Minh has just returned from three and a half months in her hometown – Hanoi, Vietnam – collecting data for her PhD research project, which examines poly-victimisation and the health and quality of life of high school students in Vietnam. She conducted surveys among 1,700 high school students at 10 schools in urban and rural districts of Hanoi. Minh is grateful for all the support she has received, including Monash University for providing two scholarships (MIPRS & MGS) and a travel grant, Graduate Women Victoria for another scholarship for international students, Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH) for hosting her during the fieldwork, her field supervisor Asso. Prof. Nguyen Thanh Huong, her Australian supervisors Prof. Jane Fisher, Dr. Sara Holton for their guidance, data collection assistants for their help and all participating schools and students for their enthusiastic participation.
During this time, Minh also attended the Vietnam National Alumni Conference 2013. This was the first national conference for Vietnamese alumni across all Australian universities and vocational institutions. It celebrated 40 years of Australia-Vietnam diplomatic relations, and was hosted by the Australian Embassy in Vietnam. She had the opportunity to meet Australian academics as well as other Vietnamese Australian alumni and was inspired by their great ideas, achievements and contribution to the development of Vietnam and the collaboration of the two countries.