What is the Public Health Study Tour Program?

The Public Health Study Tour (PHST) is a two-week intensive program for public health students to gain experience in the public health sector in Indonesia. The study tour will provide an introduction to the public health challenges currently facing Indonesia, as well as existing government, international and community-led initiatives tasked with meeting these challenges. This is a unique opportunity for Australian students to hear from leading health professionals, policy-makers and community health workers in Indonesia, and to discuss approaches to health issues with Indonesian counterparts.

The two-week intensive tour is made up of a comprehensive seminar series, and a number of field visits to health care facilities, organisations and schools in Indonesia  which provide students with the opportunity to see firsthand how the public health system works in Indonesia and to understand the complex challenges it faces.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants of $3,000 are available to ACICIS member university students participating in this program in 2018 and 2019.

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The structure of the two-week study tour is as follows:

  • One week of seminars and field trips in Yogyakarta, including one day of concluding discussions and group presentations.
  • One week of seminars and field trips in Jakarta, in collaboration with Universitas Indonesia (UI), DFAT Development and including one day of discussions and group presentations;


ACICIS’ programs in Indonesia operate under the direction of the ACICIS Resident Director, Ms Elena Williams. ACICIS’ PHST Tour Assistant, Ms Citra Gantiaji, will serve as the primary liaison assisting with the planning of the tour. ACICIS staff will provide comprehensive in-country pastoral support services for students during their time in Indonesia.

In addition, a leading academic in the field of public health with specialised knowledge of Indonesia will be assigned for the duration of the PHST to provide academic supervision of the tour. The PHST Tour Leader for the 2016 tour was Professor Michael Dibley and the 2017 PHST Tour Leader was Dr Luh Putu Lila Wulandari (Wulan). The 2018 PHST Tour Leader/s will be announced in early 2018.