(NOTE: There are several campuses for this university in HCMC)

President, Vietnamese Association of Clinical Biochemists; Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry.

Professor Do is very interested in developing speech therapy. He arranged a week-long seminar at the University presented in 2001 by Charlotte Ducote PhD (see below)

Office Address:
Professor Ho Dinh Do
Dean, Faculty of Nursing and Medical Technology
201 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street*
District 5
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
*This office is near Cho Ray Hospital (Benh Vien Cho Ray) and Odonto-Stomatology Institute [Vien Rang Ham Mat]
Office Phone:+84-8-854-6878 Office Fax:+84-8-855-7399


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Nguyen Thi Cam Phuong

(Miss Phuong or Miss Cam Phuong)
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(SUBJECT: Message for Nguyen Thi Cam Phuong)

Office of International Relations, University of Medicine and Pharmacy in HCMC, Faculty of Nursing and Medical Technology (see address above for Professor Do.

Miss Phoung helps make arrangements for seminars, meeting with Professor Do, etc.
Office Address:Same as for Professor Do above .
Office Phone:+84-8-855-3224
Office Fax:+84-8-855-7399


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Hoang Luong, MD (Dr./Bac Si Luong)

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(SUBJECT: Message for Bac Si Hoang Luong, Tai-Mui Hong)

Vice Dean, Faculty of Nursing and Medical Technology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy in HCMC

Ear-Nose-Throat Physician (Bac si Tai (Ear)- Mui (Nose)- Hong (Throat)

Interested in speech therapy, particularly for voice disorders and alaryngeal speech.

Office AddressSame as for Professor Do above
Office Phone+84-8-857-0757
Office Fax:+84-8-855-7399
Mobile Phone:090 921-614


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Nguyen Thi Huong, BS, PT (Miss Huong)

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Head of the Physical Therapy Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy in HCMC, The Faculty of Nursing and Medical Technology

President, Physical Therapy Association in HCMC

Very interested in speech therapy; has coordinated a course on speech therapy presented in HCMC in 2001 by Charlotte Ducote (see below)

Office Address: (A different campus of the same university as Professor Do and others listed above)

70 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street
District 3
HCMC, Viet Nam
Office Phone:+84-8-932-5513
Office Fax:+84-8-855-7399
Mobile Phone: +09 0969867


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Le Khanh Dien (Mr. Dien)

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Physical Therapist, Benh Vien An Binh (An Binh Hospital)

Has been interested for several years in aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders. Has been involved in self-study re: aphasia. Was the translator for a course on aphasia and related disorders given in Ho Chi Minh City by Charlotte Ducote, PhD, CCC-SLP (see below).Wants to participate in more learning and research opportunities, particularly with respect to aphasia.

Address:
1/12 Nguyen Van Lac
P 21, Quan Binh Thanh
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam


Contacts - Hanoi (Ha Noi)


Vu Thi Bich Hanh, MD, PhD

(Tien Si or Bac Si/Dr. Hanh)

Lecturer,Hanoi Medical College (Giang Vien DHY Ha Noi)

Physician, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Phuc Hoi Chuc Nang [PHCN]) at Bach Mai University Hospital (Benh Vien Bach Mai)

Speech Therapy Coordinator,Speech Therapy Unit,Benh Vien Bach Mai, Khoa Phuc Hoi Chuc Nang (PHCN/Rehab. Dept.)

Dr. Hanh’s training in speech therapy is via independent study, working with speech therapists (speech-language pathologists) from other countries, and attendance at classes or seminars given in Vietnam by visiting speech therapists. She has also observed speech therapy in Salt Lake City, Utah, and New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She wrote her dissertation for her Doctor of Philosophy degree (Tien Si) on speech issues related to cleft palate.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please note that it can be difficult at times to reach Dr. Hanh by e-mail.

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Office Address:
Benh Vien Bach Mai
Khoa PHCN (Rehabilitation Center)
78 Duong Giai Phong
Hanoi, Viet Nam

Office Phone +84-4-869-3731, extension (“xin” in Vietnamese) 6562 (Ask to speak to Dr. Hanh or her associate/speech therapist, Miss Huong [Dung Thai Thu Huong])
Office Fax:+84-4-869-1607


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Tran Thi Thu Ha, MD (Bac Si/Dr. Ha)

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Dr. Ha is associate director of Rehabilitation Medicine at the National Institute of Pediatrics (Vien Nhi Quoc Gia) in Hanoi .

She is very interested in speech therapy and has organized short courses in speech therapy at her hospital (there are several individuals there who have “speech therapist” job titles); special areas of interest for her are speech disorders related to cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome and communication disorders related to autism. There is an early intervention program at her hospital (with various rehab disciplines participating) and a day care program for children with special needs.

Office Address:Vien Nhi Quoc Gia (Formerly Viet Nam-Sweden Children’sHospital/Vien Nhi Viet Nam-Thuy Dien)
Khoa PHCN (Rehabilitation Department)
Duong Giang Vo
Dong Da
Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Office Phone:+84-4-834-3603
Office Fax:+84-4-775-4448ORfax to V V A F at 84-4-934-1606 (REQUEST fax to be given to Dr. Tran Thi Thu Ha, Khoa PHCN, Vien Nhi,National Institute of Pediatrics)


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Tran Trong Hai, MD, PhD

(Tien Si or Bac Si Hai/Dr. Hai)

Director, Rehabilitation Department, National Institute of Pediatrics
(Vien Nhi Quoc Gia; see above)

Deputy Director, Department for International Cooperation,
Ministry of Health, Viet Nam

Secretary General of the Vietnam Rehabilitation Association (VINAREHA)

Member of New York Academy of Science

CONTACT INFORMATION:
E-Mail:Try to contact via Dr. Ha (see above)
Office Address:See above for Dr. Ha
Office Telephone:+84-4-846-0593
Office Fax:+84-4-8462195


Other contacts


Charlotte A. Ducote, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Chairperson, Speech Pathology Council, Operation Smile

Director, Division of Communicative Disorders,
Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana (LA)

Co-Founder, Speech Therapy-Vietnam Project (associated with Operation Smile); has worked in southern, central, and northern regions of Vietnam (i.e., HCMC, Can Tho, DaNang, Dong Hoi, HaNoi, Thai Nguyen/Bac Thai). See article, “A Speech-Language Pathologist in Vietnam” in the ASHA Leader, December 11, 2001.

Mailing Address:
1806 Audubon Trace
New Orleans, LA 70121 USA
Office Phone:504-842-4618 or 504-842-3900
Office Fax:504-842-3201
Home Phone:504-837-6421

Larry Hammer, MCD, CCC-SLP

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Founder and Director, Viet Nam Laryngectomee Humanitarian Project (donations of electrolarynx devices, tracheoesophageal prostheses, other equipment, and funds can be made to this project via Deseret International non-profit organization).

See the web site for more information.