Australian Consulate-General
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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12/01/2017

Australia Day 2017- Family Event in Ho Chi Minh City

The Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City will be holding its first Australia Day community event on Sunday 22 January 2017 at RMIT Saigon South Campus in District 7 from 12.00- 5.00pm.

“It is a special event to celebrate the long-standing friendship between Australia and Vietnam, and our vibrant Australian and Australian alumni communities in HCMC. There will be plenty of fun interactive sports activities and games, live entertainment and Australian food and beverages for the whole family. I encourage everyone to join us!” said the Australian Consul-General Ms. Karen Lanyon.

Entertainment, provided by our generous sponsors, will include all your favourite Australian sports and games, like Zorb Balls, tug of war and sack races, as well as Auskick, cricket, golf and rugby for kids and adults alike. Musical performances by AIS and ISHCMC schoolchildren and local bands will entertain guests, as they dine on delicious Australian food prepared by some of Ho Chi Minh City’s leading hotels and restaurants.

This event is not possible without the generous support from all sponsors, including AI-JN (Alumni Jobs Network), AIS, Al Fresco’s Group, ANZ Bank, Saigon Colts Auskick, Austfeed, Brogolfer, Caravelle Saigon, Commonwealth Bank, CPA, Crown, ISHCMC, Jacob’s Creek, KOTO, Le Meridian Saigon, Long Hai Security Services, L’Oreal, Meatworks, Mekong Merchant/The Deck, Norfolk Group, Oi Vietnam, Park Hyatt Saigon, Perfetto, Platinum, QBE, RMIT University Vietnam, Rusty Compass, Saigon BBQs, Saigon Geckos (Rugby), Santa Fe, SOS International, The Caterers, TMA, Viet-Uc, and Vita Living Australia.

Further information may be obtained from the Australian Consulate-General’s website at http://vietnam.embassy.gov.au/hchi/, the event’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1153627194727354/ ,  or by contacting Ms Thuy Hang, Public Diplomacy Officer, Australian Consulate-General at 3521 8100 or Chau-Thuy.Hang@dfat.gov.au.

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Further information:

*Australia Day Family Event is open to everyone.

Ticket price:
Adult: 250,000 vnd (includes 5 food & beverage vouchers)
Child (under 12): 150,000 vnd (includes 3 food & beverage vouchers)
Family package (2 adults + 2 children under 12): 750,000 vnd. 
Free entry for children under age 2.

Tickets are available at the following vendors:

  • Caravelle Saigon, Business Centre (2nd Floor)
    19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1
  • Mekong Merchant
    23 Thao Dien, District 2
  • Meatworks Butchery
    401 Pham Thai Buong H11-2, My Khanh 3, Tan Phong Ward, District 7

Tickets are also available at the gate but tickets are limited so we encourage pre-purchase to avoid disappointment.

Event Poster

 

Media release from the Australian Embassy in Hanoi can be found here

5 Sep 2016

Australian Government's Direct Aid Program 2016-17 Applications Now Open

Today the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City opens applications for the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) grant round 2016-17, for projects in central and southern Vietnam. Small grants of up to AU$20,000 (US$15,000) are available to NGOs, community groups and other not-for-profit entities to undertake small-scale development projects focussing on the economic empowerment of disadvantaged communities and groups. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 5 October 2016.

In the 2016-17 grant round, total DAP grants awarded by the Australian Consulate-General is expected to be approximately AU$250,000. DAP funding is competitive, in 2015-16 the Australian Consulate-General funded 18 projects of the nearly160 applications received.

Australian Consul-General Ms. Karen Lanyon shared that “the Australian Government is very pleased to assist disadvantaged groups and communities through the DAP grants. This year we will focus on the areas of women’s economic empowerment and gender equality, environmental protection and healthcare. The objective of DAP is to make small grants available to those organisations that may not have access to larger-scale funding”.  

Guidelines and application forms for the 2016-17 DAP grants are available at: http://hcmc.vietnam.embassy.gov.au

For queries about DAP or the application process, please contact DAP.hcmc@dfat.gov.au or 08 35218100.

The Australian Embassy in Hanoi administers DAP in the northern provinces, please visit http://www.vietnam.embassy.gov.au/hnoi/cooperation.html  for further details.

