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Ha Hoang

Ha Hoang


  • Master of Medical Science, University of Tasmania
  • Post-Graduate Certificates in Banking and Finance, Griffith University, QLD, Australia (Excellent Results)
  • Bachelor of Sea Transport Economics, Vietnam Maritime University
  • Certificate IV in Accounting, TAFE Tasmania
  • Certificate III in Financial Services, TAFE Tasmania


Ha grew up in a very happy family in Vietnam with her wonderful parents and a lovely sister. After graduation from university in Vietnam she got married and accompanied her husband to beautiful Australia for the first time. During over three years stay in Brisbane she had her first child and her first Australian degree in Finance and Banking. Going back to Vietnam after that, Ha worked across different disciplines as a research assistant and a logistics executive. Moving to Australia for the second time, Launceston has become her permanent homeland in which she has experienced the happiness and the challenges. Entering into the academic world is like a sharp turn in her career. Since she has become a research student she has discovered that she loves what she is doing! Doing research is challenging but very interesting and gives her a great sense of personal achievements. She now lives with her supportive husband and her two lovely sons in her sweet home in Launceston.

Current Study

PhD (General)

Title of research: Maternity care and services in rural Tasmania: The perspectives of rural women and health professionals.

Australia has a high quality health care system, rating well internationally and provides high standard health care services to its people. However, it is not meeting the needs of all Australian women especially for rural and remote women. Rural and remote families experience higher rates of maternal deaths; rural women have significantly higher rates of neonatal deaths and remote women have higher rates of fetal deaths. Further, half of the small rural maternity units across Australia have been closed in the past 12 years forcing thousands of rural and remote women to leave their community or place to distant centres to give birth. This negatively affects the well-being of mothers and their babies who have to leave their familiar environment, their community and their family to travel to a larger centre to get obstetric services. Thus, the main purpose of the study is to investigate the maternity needs of rural communities in Australia and compare those needs with the existing maternity services and policy.


  • Hoang, H., Le, Q. & Kilpatrick, S. (2009). Having a baby in the new land: a qualitative exploration of the experiences of Asian migrants in rural Tasmania, Australia. Rural and Remote Health 9 (online), 2009: 1084. Available from: [Refereed Article]
  • Hoang, H. (2009). 'Maternity care experiences of ethnic minorities in rural Tasmania: A mixed methods study', Health in Transition: Research for the Future. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Community Health Nursing Research conference in Adelaide, 16 - 20 August 2009. [Conference extract]
  • Hoang, H. (2008). Language and Cultural Barriers of Asian migrants in Accessing Maternal care in Australia. The International Research Journal of Language, Society and Culture (26), 55-61. [Refereed Article]
  • Hoang, H. (2008). 'Maternity care in rural Tasmania in the eyes of Asian migrants', Paper presented at the Social Inclusion and Exclusion of Culturally Diverse Communities: Strategies and Experiences conference in Launceston, 1 - 2 August 2008. [Conference extract]
  • Hoang, H. (2007). How does culture play a role in pregnancy, birth and after birth? A cross cultural study of human reproduction, Graduate Research Papers in Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Q. Le (ed.), Launceston, pp. 119 - 142. ISBN 978-1-6295-386-4. [Book Chapter]
  • Hoang, H. (2007). Maternity care: An intercultural study. Paper presented at the World Congress of Health professions - The future now: Challenges and opportunities in health, 23 - 26 March 2008, Perth, WA Australia. [Conference extract]
  • Hoang, H. (2007). Cross-cultural study of the views and attitudes towards maternity care of migrants in rural Tasmania - What does literature say?. Paper presented at the Collaborative Graduate Research Conference, 21 June 2007, Hobart, Australia. [Conference extract]