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    AN AUSTRALIAN, MR. BARRY ROBINSON, HAS STARTED THE FIRST TRAINING SCHOOL FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS IN SOUTH?

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    AN AUSTRALIAN, MR. BARRY ROBINSON, HAS STARTED THE FIRST TRAINING SCHOOL FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS IN SOUTH VIETNAM. THE TRAINEES ARE LEARNING TO HELP TO REHABILITATE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIMBS, OR BEEN OTHERWISE CRIPPLED BY DISEASE OR VIOLENCE.

    FOR THREE YEARS, MR. ROBINSON HAS BEEN WORKING IN SAIGON FOR THE UNITED NATIONS TRYING TO GIVE AMPUTEES AND CRIPPLES A CHANCE TO LEAD A NORMAL LIFE.

    SOME 14,000 SERVICEMEN HAVE LOST THEIR ARMS OR LEGS AND IT'S CALCULATED THAT THERE ARE PERHAPS 30,000 AMPUTEES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. YET IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ONLY 6,000 PEOPLE CAN BE FITTED WITH THE NEW LIMBS EACH MONTH. MR. ROBINSON SAYS SOME AMPUTEES WILL BE SITTING IN WHEEL-CHAIRS OR USING CRUTCHES FOR FOUR YEARS BEFORE RECEIVING ATTENTION.

    THERE'S A CONTINUALLY GROWING DEMAND FOR POST-OPERATIVE CASE SO THAT PEOPLE DON'T LOSE THE USE OF LIMBS WHICH HAVE BEEN SAVED, AND A CORRESPONDING NEED FOR MANY MORE TRAINED PHYSIOTHERAPISTS.

    MADAME NGUYEN HUE IS ONE OF THE FEW WHO'S STUDIED OVERSEAS. SHE SPENT A YEAR AT THE ROYAL MELBOURNE HOSPITAL'S PHYSIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT.

    TO TRY TO MEET PART OF THE NEED FOR TRAINED PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, MR. ROBINSON HAS BEEN TEACHING ARMY AND CIVILIAN STUDENTS. SO FAR, 3 HAVE HAD A MINIMUM OF TRAINING AND THE THIRD CLASS IS STUDYING FOR A FULL ACADEMIC YEAR. WHEN THE PUPILS GRADUATE, THEY WILL GO TO OTHER REHABILITATION CENTRES THROUGHOUT SOUTH VIETNAM.

    FOR THOSE WHO DO GET NEW LIMBS AND WHO ARE TAUGHT HOW TO USE THEM, THERE'S A CHANCE TO STUDY A TRADE AT THE SAIGON CENTRE -- FOR SOME, IT'S THEIR FIRST FORMAL EDUCATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8BGYGRYYPQIE8GEHAZB4GHL80
    Media URN:
    VLVA8BGYGRYYPQIE8GEHAZB4GHL80
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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