For further information about Australia’s development assistance to Vietnam, please visit http://dfat.gov.au/geo/vietnam/development-assistance/Pages/development-assistance-in-vietnam.aspx

For further information about this media release, please contact:                                       

Ms Nguyen Thi Xuan Trang, Public Diplomacy Officer, Australian Consulate-General

Tel: + 84 8 3521 8134/ +84 903 995 561                   Email: trang.nguyen@dfat.gov.au

 

31 Aug 2016

Australia in the Mekong Delta

Last week the Australian Consul-General Ms. Karen Lanyon visited the Mekong Delta for the first time. She visited Đồng Tháp, An Giang, Kiên Giang, Bạc Liêu and Cần Thơ provinces, met with local authorities, Australian companies and Australian alumni in the region, and inspected Australian development assistance projects in the Delta.

Since 1991 Australia has committed approximately AUD670 million in ODA to the economic and social development of the Mekong Delta. Ms Lanyon visited the My Thuan Bridge (constructed 1997-2003, AUD64 million) and Australia’s largest aid project in mainland Southeast Asia, the Cao Lanh Bridge (construction 2011-2018, AUD160 million). These projects have helped Vietnam remove bottlenecks in its transportation network, improve road access and safety, and bring new economic opportunities to the people of the Mekong Delta by connecting the region to the major economic hubs of Vietnam. 

Australia also provides valuable assistance to Vietnam through water, sanitation and hygiene improvement projects worth AUD141 million, which benefit hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese including ethnic minorities and women and children in the Mekong Delta. On this trip, Ms Lanyon visited a Direct Aid Program (DAP)-funded project in An Giang province where Australian Government funds were used to build toilets and sanitary systems for 100 households in a remote area. Ms Lanyon expressed that ‘I am very proud to travel across the Mekong Delta and to see how Australian development assistance has changed and improved local communities’ quality of life, even in the most remote areas of the region’. Ms Lanyon also witnessed how the Australian Government is helping to strengthen coastal communities’ capacity in climate change adaptation mitigation through a joint project with German development agency GIZ in Sóc Trăng and Bạc Liêu provinces.

Australia is building strong business and investment linkages in the Mekong Delta. During this provincial trip, Ms Lanyon met with Austfeed, a Vietnam-Australia agribusiness integration corporation. Last year the company invested VND675 billion in a livestock feed factory in Đồng Tháp, expected to open in June 2017.

The Viet-Uc Company is another leading example of Australia and Vietnam’s cooperation in both business and technology in the Mekong Delta. This joint-venture is utilising new technologies developed in collaboration with Australia’s leading scientific research organisation, CSIRO, MDB Australia and Australian universities, to raise high-quality shrimp from nursery to grow-out stages for export. Viet-Uc has become one of the best known growth stories in Vietnamese aquaculture, but is even more celebrated for their transfer of Australian high technology to local producers and partners, improving the efficiency and capacity of the Vietnamese aquaculture industry.

To enhance the economic development of the Delta, Australia and Vietnam collaborate on agricultural research. The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has focused on the development of the mango and longan industries in southern Vietnam, and in Dong Thap province in particular, since 2014. Australia’s agricultural scientists share their expertise and experience to assist local farmers to increase agricultural production, enhance adoption of new agribusiness technology, and promote market and value chain development for fresh and processed tropical fruits.

The Australian Government’s human resource development initiatives have benefitted the Mekong Delta through 282 Government scholarships to the region. In Can Tho the Australian Consul-General hosted a function for Australian alumni to celebrate this extensive education relationship between Australia and Vietnam. More than 40,000 Vietnamese are alumni of Australian universities, and many of them utilize their high-quality education and life skills gained in Australia to play important roles in society as government ministers, leading businesspeople, researchers, scientists and medical practitioners all over Vietnam.

For further information about Australia’s development assistance to Vietnam, please visit http://dfat.gov.au/geo/vietnam/development-assistance/Pages/development-assistance-in-vietnam.aspx

For further information about this media release, please contact:                                                

Ms Nguyen Thi Xuan Trang, Public Diplomacy Officer, Australian Consulate-General

Tel: + 84 8 3521 8134/ +84 903 995 561             Email: trang.nguyen@dfat.gov.au

 

18 Jul 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 Fraser, 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 Fraser 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

 

12 October2015

Australian Government Launches My Thuan Bridge Photo Competition

2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the opening of the My Thuan Bridge, the architectural symbol of friendship and cooperation between the peoples and governments of Australia and Vietnam. Today the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City officially launched a photo competition that will celebrate the benefits that the My Thuan Bridge has brought to Mekong communities over the past 15 years.

