Enhancing maternal and child health research capacity in Indonesia: a participatory learning research project

Linda Sweet, Kristen Graham

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Developing research capacity has been identified as a significant area of need by clinical and academic staff in Indonesia. Indonesian clinicians, clinical educators and academics, including midwives, doctors, and nurses have attended two Australia Awards Fellowship programs to build capacity in research and education to improve maternal and child health in Indonesia. During the 2017 workshop we undertook a research study to evaluate the use of
an innovative participatory learning activity aimed at building capacity in both research and teaching in an inter-professional and inter-organisational context.
A mixed method approach was used to explore participants’ experiences of research participation for developing their own research capacity and ability to teach research skills.
Data collection incorporated an online survey and focus group discussions at the end of the participatory activities during the participants’ stay in Australia. This was followed up
with another online survey and interview and/or focus group discussion 3 months after the activity, during an in-country visit to Indonesia.
Participants were asked to describe their perceptions of research, their developing capacity to undertake research following the workshop content and their research participation. The
survey asked them to rate their perceived capacity and provide feedback on the teaching approaches. The interviews and focus group discussions explored the strengths and
weaknesses of the teaching and learning approaches used to develop research capacity and strengthen interdisciplinary and inter-organisational understandings of research.
Participants reported that the participatory learning activity was an appropriate and effective mechanism to develop maternal and child health research skills, build confidence in
teaching qualitative research methods and strengthen their understanding and appreciation of interdisciplinary and inter-organisational research. Most participants reported having
translated resulting skills into their research or teaching activities in the three months following the workshop, with a number stating they would use this method of teaching
research themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming midwifery practice through education 2018
Place of PublicationAdelaide
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2018
EventTransforming midwifery practice through education 2018 - Australia, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 20 Sept 201821 Sept 2018


ConferenceTransforming midwifery practice through education 2018
CityGold Coast
Internet address

Bibliographical note

K Graham, lead author, L Sweet co author and presenting author


  • midwifery education
  • health research
  • Indonesia


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