Mental health disorders have become a world-wide problem as a result of its contribution to the current and predicted global burden in the future. However, huge treatment gap in most countries, especially lower-middle-income countries, is still evident, reflecting the poor concern of the government in regards to the issue. Many countries world-wide take mental health issues as a non-priority, which leaves advocacy in mental health system development to walk a long journey ahead.
International Short Course on Advocacy Skills in Mental Health System Development: from Research to Policy is a 2 weeks course designed to answer the need for advocacy skill training in developing mental health system.
This course is intended for students (undergraduate, post-graduate, doctoral), researchers, mental health professionals (psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health nurse, GP, and other clinicians) as well as policy makers from any countries world-wide who have concern in the development of mental health system.
This course materials will be delivered by experienced experts in the area of mental health system advocacy. It will also include small group works, discussions, as well as field trip to local community-based mental health rehabilitation facility.

  • Prof. Harry Minas – University of Melbourne
  • A/Prof. Hans Pols – University of Sydney
  • Dr. Sudipto Chatterjee – University of Melbourne
  • Dr. Erminia Colucci – Middlesex University London
  • Prof. Theo Bouman – University of Groningen
  • Prof. Ali Ghufron Mukti – Directorate General of Resources for Science, Technology and Higher
    Education – Indonesia
  • Prof. Laksono Trisnantoro – Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Prof. Sofia Retnowati – Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Dr. Rahmat Hidayat – Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Dr. Elan Satriawan – Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Dr. Diana Setiyawati – Universitas Gadjah Mada


The materials covered in this short course include:

  • Advocacy and advocacy skills in mental health system
  • Global mental health
  • Cultural and political consideration in mental health system
  • Essential elements in advocacy
  • Methods in advocacy
  • Mental health policy development & implementation
  • Best practice from ASEAN
  • Research & data in mental health system
  • The course agenda is available on our website


Upon completion of this short course, the participant will develop the ability to:

  • Be the agent of change in the development of mental health system.
  • Have proficient understanding and consideration of local culture in the development of the mental health system.
  • Conduct research in epidemiological and prevalence of mental health and the various methods of research that supports advocacy.
  • Perform cost-benefit analysis of the mental health policy.
  • Evaluate policy and conduct impact research.


  • Lecture by international & national experts in mental health advocacy.
  • Small group work to analyze the situation, develop ideas of advocacy program, outline steps of advocacy program.
  • Development of research projects and joint publications.
  • Visitation to community-based mental health rehabilitation facility.


International Short Course on Advocacy Skills in Mental Health System Development: from Research to Policy will be held in Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia on 25 September – 6 October 2017. Prior to the Short Course, there will be International Workshop ‘Eliminating Restraint of Persons with Mental Illness in Indonesia: A Review of Progress’ on 23-24 September 2017 (registration & registration fee separated).

  • Program
  • Workshop Kit
  • Course handbook
  • Exclusive bag & t-shirt
  • Lunch, coffee break & dinner
  • Gala dinner
  • Certificate


ASEAN Student is eligible for scholarship (airfare excluded) for up to 5 students. Please upload your recent CV and motivation letter to the registration form by 15 August 2017 EXTENDED until 27 August 2017.
Other participants (researchers, mental health professionals, clinicians, policy makers, etc) may join the short course and pay the short course fee and travel cost from their home country.
The course fees (room accommodation excluded) are as follows:
ASEAN           : 525 USD
non-ASEAN : 600 USD
General   : 2.500.000 IDR
Students : 2.000.000 IDR
Registration Deadline: 25 August 2017 EXTENDED until 11 September 2017
Payment Deadline: 15 September 2017

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