In March 2000 the My Thuan Bridge, the first cable-stayed bridge ever to be built in Vietnam, was completed within budget and under time, achieving international standards of quality. Together with a safety record that surpassed that achieved in developed countries, the project set a benchmark for infrastructure construction in Vietnam and proved a fitting symbol for Vietnam’s progress into the new millennium, and the strength and longevity of Australia-Vietnam relations.

The photo competition encourages people living in southern Vietnam, particularly those living in the Mekong Delta provinces around the My Thuan Bridge, to submit photos and relevant captions explaining what the My Thuan Bridge means to them, their family or friends, or the wider community. The best photos will win great prizes including a digital SLR camera and an Ipad mini! The competition will run on the Australia on Vietnam Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AustralianEmbassyVietnam until the 1st of November 2015.

Through the My Thuan Bridge, Australia has helped increase Mekong Delta communities’ engagement and participation in Vietnam’s economic development. The bridge connects rural communities to commercial centres, allowing for faster access and more effective transportation of goods, services and people. Just a year after the bridge was put into use, the income of the people on both sides of the river increased by 30 percent, and, to date, every year the bridge serves more than 5 million vehicles. The construction of the My Thuan Bridge also facilitated the transfer of Australian skills and knowledge in modern bridge design and construction technology to the Vietnamese people.


For further information about this media release, please contact:
Ms Nguyen Thi Xuan Trang, Public Diplomacy Officer, Australian Consulate-General
Tel: + 84 8 3521 8134/ +84 903 995 561 Email: trang.nguyen@dfat.gov.au

 

7 September 2015

Australian Government's Direct Aid Program 2015-16 Applications now open

Today the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City will open applications for the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) funding round 2015-16, for projects in central and southern Vietnam. DAP provides grants to NGOs, community groups and other not-for-profit entities to undertake small-scale development projects aimed at addressing humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental outcomes in disadvantaged communities. The deadline for applications is Friday 9 October 2015.

In 2014-15 the Australian Consulate-General funded 22 projects in a variety of sectors, including rural development, sanitation, and community health, in a wide range of urban and provincial locations throughout central and southern Vietnam. The objective of DAP is to make small grants available to those organisations that may not have access to larger-scale aid or grants programs.

In the 2015-16 grant round, total DAP grants awarded by the Australian Consulate-General is expected to total approximately AU$355,000. Australia will provide an estimated AU$89.9 million in Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Vietnam in 2015-16.

Guidelines and application forms for the 2015-16 DAP grants are available at: www.hcmc.vietnam.embassy.gov.au.

For queries about DAP or the application process, please contact Ms. Le Thi Khoi Cat, DAP Co-ordinator at dap.hcmc@dfat.gov.au or 08 35218126.

The Australian Embassy in Hanoi administers DAP in the northern provinces, please visit http://www.vietnam.embassy.gov.au/hnoi/cooperation.html for further details.

For further information about Australia’s development assistance to Vietnam, please visit http://aid.dfat.gov.au/countries/eastasia/vietnam

 

17 July 2015

Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan launches in Ho Chi Minh City

The Australian Consulate-General hosted a reception to launch the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan in South Vietnam on the evening of 17 July. The New Colombo Plan supports Australian university students to undertake studies or internships in Asia-Pacific countries, forging greater links between Australian and Asia-Pacific people, universities and businesses, and supporting even closer engagement between Australia and the region into the future.


Addressing the reception Australian Consul General John McAnulty said “Under the New Colombo Plan, we want to see study in the region become a rite of passage for Australian undergraduate students. We want to foster an Australian community that understands and engages with our region better - what better way to achieve this than by investing in our young people?”


In 2015 Australia is supporting around 160 students from 12 Australian universities to study and gain work experience in Vietnam, in fields as diverse as teaching, business, forest management, design, agriculture, urban planning and social sciences. This will create a stronger people-to-people links between Australian and Vietnamese youth, and create opportunities for further cooperation, economic development and partnerships into the future.


