Health Cluster announces Transform leadership program for the prevention of NCDs in Indonesia

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:

  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.

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.


  • Ms Hafizah Jusril – Associate Researcher, Universitas Indonesia
  • Dr Cut Novianti Rachmi – PhD Candidate, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Fransisca Handy Agung – Lecturer, Universitas Pelita Harapan
  • Mr John Prawira – Researcher, Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Ms Deviana Wijaya Dewi – Senior Program Manager, Australian Embassy, Jakarta
  • Dr Sudirman Nasir – Senior Lecturer, Universitas Hasanuddin
  • Ms Hasna Pradityas – Programme Coordinator, Smoke-Free Agents
  • Mr Hasirun – Intern, South Buton Department of Health
  • Mr Benny Prawira – Head Coordinator, Into The Light Indonesia