Improving evidence utilisation in Puskesmas (health centres) in South Kalimantan

Project Summary

3 September 2018

  • Sector: Health
  • Country location: Indonesia
  • Grantee: The University of Adelaide
Photo of people holding a sign outside a building.
Visit to a Puskesmas in Martapura Barat in November 2017. Mr Setho Hadisuyatmana, Midwife in-charge of the Puskesmas (name unknown), Dr Tim Schultz, Director of Puskesma, Ms Kurnia Rachmawati, Ms Selvia. Photo credit: University of Adelaide.

Project description

This project aims to support, fund and evaluate the delivery of training to 50-60 community public health centres in South Kalimantan to address the problem of neonatal mortality. Using a train-the-trainer approach, it builds on a project by the University of Adelaide to develop evidence-based training materials for midwives, doctors and nurses.

Currently in South Kalimantan, 44 babies in every 1000 die in the first year of life. This is about twice the national target, and nearly 15 times worse than in Australia. Most of these deaths occur within a month of birth; however, up to three-quarters of these neonatal deaths could be prevented using evidence-based interventions. For example, neonatal mortality is lower when trained delivery attendants assist in the birthing process and provide postnatal care. Health professionals’ knowledge of these evidence-based procedures is crucial. Facilitation, defined as “the process of enabling (making easier) the implementation of evidence into practice” will be used throughout the project to guide the delivery of the training, and help to support clinical and organisational practice change.

Key dates

Workshop, University of Lambung Mangkurat, 14-18 November 2018

Public health centre staff training, Various public health centres in South Kalimantan, 21 January 2019 to 4 March 2019

Train-the-trainer workshop, Banjarbaru, 15-18 January 2019

Submission of manuscript, University of Lambung Mangkurat, 20-23 May 2019

  • Australia-Indonesia Institute grant offer: $24,600.00 GST in addition
  • Total project value: $27,060
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Last Updated: 4 September 2018