Present at the reception were two groups of New Colombo Plan Mobility Scheme students, one from the University of Adelaide, learning about environmental issues facing this region with the Mekong River Commission, and one from James Cook University, learning about sustainable, eco- and agri-tourism in the Mekong Delta, in partnership with Can Tho University. The event created a valuable opportunity for the representatives and Australian students from these universities to meet and collaborate with representatives from universities in Ho Chi Minh City.


The Australian Government has committed $100 million to the New Colombo Plan over 5 years. The program will support Australian students to generate long-term professional and personal relationships with people of the Indo-Pacific region through study and work placements as part of their undergraduate degree. It involves two main streams of grants - a prestigious scholarship program and a mobility grants scheme. For further information, please see:www.dfat.gov.au/new-colombo-plan/


For further information about this media release, please contact:
Ms Nguyen Thi Xuan Trang, Public Diplomacy Officer, Australian Consulate-General
Tel: + 84 8 3521 8134/ +84 903 995 561 Email: trang.nguyen@dfat.gov.au
 

10 July 2015

Australia shares documentary making expertise with Vietnam

Today Associate-Professor Dr Trish Fitzsimons, a prize-winning Australian documentary film-maker, will deliver a workshop on ‘Documentary making – Australian experiences’ to Vietnam Television (VTV) and Ho Chi Minh Television (HTV) directors, film makers and reporters in Ho Chi Minh City.


Australian Consul General John McAnulty said “we are proud to have Associate-Professor Dr Trish Fitzsimons, a respected and award-winning Australian documentary film-maker, here to share with Vietnamese reporters the breadth of the Australian documentary industry and her experience of new developments, techniques and styles in documentary production in Australia”.


Associate Professor Fitzsimons, who presented a similar workshop in Hanoi in June, will utilise segments from a range of contemporary Australian documentaries, including constructed formats, investigative and observational, and general character-based styles, to illustrate to Vietnamese reporters the diversity of the Australian documentary film industry, and inspire the further development of Vietnamese documentary films.


For further information about this media release, please contact:
Ms Nguyen Thi Xuan Trang, Public Diplomacy Officer, Australian Consulate-General
Tel: + 84 8 3521 8134/ +84 903 995 561
Email: trang.nguyen@dfat.gov.au


 

02 April 2015

The Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City and the VinaCapital Foundation Provide Life-saving Equipment to Central Vietnam

The Australian Consulate-General and VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) attended a ceremony today with the leadership of Khanh Hoa General Hospital in Nha Trang to hand over critically needed medical equipment to the hospital. The gifts of one pediatric ventilator and 17 injection pumps are vital equipment additions to the hospital’s new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This equipment will allow Khanh Hoa General Hospital to provide critical care to infants and children in need of hospital-based life support systems as the regional referral center for 7 provinces. The pumps and ventilator will save 1 to 3 children’s lives every week. The increase in capacity will play a significant role in the continuing efforts to reduce mortality for children in Khanh Hoa and adjacent provinces.

This gift to Khanh Hoa General Hospital is part of VCF’s nationwide Survive to Thrive medical equipment provision program and this gift is funded by the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP). In 2014-15 DAP awarded grants to 22 projects in Vietnam in a wide range of sectors from community healthcare to small-scale infrastructure projects. Australian Consul General, Mr John McAnulty, says of DAP and the gift to Khanh Hoa General Hospital, ‘The Australian Consulate-General is very pleased to continue our cooperation with VCF to improve the quality of life for low-income and disadvantaged communities in Vietnam. We are proud to support this vital project, the largest we have ever funded at VND988 million (AUD$58,427), to ensure that local children have access to the medical facilities and care required to lead strong, healthy, happy lives’.

VCF has a longstanding commitment to improving capacity at Khanh Hoa General Hospital and has worked with the Australian Consulate-General in previous years to improve the quality of health care for children in the south central region. “It is an honor for VCF to be working with the people and Government of Australia once again saving the lives of impoverished Vietnamese children. The DAP assistance is greatly needed and appreciated,” states VCF CEO, Robin King Austin. “We are also very pleased to be assisting our good friends at Khanh Hoa General Hospital again also. They are dedicated to improving health care in the region and reducing child and infant mortality and morbidity and are our primary partner in regional capacity building.”


