Project name: Enhancing Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services in Surabaya, Indonesia
Host partners: Menur Mental Hospital and Dr Radjiman Wediodiningrat Mental Hospital
Singapore partner: Individual volunteers from the Singapore’s healthcare sector
Project aim: To enhance child and adolescent psychiatry services in the East Java province.
Duration: 2016 - 2018
Outcomes: Nine training workshops were conducted for 325 Indonesian healthcare workers from four hospitals in Surabaya and its surrounding areas. Besides enhancing participants’ knowledge and skills in assessing, treating, and managing children and adolescent patients, 27 Master Trainers were also identified to impart training to their peers. Following this project, the Menur Mental Hospital introduced more focused and integrated treatment for patients, built greater awareness in schools to manage behavioural issues, and improved communication with patients’ families. Inspired by the visit to Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health, the Dr Radjiman Wediodiningrat Mental Hospital added a Snoezelen sensory therapy room to its facilities, and applied the skills learnt in play therapy and cognitive therapy to enable positive interactions between patients and nurses. In all, the enhanced skillsets acquired during this project benefited over 11,000 people.