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Indonesia Research Update #12: Integrative mental health services in Indonesia by Andrian Liem

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With only 451 clinical psychologists (CP) among 240 million people in 2015, mental health services in Indonesia requires interdisciplinary and multisector collaboration.

Integration between conventional medicine (including conventional psychotherapy) and Complementary-Alternative Medicines (CAM) could be one example of that collaboration because researchers have confirmed CAM’s effectiveness both for physical and psychological issues.

Moreover, CP as health professionals, should also have basic CAM knowledge to be able to provide psychoeducation about CAM based on the latest scientific research to their clients.

Therefore, the aim of Andrian’s study is to explore Indonesian CP knowledge of, attitudes towards, experiences with, and educational needs for CAM using mixed-methods design.

A link to online survey was emailed to 1,045 registered CP in Indonesia. The quantitative phase followed by interviews with 43 CP working at public health centres in Yogyakarta Province.

As preliminary results, he found that CP in Indonesia report inadequate knowledge of CAM and positive attitudes towards CAM, especially integrating CAM into their clinical practice. The majority them had used CAM for personal purpose but the percentages were lower for professional use.

In addition, Indonesian CP strongly agreed that CAM education was needed in psychology curricula. Integration of CAM content in psychology curricula is suggested to be conducted at undergraduate level, master level, and continuing education for registered CP with different aims for each level.

Currently Andrian is working on the qualitative data that will be combined with the qualitative results.

It is expected that the findings from this research will be used for CP communities in Indonesia, education institutions that provide professional psychology programs, and psychology associations to create more integrative mental health services in Indonesia.


Andrian Liem is a PhD candidate at the School of Psychology, the University of Queensland, Australia, with a scholarship from the Indonesian Government (BPI LPDP RI). He completed his bachelor and master in psychology from Universitas Sanata Dharma and Universitas Gadjah Mada.

Andrian’s research interests include indigenous-cultural psychology, clinical-health psychology, gender and sexuality, drug-abuse, HIV-AIDS, and interfaith-dialogue.

More information could be accessed by contacting Andrian on


Indonesia Research Update is an initiative by GoLive Indonesia that aims to promote and disseminate knowledge and information obtained through research completed by Indonesian students outside of Indonesia.

We sincerely thank Andrian and wish the best for his future endeavours in career and life.


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GoLive Discussion Series Highlights – 15 June 2016

Talking about cancer can be daunting for most people. However, not the case with GoLive Indonesia discussion series. This month, GoLive Indonesia is grateful to  have Dr Chandra Kirana, Research Officer at Basil Hetzel Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Adelaide, as our presenter. Dr Chandra got her degree as a Biologist from Gadjah Mada University and completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide and worked at CSIRO Human Nutrition in Adelaide and Wakefield Biomedical Research Institute in Wellington in New Zealand.


Dr Chandra Kirana from Bazil Hetzel Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Adelaide

The discussion on colorectal cancer (CRC) highlights on how this particular type of cancer is usually found in older generation and developed countries, while increasing trend is also found in developing countries. In the case of Indonesia, Dr Chandra elaborates that there is still very little research being done on CRC. Furthermore, she enunciates previous research which found that the risk of getting cancer due to genetic history is only at the 10% level. The way we treat our body, what we eat and what kind of lifestyle we choose pose a greater 30% cancer risk. Similarly, what we do to the environment (pollution, drinking water) and virus or bacterial infestation expose 30% each of cancer risk to humans.


Q&A session – GoLive Discussion Series

While talking about CRC prevention and detection, Dr Chandra explains how Australian Government set up a program that automatically ask permanent resident and citizen at the age of 50 to send their stool sample for a faecal occult blood test as CRC screening. When dealing with cancer, samples, data and early detection mechanism is imperative.

