Australian Embassy
Vietnam

Media Release - 15 July 2016

Australia Showcases Health and Medical Science Expertise

Australia’s cutting edge expertise in health and medical science will be showcased in Vietnam between 18 and 22 July.

Professor Ian Frazer, a world-renowned immunologist, will head an Australian health and medical delegation of leading scientists, academics and health technology companies to participate in the first ever Vietnam - Australia Medical Science and Health Services Conference 2016 in partnership with the Ministry of Health.

Professor Frazer has received a number of international awards for his ground breaking research, including development of a vaccine against cervical cancer.

The delegation will showcase Australia’s excellence in medical research and health technologies services and the fast growing innovation relationship with Vietnam.

Australia is home to 43 universities and over 50 world-class medical research organizations. Each year Australia spends around $6 billion on health and medical research.

Over two days in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, Australian and Vietnamese scientists, research and education leaders and health professionals will share their expertise on a range of topics including non-communicable diseases and stem cell research; innovative technology to improve medical and healthcare services; healthcare education and service delivery.

Vietnam and Australia have a long standing education relationship.  An agreement on science and technology cooperation was ratified in 2014.  Vietnam is seeking to build its research capacity and to internationalise its university sector.  Health is one of the priority areas identified under the agreement.

This mission creates an opportunity for Australian research institutions, health technology and services companies and the Vietnamese health sector to discuss future cooperation on technology transfer, research collaboration, institutional partnerships for education and training and technical assistance in healthcare system management. 

In addition to the conference program jointly delivered by Ministry of Health of Vietnam, Prof Ian Frazer will present a series of seminars on “Translating research into practice” in the Hanoi Medical University and Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy on 20 July and 22 July respectively.

Hanoi events

Date: 19 & 20/7/2016

Venue: Melia Hotel, 44B Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi

Contact:  Mr Cao Chinh Thanh; Tel (04) 3774 0311; Email thanh.caochinh@austrade.gov.au 

Ho Chi Minh City events

Date: 21/7/2016

Venue: Sofitel Saigon Hotel, 17 Le Duan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Contact:  Ms Tran Le Kim; Tel (08) 3827 0620; Email kim.tran@austrade.gov.au

For media enquiries, please contact:          

Hanoi: Mr Tran Nam Anh; Tel: +84 4 3774 0211; E-mail: namanh.tran@dfat.gov.au 

Ho Chi Minh City: Ms Nguyen Thi Xuan Trang; Tel: + 84 8 3521 8134; E-mail: trang.nguyen@dfat.gov.au

For more information please visit: http://www.austrade.gov.au/local-sites/vietnam/events/medical-science-and-health-service-mission-to-vietnam