Health Sciences

ACU Physiotherapy students undertake clinical placement in Vietnam

Photography by Phan Than Xuan

Photography by Phan Than Xuan

Photography by Phan Than Xuan

Six ACU fourth year Bachelor of Physiotherapy students have returned from a five week Paediatric Clinical Placement in Vietnam.

The students undertook practical work as a physiotherapist under the direct supervision of a qualified physiotherapist in the orphanages, schools, clinics and facilities serviced by GGC Volunteers Ltd and their Vietnamese partner organization in Da Nang. This is the second year that ACU students have attended a placement in Vietnam.

In Da Nang, Vietnam, there are very few trained people to attend to all of the children with disabilities. The presence of Student Clinical Placements brings best practice knowledge and skills to needy facilities with very different cultural and health practices.

Director of GGC Volunteers Ltd and Clinical Educator, Sandie Downes, attended the placement with the students.

“It is astonishing to watch the transformation in the students from week one to week five in the Vietnam Student Clinical Placement,” she said.

“Working in the orphanages, centres and schools using their newly learnt knowledge and skills allows students to become resourceful, resilient and confident therapists - all while developing their abilities to use their profession for humanitarian purposes.”

Visit the GGC Volunteers website to find out more - and to see what it's like to participate in a Student Clinical Placement in Vietnam logon to the GGC Volunteers Facebook page.