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ECU students making a difference overseas

Monday, 11 October 2010


Health Science students from ECU recently travelled to Tulikup Village in central Bali to take part in a practicum placement run by the NGO Health Communication Resources (HCR).

The students, led by ECU honours graduate and HCR Bali based manager, Mr Dane Waters, lived and worked in the Balinese village for three-weeks, and worked extensively with local radio station Heartline Bali FM, which aims to positively impact the health and social needs of the village and surrounding region.

Students gained an insight into the health issues of the Balinese community, conducting research through interviewing midwives, volunteer health workers and new parents at the child health clinics.

They also met with community members, including the Principal of SKEI Elementary School in Gainyar to survey 16 year old students on their physical activities and developed appropriate actions and radio messages to help increase activity among this age group.  

The students shared their recommendations for improving healthcare, as well as their experiences living with the Balinese community on Heartline Bali FM.

Lecturer from the School of Computing Health and Science, Ms Jill Darby, believes the program is a fantastic learning opportunity for ECU students and fosters partnerships with their Indonesian translators.

“Gaining an inside look at international health care programs provides students with a solid knowledge base from which they can further develop their studies and skills in community development and health promotion,” said Ms Darby.  

For more information on the program, email Jill Darby on


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