Modern mental health care is an evolving discipline in Vietnam. Signifcant guidance from New Zealand professionals will be required to implement new programmes.
New Zealand Vietnam Health Trust volunteer, Dr Helen Hamer, is one of a group of professionals that travel to Binh Dinh annually to educate doctors & nurses in modern psychiatric care techniques. With greater resourcing, we can help improve the quality of life for Vietnamese individuals, families, and communities contending with mental health issues.
Helen Hamer training senior nurses at the Binh Dinh Psychiatric Hospital.
"This is an afternoon session using the format of clinical case supervision. We discuss patients that we have assessed that morning session on the wards. I use a 'train the trainer' approach, working with senior leaders to change practice, and model new techniques to the other nurses. There is minimal turnover ofstaff at this hospital so I get to work with the same nurses each year that I return."