A unique eight-day leadership program is being run in Melbourne in early 2018 that will be hosted by the University of Melbourne, funded by the Health Cluster of the Australia-Indonesia Centre.
Indonesia is going through a major health transition: whilst the proportion of 10 to 24-year-old adolescents is increasing dramatically, these young people are presenting with a new set of health problems related to lifestyle behaviours such as unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and substance use and mental disorders. These behaviours commonly persist into adulthood with repercussions on the adult burden of disease (e.g. premature death from cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer) and the health of the next generation. There is an urgent need for Indonesia to build its workforce and technical capacity to meet the new challenge of responding to this growing burden of non-communicable disease (NCD).
The goal of this program is to develop the capacity of a select group of current and future leaders in Indonesia to advance the prevention of NCDs, with a focus on adolescence.
The aims of the program are to:
Nine future leaders have been selected to represent a range of disciplines, roles and sectors, with the purpose of developing their knowledge and skills around NCD prevention in the context of working within and across different sectors.
The program will include NCDs, leadership, advocacy, youth participation, social media, program logic, intervention design, practice change in health and education settings, advocacy, and media training.