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Nursing conference opens in HCM City

Update: February, 11/2012 - 11:50

HCM CITY — The Australia-Viet Nam Volunteers Resource Group Victorian Education Team in collaboration with the HCM City Nurses Association yesterday opened an annual nursing conference.

Discussion topic included nursing protocols for hand-foot-mouth disease and a high-risk pregnancy care plan.

This year's conference also marked the 10th year anniversary of the team's work in Viet Nam.

Over the last 10 years, the team has grown to include more than 40 health care professionals for each visit, including nurses, midwives, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and speech pathologists, said Jackie Wright, president of AVVRG Victorian Health Education Team.

During the annual team visits, education and sharing of knowledge is done in many ways at various hospitals in the city, including Children's Hospital 1 and 2, Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics, as well as Tu Du, Hung Vuong, Cho Ray and Binh Dan hospitals.

Education sessions have also progressed from the AVVRG team providing information to the sharing of information between both AVVRG and Vietnamese nurses.

Updated and evidence-based practices as well as equipment have been brought to colleges in HCM City.

"The annual conference helps Vietnamese nurses have more access to the world's advanced medical knowledge and practices," said Dr. Pham Viet Thanh, director of the city's Department of Health.

HCM City has 10,000 doctors and 18,580 nurses, Thanh said.

There are 12 doctors per 10,000 people, and the nurse-to-doctor ratio at around two to one. — VNS

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