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.
ACICIS’ PHST enabled me to witness first-hand some of the global health issues which would otherwise appear abstract in a classroom setting. I found it thoroughly engaging, eye-opening and inspiring.ACICIS Past Participant
The structure of the two-week study tour is as follows:
- 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;
- One week of seminars and field trips in Yogyakarta, including one day of concluding discussions and group presentations.
ACICIS’ programs in Indonesia operate under the direction of the ACICIS Resident Director. ACICIS’ PHST Tour Coordinator, 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 (TL) for the pilot tour in 2016 was Professor Michael Dibley. Dr Luh Putu Lila Wulandari (Wulan) was the 2017 and 2018 PHST Tour Leader. Our tour leaders in 2019 were Dr Emily Rowe and Dr Ade Prastyani.