Applications open for Health Leadership Program for the Prevention of NCDs in Indonesia

Posted on December 5, 2017

Transform: a Leadership Program for the Prevention of NCDs in Indonesia

Applications are sought from interested individuals for a unique opportunity to participate in an eight-day leadership program in Melbourne, Australia in early 2018 that will be hosted by the University of Melbourne, funded by the Health Cluster of the Australia Indonesia Centre (AIC).

Indonesia is going through a major health transition: whilst the proportion of 10-24 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 NCDs.

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:

  1. Develop skills for leadership and working collectively in cross-sectoral contexts;
  2. Increase knowledge of adolescence and the evidence-base for effective strategies for the prevention of NCDs at individual and population levels;
  3. Build skills around engagement and consultation with adolescents in the conception, development and implementation of NCD prevention strategies;
  4. Develop skills in using social media to support the advancement of prevention strategies for NCDs.

Eight leaders/future leaders will be 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 leadership skills, advocacy, program logic, youth participation, data analysis, social media, intervention design, behaviour change, organisational change and evidence-based practice.

Eligible applicants may be:

  • educated in a range of disciplines including medicine, nursing, school counselling, lecturing, social work, health promotion, community development, or advocacy, or any other area related to youth
  • working in a range of roles including practitioner, manager, co-ordinator, leader, academic, or any other role pertinent to youth
  • employed in a range of sectors including private, government, NGO, philanthropic, or civil society, or any other sector relevant to youth
  • professionals in their early or middle career (5 to 15 years), and be less than 45 years of age
  • experienced working with young people OR
  • have a keen interest in working with young people

Applicants should be able to:

  • demonstrate their interest in the health and wellbeing of adolescents
  • describe any experience working towards the health and wellbeing of adolescents
  • express their belief in the importance of multilevel and cross-sectoral strategies
  • advocate for innovative approaches to prevention programming for adolescents
  • demonstrate their leadership or leadership potential


Participants must gain permission from their workplace to attend the leadership program and remain on their regular salary for the duration.

Participant must be available for a virtual interview in early January 2018.

Participants must be able to attend all eight days in Melbourne, between the 26th February and the 7th March, plus a day’s travel at both ends of that period.

Participants must be willing to work with their assigned mentor up to 3 months after the training.

Participants must submit a report on the outcomes of their participation in the Transform leadership program 3 months after participation.

Participants must be prepared to contribute fully throughout the eight days of leadership program, and to work co-operatively and respectively with program organisers, facilitators, presenters and with other participants.

Participants must join after-hours social activities as planned as part of the leadership program.

Costs covered

This grant will cover the cost of:

  • return economy flights (capped at $800AUD) from Indonesia to Melbourne, plus internal transfers (capped at $430AUD)
  • Australian visas
  • accommodation for 11 nights (twin share)
  • lunch for eight days, plus $20 AUD daily living costs
  • AIC ‘Transform’ welcome dinner
  • all learning resources and materials


Applicants* will be asked to submit:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Answers to a set of questions
  3. A written and signed reference

Applicants are required to download and fill out the Application Form (.docx 284k) and forward it to Andrea Krelle, Project Coordinator, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Royal Children’s Hospital at by 9:00am WIB, 19 December 2017.

Please note: late applications will not be considered.

*Professionals from remote regions are encouraged to apply.

Enquiries: Please contact Andrea Krelle with any questions at: