Welcome to Indonesia

Elective International in Indonesia offers a variety of placement options. They are available to anyone training on a medical, dental, nursing, general practitioner, midwifery, Physiotherapy course or to a qualified professional within any of these specialties.

There’s no other place in the world like Indonesia. Sure, you say, but where else do you have 3000 ethnic groups co-existing? Indonesians are a warm, friendly people who love to share their incredibly diverse culture with visitors. Indonesia’s long history means there’s no shortage of impressive sites like the Borobudur in java, the world’s largest Buddhist monument.  Home to the largest remaining tracts of tropical forest, Indonesia also boasts a wealth of natural beauty, among them active volcanoes and thousands of beaches. In Bali you are guaranteed an experience you won’t forget.

Elective International participants have the opportunity to have their placement Gadja Mada University, located in Jogja, Yogyakarta. Jogja is distinct cultural history—it’s the only place in Indonesia governed by a sultan—means you get a taste of Indonesia you might not have expected.

The Indonesian health system has marked regional inequalities. 55% of Indonesia’s 240 million people live in rural areas spread across 6,000 islands. Healthcare is most developed on the main island of Java, home to roughly 50% of the population. Budgetary pressures mean the government concentrates on providing primary care and basic hospital services. Management of health services has devolved to regional governments lacking experience and proper funding. As a stopgap measure the central government is actively promoting the growth of private healthcare at secondary and tertiary levels. Average life expectancy in Indonesia is almost 71 years (2009) and is low compared with that in developed nations and is also below that in neighbouring countries. The country has faced polio and measles outbreaks among children. It is also battling an increase in cases of HIV/AIDS and malnutrition. A 2008 UN report on the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Asia identified Indonesia as the country with the fastest-growing rate of infection. Indonesia has recorded 134 human deaths from avian influenza, which is more than any other country. Other diseases, such aschikungunya also pose challenges. Smoking-related diseases are a problem. In 2005 the World Health Organization reported an estimated 30% of the adult population as habitual smokers. Lifestyle diseases associated with rising incomes remain a secondary concern.

Top ten causes of morbidity and mortality in Indonesia

  • Coronary heart diseases
  • Influenza & pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Lung disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Road Traffic accidents
  • Hypertension
  • Lung Cancer

Low birth weight

Indonesia is unique in the way geography and population come together to present challenges to the country’s healthcare provision systems. Its population of almost a quarter billion people is spread across 6,000 islands (out of more than 18,000 total). Roughly half of the population lives in rural areas, meaning the delivery of even basic healthcare services presents a serious logistical headache. Years of chronic underinvestment in healthcare has also contributed to shortcomings in service provision. Healthcare delivery in Indonesia is largely done through private organizations, though these struggle just as much as government-run entities to cope with health issues such as an increase in HIV/AIDs cases and malnutrition. That said, there is some basic-level assistance to underprivileged communities through the national social security system with free outpatient care for the poor at health clinics and free treatment in hospitals.

Elective International in Indonesia has partnered with elements of the local healthcare system to provide you with the option of doing your elective placement at a government provincial level hospital. You’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the most commonly accessed tiers of the Indonesian healthcare system and experience firsthand the challenges faced by local healthcare providers.

The EI presence in Indonesia is set up to provide mentors for each of our elective programs in medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, midwifery, and dentistry.  EI mentors are carefully selected. They have extensive knowledge in their respective fields and we encourage you to take advantage of this. The setting is generally affable. We believe this bridges a gap and fosters optimal learning. Enthusiasm and a pro-active approach to your elective gets you the most out of your mentors.

The EI residence in Jogja is safe, spacious and comfortable, each with a large communal area as well as private suites. The residence is in a prime location, close to one of the island’s leading shopping districts and at walking distance from the island’s stunning beaches. Breakfast and dinner are included in your placement. Our Indonesian staff are a friendly and knowledgeable lot who will take you around and make sure you get the most out of your time.
Yogyakarta is one the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia.  Indonesia’s spectacular cultural displays and natural wonders are just as plentiful here on the island of Java. Yogyakartais the soul of Java and it’s where you’ll find Javanese arts and culture at their highest. It’s also unique in that it’s ruled by a sultan, the only place in Indonesia where this is the case.  Yogyakarta blend of the traditional and the modern gives it an interesting dynamic which adds to liveliness of the place.