Needs assessment of health professionals in communicating with adolescents about prevention of non-communicable diseases

Given the increasing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in Indonesia and Australia, early interventions enabling adolescents to develop healthy lifestyles are important. The role of primary healthcare is crucial in these interventions. Hence, students of medical and other health professions need skills in exploring challenges faced by adolescents and in encouraging healthy lifestyles. The current curriculum of Indonesian medical and other health professional education has not emphasized adolescent health adequately. In Australia, modules exist for medical curricula that focus on adolescents and their contribution to NCD prevention. This study aims to address this gap by conducting a detailed needs analysis of health professionals and medical students in managing adolescents and to then develop a framework for meeting these learning needs in adolescent health care principles with an orientation towards NCD prevention.

Associate Professor Lena Sanci

Associate Professor Lena Sanci

Deputy Head, Department of General Practice

The University of Melbourne

Dr Yoga Devaera

Dr Yoga Devaera

Lecturer, Department of Child Health

Universitas Indonesia