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DEPA RTM ENT OF E X TE R N A L AFFAIRS,

CANBERRA.

F O R T H E P R E S S

(Released, only in Canberra) pR 84

27th August, 1565»

SCHOLARSHIP FOR VIETNAMESE HURSE

The Department of External Affairs announced, today'that a

Vietnamese nurse is due to arrive in Sydney on Saturday 28th August

to undertake training for six months at the Royal··Melbourne Hospital.

She is Miss Hguyen Thi Bef a nursing sister from the provincial . .

hospital at Long Xuyen in the Province of An Giang south-west of Saigon.

Miss Be is due to arrive in Sydney on BA718 of 28th August.

She will fly on to Melbourne the same day on T.H4II (ETA 11.30 a.m.) where she

will be met by staff of the Royal Melbourne Hospital who have served

in Viet Ham. with the Australian surgical team.

The scholarship, which is being awarded under the Special

Aid and S.E.A.T.O. Aid programmes for Viet Ham administered by the

Department of External Affairs, is a further example of the continued

interedt of the Australian Government in giving all possible and effective

assistance to Viet Ham and'its people. .

Miss Be is a nursing sister from the hospital where the·nine-

member Australian surgical team, sponsored by Royal Melbourne Hospital,

has been serving since October 19^4* The propose,! for a nursing '

scholarship in Australia for one of the Vietnamese nurses at the hospital

developed out of the interest of the Australian team members in

supplementing the training in nursing that they themselves were already

providing. In view of the strain on local nursing resources it has

been difficult for the Vietnamese to spare nurses to undertake the

training overseas, but the presence of two ward sisters, two theatre ·

sisters and a radiographer serving with the Australian team has helped .

make possible the arrangement to give Miss Be the opportunity of training

in Melbourne. . '

The authorities and staff of the Royal Melbourne Hospital and

the Victorian Hursing Council as well as Commonwealth authorities have

co-operated in this arrangement.

*- Photographs of Miss Be have been lodged at the Post Office.