During the Covid-19 pandemic, the ACICIS Public Health Study Tour (PHST) will be offered virtually, with the support of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.
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.
This virtual study tour will provide an introduction to the public health challenges currently facing Indonesia, including the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 virtual tour is made up of a comprehensive seminar series, and a number of virtual 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.
This tour has been invaluable in providing a cross-cultural experience that has opened my eyes to the realities of public health in Indonesia; we are leaving this tour with a wealth of knowledge, as well as the tools and curiosity to continue exploring public health issues both in Indonesia, and in broader contexts.
ACICIS Past Participant on the Virtual Public Health Study Tour
The structure of the two-week virtual study tour is as follows:
- Approximately 28 hours of seminars, tutorials and guided activities
- Approximately 26 hours of virtual field trips, Indonesian language classes and interactive cultural activities
- Approximately 32 hours of independent study (seminar and virtual field trip readings)
- Approximately 16 hours of group discussions and presentations, delivered in collaboration with University of Indonesia students
- Approximately 8 hours of reflective journal writing
A Tour Leader (TL) is assigned for the duration of the PHST to oversee all aspects of the program, including the supervision of its academic content. The TL also acts as the primary source of guidance and advice for students. The TL is available for student consultations on a regular schedule or by appointment. 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.
All ACICIS programs in Indonesia operate under the direction of the ACICIS Resident Director, assisted by administrative staff in both Australia and Indonesia. ACICIS’ administrative staff will check in with participants through the program and are available during business hours to assist with any concerns.