two days, participants from CDU and
the Northern Territory Government discussed the use of spatial data
for improving health service provision and planning with IndonesianUniversities
and governmen counterparts.
By mapping information
regarding the occurrence of major health issues and health service
infrastructure, the health department in NTT will be better equipped
to allocate resources and plan health projects.
Staff from the
Indonesian Health Department are very enthusiastic participants
in the project as there was a general consensus that current data
collection systems in Indonesia are designed only to fulfil reporting
requirements and do not allow for analysis or informed planning
by district health departments.
fostered a greater awareness of potential applications of data collection
and data visualisation technologies for addressing health issues
in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). Participants were particularly interested
in the technique presented of using cheap GPS enabled PDA’s
for the rapid mapping of health data. Such devices are currently
being used by indigenous rangers in Arnhemland and have proved to
be a high-tech but surprisingly simple solution for accurate field
The target districts
for the project in Flores and West Timor were asked to identify
a potential case study for this pilot project. The team from Flores
have chosen to map health facilities and associated resources in
their region to allow visualisation of community access to health
services whilst in West Timor an improved database for recording
and analysing their health data to allow the visual representation
of disease occurrences will be developed.
The major outcomes of
the Health Mapping workshop were:
• Greater awareness
of potential applications of data collection and data visualisation
software for health issues in NTT
• Greater awareness of major health data issues in NTT
• Discussions and beginning of design of case studies in
• Links created/strengthened between Indonesian researchers
in spatial science and public health in eastern Indonesia and
Observations from Health
from Rohan Fisher (CDU) and Ansariadi (UNHAS, Makasar) demonstrated
potential and actual applications of health mapping for informing
health service provision in NTT.
• Presentations from health departments (Provincial and
Kabupaten) mentioned similar suite of health issues, including
malaria, maternal and neonatal health, and child malnutrition.
• Various issues regarding data collections were discussed:
data is often used only for reporting purposes, collection and
collation doesn’t allow for analysis, quality/accuracy of
data collected may be questionable.
• Range of difficulties identified: inaccuracy in existing
data sets, lack of resources (human resources and infrastructure),
lack of capacity, need to seek optimal allocation of available