Australia-Thailand Intstitute

ATI Funded Grant Projects


Education Radio Productions, Talkback Classroom in the Classroom


A practical five day professional development program for 21 Thai secondary school teachers that demonstrated the benefits of active, student centred learning for Thai classrooms. The participants were exposed to the successful and proven 'Talkback Classroom' model of participatory student learning and engagement, and are now able to implement a Talkback Classroom pedagogical model in their schools.

A central component of the program was the involvement of 24 grade 12 students who took part in a teaching lab component of the program each afternoon. Participating teachers worked with the students to prepare them for a series of interviews that culminated in a final interview on the last day of the program with a guest interviewee.

The program referenced the Thai Ministry of Education's Stimulus Package 2, introduced in January 2010, which encourages teachers to introduce a more interactive pedagogy in their classrooms. This professional development program for teachers actively supported the principles of this new Thai education initiative.

Student participants in the Talkback Classroom project [photo courtesy of Mr Stephen Cutting]

Royal Life Saving Society Australia, SwimSafe Thailand


This project targeted childhood drowning in Thailand, an epidemic that claims the lives of 2,600 Thai children annually, nearly all of whom lack basic survival swimming skills. The project trialled a new survival swimming program, delivered in portable swimming pools. The project trained and certified 11 new swimming and water safety instructors (Thai nationals, normally school teachers) to deliver the program to school children. SwimSafe Thailand has trained around 500 children to date with particularly strong results for older primary school children.

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Royal Life Saving Society Australia, SwimSafe Thailand

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Promoting Midwifery Care Through Education Exchange


Under this program the ATI funded two exchange visits to promote midwifery care in Thailand and Australia. The first brought Mahidol University (Bangkok) staff to RMIT for two weeks in November 2010. A return trip of RMIT academics to Mahidol University occurred in July 2011. The visits included lectures, midwifery clinical visits and seminars to clinicians and academics on Thai midwifery practises. This project achieved sustainable long term continuity of care midwifery models for Thai maternal health service delivery.

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Professor Eleanor Holroyd (left), Dr Linda Jones (centre), Dr Ameporn Ratinthorn (right) and Directors of Midwifery from Mahidol University's teaching hospital.

Global Entrepreneurial Education, Phuket/Darwin Education Initiative


This grant was the first phase in bringing the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) to Thailand. Dr Peter Harris travelled to Thailand to sign a memorandum of understanding between CERES Community Environment Park (Melbourne), Billanook College (Victoria), and the Srinagarindra The Princess Mother School, Phuket. This set in place the foundation for a cross-cultural program to teach schools and their communities to become sustainable through improvements to their management of resources such as energy, waste, water, biodiversity and landscape design. Phase two of this project has been funded in the 2011-12 financial year. This project, in its entirety, is due for completion in December 2011 with a full completion report to be submitted to the ATI by the end of January 2012.

Students of The Princess Mother School sing 'Heal the World' at the MoU ceremony

Australian National University, Building and Sustaining Research Capacity of Academic Staff Through Collaborative Research and Postgraduate Supervision


A project between the Research Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Australian National University, and the Faculty of Nursing Chulalongkorn University, Thailand to build and sustain the research capacity of staff and students located within these two educational institutions. The project developed and delivered bilateral research seminars, established a formal link between the two universities, provided avenues for collaborative research and knowedge transfer of evidence-based practice into clinical areas and developed emerging young leaders to undertake future research projects.

University of Sydney, Democratic Governance and Human Rights Program


This program seeks to deepen and broaden academic research and teaching in the area of democratic governance and human rights. It will do so by building a strong and sustainable collaboration between two leading research and teaching centres in Australia and Thailand and providing opportunities for young scholars to develop their expertise in and exposure to this field. The ATI's funding will specifically:

  • 1. Provide support for two emerging human rights advocates from Australia and Thailand to conduct cross-cultural research into current human right issues
  • 2. Provide support for a reciprocal academic exchange program for one leading academic from University of Sydney and Mahidol University respectively to collaborate on research, transfer knowledge and build new links and networks between human rights professionals.

This project is due for completion in June 2012 with a full completion report to be submitted to the ATI by the end of July 2012.