This research identifies the feasibility and applicability of an educational intervention for adult, child carers of people living with dementia. This study also an effort to provide evidence in delivering an educational intervention specifically in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). There relatively limited national dementia strategy that applied and or resources to support people living with dementia and their carers. Adult child carers tend to be the main carer for people living with dementia in LMICs, which may add caregiving burden. Nevertheless, the specific program intended for adult child carers may not be a focus of the previous evidence. Bridging this gap, result of this study may provide better understanding on how feasible and applicable an educational program for adult child carers of people living with dementia.
My project is funded by Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education and Northern Bridge/DfE.
What is your ideal Research outcome?
Well documented process in delivering the intervention and the participants’ experience during the educational intervention will be great outcomes. Additionally, some outcomes of educational intervention also measured, information on how deliver these measurements will be brilliant addition. This study may also build the evidence in conducting further research in providing higher evidence in delivering an educational intervention for adult child carers, especially in LMICs.
This study may strengthen the intervention to be more accessible in our society which ultimately support personal development of the carers of people living with dementia in Indonesia.
Professor Christine Brown Wilson, Dr Gillian Carter and Professor Kevin Brazil
Why did you choose this PhD and why at Queen’s?
It is not only the matter of the University but also Supervisors, learning environment, and the social life factors. QUB ranked 173 globally (QS World) and ranked 10th in the UK for Nursing which sounds very appealing, further, many supervisors with reputable publication and publications in Nursing studies. Northern Ireland itself in the past 5 years have reputable quality to be a great place in pursuing PhD. QUB also listed as recommended university in the UK by the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)
How have you been supported at Queen’s?
I feel supported being student at Queens, not only supportive supervisors – PhD program in Nursing – staff at school, but also from international office, graduate school, IT, library, student union, and many other units at Queen’s. School of Nursing and Midwifery also offer scholarship that enable us to get further training outside campus. At the university, I feel the Graduate School offers top notch training in personal development both academically and non-academically.
In what ways have you developed at Queen’s?
Academically, I am learning on how to conduct a research with quality, deliver scientific presentation, and build ability in long-life learning.
Can you describe the postgraduate community in the School and at Queen’s?
Postgraduate community in Nursing studies have great engagement, we have one person to be our representative and we make some activity together. During pandemic, we also have regular meeting and we also work closely with postdoc at school. These allows us to learn from peer on academic and more. Personally, as an international student, this is a great opportunity to make friends and improve communication skills too.
Where do you hope your PhD will lead?
I am working as lecturer at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. My PhD lead me to improve career-wise and also have more opportunity to work with many people in the university, outside the university, non-government organization, and hopefully government bodies in Indonesia. Research might be the current focus, but in the future, the knowledge application and delivery to the society, including students and community will be even larger in term of impact.
Anything else you would like to add or advice to new PGR students?
Go for it! Well, you might experience a challenging bumpy ride, there lies the excitement for future success.