Connect : Connect March 2012
The Australian RTTs were spending two weeks in Vietnam, running training workshops and visiting hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Hanoi and Hue. I was invited to join them in HCMC, which was very benefcial as I gained perspective on my assignment. After the Hoc Mai seminar, my colleagues in Hue showed more enthusiasm and were eager to continue to improve their skills. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is the unique relationships that RTTs often form with patients. A patient will come to the department for daily therapy for a period of two to seven weeks. The highlight of my day in Australia was interacting with those with whom I had developed a close friendship. I wasn’t sure if this would be possible during my assignment in Hue, as I just didn’t have the language capacity to engage in conversation beyond initial greetings. One lady in particular surprised me though, proving that words are not always necessary. She was quite elderly, and always came into the department unaccompanied. My house was close to the hospital, and I would sometimes pass her returning from the local market as I was leaving for work. One night I answered a knock at the door and there she stood, wanting to say hello and exchange a few hugs! I am confdent that my volunteer assignment resulted in some lasting improvements in the technical procedures at Hue Central Hospital as well as building staff capacity. The RTTs now have a greater understanding of the importance of their role in patient care, which I hope will continue to improve the standard of treatment. This was a truly invaluable experience for me, both professionally and personally. I have developed my leadership and mentoring skills, improved my patience and problem solving capabilities, as well as my ability to adapt to challenging situations in the workplace and in daily life. More importantly, I made some wonderful friends whom I hope to see again in the future. One night I answered a knock at the door and there she stood, wanting to say hello and exchange a few hugs!
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