Health Cluster announces funding for mental health, tobacco education, capacity-building projects

Posted on October 25, 2017

The Australia-Indonesia Centre Health Cluster has granted funding for projects covering mental health classification, tobacco education initiatives, and capacity-building for medical professionals, students and parents, with a focus on adolescents.

Following a call-out for Tactical Research Projects, Strategic Research Projects and Youth-Led Educational Initiatives in August and September, Cluster Leads have selected new collaborative projects to be conducted by researchers from The University of Melbourne, Universitas Indonesia, Monash University, Universita Gadjah Mada, The University of Sydney and Universitas Airlangga, and initiatives from Smoke-Free Agents and Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives.

The projects cover an array of research areas surrounding the cluster’s focus on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including tobacco education and marketing research, mental health data collection and translation of psychometric instruments, parental support, and needs assessments, education and capacity-building for medical professionals and students.

Projects are set to commence in November 2017, with results expected in the second half of 2018.

Click through to read more about the projects below.


Cigarettes in small hands: Mapping cigarette retailers around children and adolescents in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Translation, cultural verification and formal validation of the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale – Revised (CESD-R) for young people in Indonesia

Collecting minimally sufficient data on child and adolescent mental health disorders in Indonesia


Parent Support Initiative Need Assessment on Early NCD Prevention in Adolescents

Needs assessment of health professionals and medical students in communicating with adolescent about prevention of non-communicable diseases

Investing in Leadership and Building Educational and Translational Capacity

Engaging primary care physicians in approaching adolescents for early prevention of non – communicable diseases (NCDs): An educational initiatives project at Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Breaking the chain of tobacco smoking in Generation Z by changing the perspective through interactive and cognitive approach in middle and high school students

De-normalising Smoking among Youths: A School-based Smoking Prevention Program