Michael Kidd(1*), Hari Kusnanto(2)

(1) Family and Community Medicine Department, University of Toronto, Canada & World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)
(2) College of Indonesian Primary Care Physicians & Department of Family and Community Medicine; Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing; Universitas Gadjah Mada
(*) Corresponding Author


................ The Government of Indonesia has recently launched the nation’s postgraduate family medicine residency training programs, based in 17 universities spread across the country. For the first time, medical graduates will receive postgraduate training in comprehensive primary medical care. Formal assessment at the end of training will lead to Fellowship of the Indonesian College of Primary Care Physicians. These new graduates will lead the transformation of health care in this country............

One of the main tasks of primary care doctors or family doctors is disease prevention and health promotion. Health education is a way that most take to promote public health. The research articles in this edition show us about how health education is implemented with the aim of general society such as school students, health cadres and puskesmas officers. Education and experience (experiential-based) trigger behavior changes which are then expected to improve health status1. How health education is implemented can affect the results to be achieved. For example, the interactive learning process can achieve the expected results, rather than independent learning and lectures2..............


primary care physicians; primary care doctors; primary medical care; Health education;

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