Dr Susy Sebayang

Lecturer, Faculty of Public Health

Universitas Airlangga

Dr Susy Sebayang is a lecturer in Public Health at Universitas Airlangga.

Dr Sebayang has extensive experience in conducting a large scale randomised controlled trial in the SUMMIT study that enrolled and followed up ~42,000 pregnant women in Lombok, Indonesia to assess the impact of maternal multiple micronutrient supplementation on mortality and birthweight.

Before she joined Universitas Airlangga, she was the Program Director of the SUMMIT 10 Year Study which was a follow up study of the SUMMIT children at the primary school age to assess the impact of the SUMMIT supplements on child cognition, motor and socio-emotional ability.  Dr Sebayang graduated from the Sydney School of Public Health with a thesis on the modifying impact of maternal nutritional status on the impact of maternal supplementation with multiple micronutrient on early infant mortality and birthweight.

Dr Sebayang has published peer-reviewed papers on birthweight and preterm birth indicators that are known to be associated with non-communicable diseases later in life.  Her research interest also covers mental-emotional health, tobacco control efforts and women’s empowerment associated with maternal and child health.

She currently collaborates with researchers from University of Sydney in Australia, Udayana University in Bali and Syah Kuala University in Aceh on cigarette-retailer mapping in Denpasar, Bali.  She receives funding to evaluate the implementation of tobacco-ads ban in Banyuwangi, East Java.

She also receives funding from the Australian Government through Alumni Grant Scheme to lead a project in collaboration with Syah Kuala University to train midwives and health cadres to screen and give support for maternal mental emotional problem in Banyuwangi and Banda Aceh.