About the Australian Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program (DAP), funded by the Australian Government, provides grants for small-scale development projects aimed at addressing humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental outcomes in disadvantaged communities.

Through DAP, the Australian Consulate-General funds projects in a variety of sectors including healthcare, education and small-scale infrastructure development. DAP aims to make small grants available to community groups, NGOs, and other organisations that may not have access to large-scale aid or grants programs. DAP funding forms a small part of Australia’s non-refundable aid to Vietnam, which is expected to total $141.3 million AUD in the 2014-15 financial year.

Guidelines and application forms for DAP are available on the Consulate’s website:www.hcmc.vietnam.embassy.gov.au

About the VinaCapital Foundation
The VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) was founded in 2006 to empower the children of Vietnam by providing opportunities for growth through health and education programs. Its vision is a Vietnam where all children, regardless of health complications or a lack of access to education, can take advantage of the opportunities available so that they can contribute to society and achieve their dreams.

As a USA registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and a licensed International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) in Vietnam, VCF addresses nationally recognized health and education challenges. It effectively runs programs in 63 provinces and cities of Vietnam, thanks to the numerous in-country partnerships VCF has formed, including that with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. VCF’s administrative and fundraising costs are covered by one generous donor, thus 100 percent of all donations go directly to support its programs.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Australian Consulate-General and the DAP Program
Ms. Le Thi Khoi Cat
DAP Co-ordinator
20th Floor, Vincom Center
47 Ly Tu Trong Street, Distict 1, HCMC
E: Le.Cat@dfat.gov.au T: 08 3521 8126

VinaCapital Foundation
Mr. Rad Kivette
Director of Development and Government Relations
24 Nguyen Thai Binh Street, District 1, HCMC, Vietnam
Phone, 090 440 2731, Rad.Kivette@VinaCapitalFoundation.org
www.vinacapitalfoundation.org
 

7 Jan 2015

Australian Consulate-General Celebrates Awarding of Aid Grants


The Australian Consulate-General celebrated the awarding of funds through its Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2014-15 with an official signing ceremony in HCMC on 7 January 2015. DAP recipients, local authorities and media from 11 southern cities and provinces attended the event. The Australian Consulate-General awarded grants to 14 projects in 2014-15 in a wide range of sectors from community healthcare to small-scale infrastructure projects. Further DAP funds have also been awarded to projects in northern provinces through the Australian Embassy in Hanoi.

DAP is a unique small-scale community based grants program which aims to assist individuals, community groups, NGOs, and other organisations that do not have access to large-scale aid programs. Every year the Australian Consulate-General receives a number of applications, making the selection process for these grants very competitive.

Consul General Mr John McAnulty said ‘Over the past three years I have visited a number of DAP projects throughout central and southern Vietnam. I am always touched to see the huge difference our small amount of funding can make to people’s lives, like the excitement of rural kids who can wash their hands using clean water directly from a water system funded by DAP’.

Australia’s total non-refundable aid to Vietnam in 2014-15 is expected to be approximately AUD141.3 million which includes funding for Australia’s biggest aid project yet in Vietnam, the Cao Lanh bridge project with construction currently underway. DAP funding for 2014-15 in southern and central provinces is a part of this aid program worth approximately AUD260,000.

Australia and Vietnam have a partnership of over 40 years, marked by friendship and cooperation in many areas. The relationship continues to grow and has a bright future.

For further information about Australia’s development assistance to Vietnam, please visit http://aid.dfat.gov.au/countries/eastasia/vietnam

For further information relating to this media release, please contact Ms Trang Nguyen, Public Diplomacy Officer, Australian Consulate-General at 3521 8134 or email: HCHIAustralianConsulateGeneral@dfat.gov.au

 

 

13 Aug 2014

Applications now open for the Australian Government's Direct Aid Program 2014-15

Today the Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City formally launches the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) for projects in central and southern Vietnam. DAP provides grants for small-scale development projects aimed at addressing humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental outcomes for disadvantaged communities. The deadline for applications is Friday 10 October 2014.

Last year the Australian Consulate General funded 11 projects in a variety of sectors from healthcare to education and small-scale infrastructure projects. DAP aims to make small grants available to community groups, NGOs, and other organisations who may not have access to large-scale aid or grants programs.

