School to develop OT curriculum in Vietnam
The School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work has been invited to help develop an occupational therapy curriculum in Vietnam. Working with Viet-Nam Assistance to the Handicapped, a non-government agency, Curtin will deliver teaching in the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Min City, during September and November 2016.
Curtin is also working in partnership with Scope Global, which will locate a volunteer occupational therapist from Australia, and place them in Ho Chi Mon city for a year to support the ongoing outcomes from the program.
Head of School, Angus Buchanan, spent a week in Ho Chi Min City and Tia Ninh Province, scoping the work and liaising closely with local health services and agencies regarding the type of training that will be required. The week culminated in a consultative workshop, which included representatives from universities and non-government agencies and officials from the health department.
It is expected that the program will be rolled out to other sites in Vietnam. Ideally it will result in the development of a tertiary occupational therapy degree in Vietnam.