Grantee details

Traveling Scholars Program Report

Erna Rochmawati, Ms.

Travel date: July 2, 2019

Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: Summer Course: Ethics in Dementia Care

Origin: Yogyakarta, Indonesia / Destination: Leuven, Belgium

How was this meeting/activity helpful to you?

I would like to thank to the IAPHC for providing me a travelling scholarship to attend the summer course "Ethics in dementia carel . The course has enriched my knowledge not only in dementia care but specifically to ethics in dementia care. The course has enabled me to have a broader consideration and concern prior to implementing innovations from the ethical point of view. The most important thing is I realise by providing dignity care means that we have provided an ethical care for patients with dementia. Attending the summer course also enabled me to meet colleagues from different countries which means that we can share experiences and also developing networks. Again, I would like to thank to the IAHPC for the travelling scholarship.

How will you new knowledge & acquired skills help in furthering your work in hospice and palliative care in your program/city/ or country?

By attending the summer course, my knowledge and understanding regarding ethics in dementia care improved particularly in dignity care and consideration prior to implementing new interventions. I will utilize the new educational experience by teaching dignity care and ethics in palliative care for undergraduate and postgraduate students. In addition, I will write dignity care and ethics in palliative care in the book that I am writing at the moment. By adding these topics in the book it will enable me to use the new knowledge and acquired skills to the advancement of palliative care in my home organization, and in Indonesia.

How IAHPC Traveling Scholars Program be improved in order to help other future traveling scholars?

The IAHPC travelling scholarship has provided me an opportunity to attend a summer course that can improve my knowledge and experience in palliative care particularly in dementia care. The travelling scholarship also enabled me to meet colleagues from many different countries so that we can share and learn from others experiences. We can also develop networks.

Narrative summary highlighting the needs and challanges you face

Palliative care especially dementia care is still developing in my country. Although there is an increasing awareness about palliative care but dignity care and ethics in dementia care is still not very well discussed. Consideration to use new health technology from ethical point of view is also still limited. Therefore, attending a summer course with the IAPHC travelling scholarship has enabled me to gain new knowledge, skills and understanding particularly ethics in dementia care.. Providing dignity care for patients with palliative care needs is important because not only we provide a humanized care but we also provide an ethical care. In addition, by attending the course I have more understanding with the advancement of the health technology that we need to provide more considerations prior the utilization of health technology from ethical point of view.