Our discussion then establish that high fibre diet is extremely important in staying healthy. When asked about Indonesian cuisine, Dr Chandra describes that Indonesian’s diet is rich of fibre, especially our green vegetables. In addition to that, she also emphasizes on the benefit of having turmeric as part of our diet. Research shows that turmeric contains good anti-cancer properties. Also soursop leaves is recommended for prostate cancer patients.


Dr Chandra Kirana and Gracia Girsang – handing GoLive official T-shirt

The ninety minutes discussion went by swiftly. It is intellectually stimulating to learn that when talking about cancer, the amount of research, resources and factors involved to find a cure is ample. Biologist like Dr Chandra represents a small side of the struggle to overcome CRC. Information about cancer alone is often found lacking, this is where Dr Chandra emphasize on the importance of a collaborative effort in research and hope that Indonesia will be able to keep up with the challenge.

GoLive Indonesia is deeply thankful to Dr Chandra Kirana for sharing her knowledge with us.

Photos courtesy of Reyza Ramadhan.

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GoLive Discussion Series on “Colorectal cancer: what do we know about it?” by Dr Chandra Kirana, 15 June 2016

GoLive Indonesia cordially invites you to our June discussion series.

We are very happy to welcome Dr. Chandra Kirana, Research Officer, Basil Hetzel for Translational Health Research, University of Adelaide. Dr. Kirana will be discussing on the topic of “Colocrectal cancer: What do we know about it?”

Please RSVP via eventbrite Here



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Better nursing care for better health care

It is widely accepted that Indonesia has made significant progress in health outcomes over the last decades. According to the World Bank, infant mortality dropped from 118 deaths per thousand births in 1970 to 35 in 2003, and life expectancy increased from 48 years to 66 years over the same period. However, challenges remain. One of those challenges is concerns about the quality of health care driven by increasing demand from consumers to be better treated.

Wan Nisha Dewi, a PhD scholar at University of South Australia and a researcher at University of Riau, Indonesia is conducting research on shifting nursing care practices into person-centred care (PCC) in Indonesian hospitals. This research is expected to provide recommendations on how to improve the health services by providing more respectul and responsive treatment to patients.

Person-centred care (PCC) is defined as the extent to which health care providers select and deliver interventions or treatment that is respectful of and responsive to the needs, and values of the individual and puts the person at the centre of care.

PCC has become the focus of many organisations for health care delivery and quality improvement efforts around the world.

The advantages of using PCC in clinical practice include flexibility and adaptability, increased patient satisfaction with care, organisational effectiveness and efficiency and enhanced quality of care.

How PCC is implemented differs between countries in response to local cultures, resources and consumer expectations of health care systems. It is important for health care providers and hospitals organisation to consider PCC as a model to deliver health care services because its model has found significantly improve healthcare outcomes. The use of PCC, however, has been predominantly in health systems of some developed countries. The use of PCC in developing countries has received relatively little attention.

Dewi’s study highlights room for improvements in the introduction and implementation of person-centred care (PCC) in Indonesian hospitals and there is a need to further research the impacts of PCC on nursing practice and patients in Indonesia.

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Staying Alive at Work: Health Hazard Assessment of Foundry

Occupational Health Hazard - Steel Wool / Light Painting may be harmful :)

Occupational health traditionally focused on occupational disease prevention. Over time, however, it has shifted to promotion of work productivity. The health, safety and well-being of working people are seen as pre-requisites for improvements in quality and producitivity. On the other hand, occupational medicine is an established branch of medical specialty founded by Bernardino Ramazzini who published an influential book called “Diseases of Worker”. It provides a link and removes the gap between medical knowledge and occupational demands. Occupational medicine specialists work closely with other OHS practitioners as a team.

Dr Ikhwan Muhammad of University of Adelaide shared his experience of visiting Intercast and Forge Pty. Ltd. Dr Muhammad’s presentation is aimed at providing a picture about the role of OHS practitioners in controlling risk of hazards of works and, ultimately, providing a safe and healthy work environment.

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