PhD Candidate, Health Communication
The University of Sydney
Rizanna has worked intensively in research and projects focusing on media and interdisciplinary issues, such as health and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Her health communication research is in the issue of tobacco control, exclusive breastfeeding, and mental health. She is currently a PhD candidate in Health Communication at University of Sydney and working on a qualitative research exploring Indonesian women’s reading experience of both tobacco advertisements and the anti-smoking Public Service Announcements (PSAs).
Rizanna established the Center for Tobacco Control Studies (CTCS) in Banda Aceh in 2011, collaborated with Banda Aceh City Health Office drove for the Mayor Act No 47/2011 and the District Regulation—Qanun No. 25/2016 on Smoke Free Zone (SFZ) in Banda Aceh. She led her team to draft Chancellor’s regulation on SFZ in University of Syiah Kuala. Furthermore, she worked rigorously in tobacco control research and projects in collaboration with other organizations such as the TCSC-IAKMI, and wrote a joint paper published in Tobacco Control titled “Better to die than to leave a friend behind: industry strategy to reach the young” (2012).
Rizanna also designed an experimental education media for caregivers of Schizophrenia as part of an Inter-University Partnership Program (IUPP) between Harvard University, Gadjah Mada University, and University of Syiah Kuala supported by the USAID (2011-2013); and presently involved in a collaboration project between Universitas Airlangga Banyuwangi Campus and University of Syiah Kuala Banda Aceh to train midwives and health cadres to screen and give support for maternal mental problem in Banyuwangi and Banda Aceh.