DAP funding is a small part of Australia’s non-refundable aid to Vietnam, which is expected to total $141.3 million AUD in the 2014-15 financial year.

Guidelines and application forms for the Consulate General’s 2014-15 DAP grants are available on the Consulate’s website: www.hcmc.vietnam.embassy.gov.au

For queries about DAP or the application process, please contact Ms. Le Thi Khoi Cat, DAP Co-ordinator at Le.Cat@dfat.gov.au or 08 35218126.

The Australian Embassy in Hanoi administers DAP in northern provinces, please visit http://www.vietnam.embassy.gov.au/hnoi/cooperation.html for further details.

For further information about Australia’s development assistance to Vietnam, please visit http://aid.dfat.gov.au/countries/eastasia/vietnam

 

 

 

 

4 Aug 2014

Australin Consul General Visits Grant Recipients in Quang Nam & Da Nang 
 

This week the Australian Consul General John McAnulty will visit three projects in Quang Nam Province and Da Nang City which recently received development grants through the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP). In 2013-14 the Australian Consulate General awarded grants to 11 projects in a variety of sectors from healthcare to education and small-scale infrastructure projects in central and southern Vietnam.

During his visit Mr John McAnulty will also meet with the Danang People’s Committee and with Australian volunteers working at local organisations such as Children’s Hope in Action (CHIA) and Lifestart Foundation in Quang Nam, Danang General Hospital and Danang Vocational Tourism College. The Consul General will also meet with alumni who studied at Australian universities.

In Quang Nam Province, DAP funded the purchase of a braille embosser which will benefit hundreds of local sightless pupils in Huong Duong Shelter and surrounding areas. Through the upgrading of the electrical system, DAP funding has provided safer living conditions for disadvantaged teenagers at CHIA in Hoi An. And at Da Nang Cancer Hospital, DAP funds have enabled the purchase of medical equipment which will benefit thousands of cancer patients. They can be treated in Da Nang instead of needing to travel to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi for treatment.

Australia’s non-refundable aid to Vietnam in the 2013-14 financial year was expected to total approximately AUD138.9 million. DAP is a unique small-scale grants program which aims to assist community groups, NGOs, and other organisations who do not have access to large-scale aid or grants programs.

Guidelines and application forms for the Consulate General’s 2014-15 DAP grants will be available shortly on the Consulate’s website: www.hcmc.vietnam.embassy.gov.au

For further information about Australia’s development assistance to Vietnam, please visit http://aid.dfat.gov.au/countries/eastasia/vietnam


For further information relating to this media release, please contact Ms Trang Nguyen, Public Diplomacy Officer, Australian Consulate General at 08 3521 8134 or email: trang.nguyen@dfat.gov.au

 

 

7 April 2014

Australian expert delivers ‘Future of Health’ and
‘Nutrition and Preventative Health’ events for World Health Day
 

To celebrate World Health Day today, Professor Lynne Cobiac, the Director of the Preventative Health Flagship at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, delivered a seminar ‘Future of Health’ for over 100 eager students at Ho Chi Minh City’s Medicine and Pharmacy University to be followed by “Nutrition and Preventative Health” dialogue with local experts tomorrow.


Opening today’s ‘Future of Health’ seminar, Australian Consul General John McAnulty said ‘There is a strong history of collaboration between Australian and Vietnamese individuals, organisations, and academic institutions in the health field. Professor Cobiac’s visit to Ho Chi Minh City will provide further opportunities to enhance ties between Australia and Vietnam, particularly through research opportunities on health issues of relevance for both countries’.


Professor Cobiac discussed how to reduce demand for health services through preventative health, as well as increasing efficiency of health systems through use of ICT platforms and use of data to create learning health systems.


As Director, Professor Cobiac is responsible for leading multidisciplinary teams from CSIRO and other leading research institutions, working across science boundaries to address the challenge of chronic disease.


Tomorrow’s ‘Nutrition and Preventative Health’ dialogue will address both under-nutrition and lifestyle approaches to diabetes and obesity prevention and treatment.


For further information including to arrange interviews with Professor Cobiac or the Consul General, please contact:
Ms Nguyen Thi Xuan Trang, Public Diplomacy Officer, Australian Consulate-General
Tel: + 84 8 3521 8134/ +84 903 995 561
Email: trang.nguyen@dfat.gov.au