The Australian organisation People for Health, Education and Development Abroad (APHEDA) on May 13 was honoured with a certificate of merit by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour for its contributions to the development of trade unions in Vietnam. On the same day, APHEDA’s Mekong river region chapter Director Phillip Hazeton was also awarded a “For the cause of trade union development” insignia for his active contributions to APHEDA’s development programmes in Vietnam , especially trade union projects. APHEDA was created in 1984 as the overseas aid agency of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, in recognition of the union movement’s responsibility to contribute directly to countries and regions worldwide affected by injustice and human rights issues. As one of APHEDA’s first beneficiaries, since 1985 Vietnam has benefited from nearly 100 APHEDA-invested projects valued at over 10 million AUD (roughly 10.7 million USD). Since 1993, the organisation has carried out a number of trade union projects in the Southeast Asian country with a focus on improving negotiation skills, labour hygiene safety, gender equality and HIV/AIDS prevention and control, drawing the participation of thousands of Vietnamese union officials and labourers. Phillip Hazeton has held important posts in APHEDA as well as APHEDA’s Mekong river region chapter, which includes Vietnam , Laos and Cambodia. /.