Dr. Lam Minh Yen: Flinders taught me to do it myself

Dr. Lam Minh Yen received her Masters of Science (Infectious Diseases) at Flinders University in 2001. She was head of intensive care in the Hospital for Tropical Diseases (HCM City) before her Australia Awards scholarship. In October 2006, she was promoted to Vice Director, a position she still holds.

Returning to Vietnam upon graduation, Dr Yen pioneered aggressive changes that helped to dramatically improve treatment quality for the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. The mortality rate at the hospital for tetanus dropped from 20-30 per cent in 1998 to two per cent in 2012. Her hospital is one of the first in HCM City to apply international technical skills and Dr. Yen is considered one of the top tropical disease specialists in the world. In February, 2012, she was awarded with the title “Eminent Doctor” by Vietnam’s President Truong Tuan Sang.

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Dr. Yen trains and mentors hundreds of Vietnamese and overseas medical students each year. She also co-wrote the “Tetanus” chapter in classical medical textbooks such as Manson’s Tropical Diseases: Textbook for Critical Care and Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine.

At her hospital, she trains Intensive Care doctors in treating serious cases of tetanus, dengue shock syndrome, severe sepsis, hand-foot and mouth disease, infection of central nervous systems and HIV AIDS. The mortality rate for these diseases at her hospital is considered the lowest in Vietnam.

Without the Australia Awards scholarship, she would have had no skills or experience in Intensive Care or Intensive Care Unit management, she said. Nor would she have been able to ‘do it alone’. “I would have had no confidence. I was always a ‘group’ person, did everything with others. Flinders (university) taught me to do it myself and now I want to give my colleagues the confidence to do it alone. That is, to take responsibility.”

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