Q: Why did you decide to undertake the ACICIS program?
To challenge myself academically and learn more about Indonesia and the health issues they face. Also to develop a better understanding and appreciation of the Australian health system.
Q: What did you find to be the most challenging about your experience on the PHST?
With the help of the wonderful ACICIS’ staff no obstacle or challenge was too hard to overcome. Language barriers would have to be the main challenge but was easily overcome with some basic knowledge and our tour staff.
Q: What public health issues in Indonesia have you become more interested in/aware of as a result of this tour?
Primary health care and the challenges they face in both rural and urban areas is now an area that I’m passionate about from participating in this tour. Especially Posyandu and Puskesmas and the issues they face such as funding and service provision by qualified staff. Knowing from the Australian health system that service provision and staff education has so much room to grow in Indonesia gives hope to the changes that are being implemented. Having said that there is so much more potential for improvements to these areas through better funding distribution and standardisation of services and staff education.
Q: What was your favourite field trip?
Posyandu, Puskesmas and Rumah Sakit Hermina were my favourite field trips. Being from a nursing background I found these related very much to my Australian study.
Q: How do you think the Public Health Study Tour will influence your future careers or studies?
The tour has given me a new direction and drive towards public health and I will seek to find more opportunities to study and work in country in Indonesia should the opportunities arise.
Q: What did you most enjoy about the seminar series?
The seminar series gave great grounding for each field trip and explanations by the presenters was very informative and relevant.
Q: What was your favourite aspect of visiting Indonesia?
Indonesia is a very diverse country with a huge population. The people of Indonesia are so amazing and generous and accommodating you are left with a sense of never wanting to leave. The food is amazing and the culture is very unique.