In November-December 2018, ACICIS welcomed 54 students from eleven Australian universities to join the two-week Public Health Study Tour (PHST). ACICIS was once again pleased to be hosted by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) at Universitas Indonesia (UI)for the PHST. Of the 54 students that undertook the tour, 48 were assisted by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. Accompanied by the PHST Tour Leader, Dr Luh Putu Lila Wulandari MPH, ACICIS Resident Director, Dr Adrian Budiman, ACICIS Deputy Resident Director, Ms Janelle May, and other ACICIS support staff, the students spent two weeks learning about the rural and urban public health issues currently facing Indonesia.
Students began their first week in Yogyakarta with an orientation session and a one-day Bahasa Indonesia survival class at the Universitas Sanata Dharma (USD) Language Center to encourage and help students to communicate with locals and immerse in the local culture during the tour. ACICIS also held a welcome dinner for the students, where they were entertained by traditional Indonesian dancing.
Students attended a series of seminars presented by various speakers, such as lecturers from ACICIS’ partner universities and local NGOs, such as Samsara, Rifka Annisa and Perkumpulan Keluarga Berencana Indonesia (PKBI) Yogyakarta. The seminars covered a variety of topics, including an overview of the public health system in Indonesia, dengue haemorrhagic fever and malaria, disaster-risk management, abortion, gender-based violence and LGBTQI issues.
Read more about the November 2018 PHST here.