Professor Declan Devane’s Visit to Yogyakarta, Supporting the Training Series of Cochrane Indonesia

Prof Declan Devane, a professor of Midwifery at National University of Ireland, Galway and the Director of the Health Research Board - Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) and an Editor at Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group at Cochrane Ireland. He was invited as a visiting professor to the Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). Prof Declan spent three weeks (March 5-23, 2018) in Yogyakarta and became speakers in several pieces of training and workshops arranged by Cochrane Indonesia.

On March 5, 2018 Prof Declan attended a Cochrane Indonesia Meeting right after the launch of Cochrane Indonesia on the same day. He engaged in the discussion and shared his view on Cochrane Indonesia's strategy and projected work plan in the future. A faculty dinner was held on the following day, together with other international guests who attended the launch of Cochrane Indonesia, including Mark Wilson (CEO of Cochrane), Sally Green, Steve McDonalds and Shauna Hurley from Cochrane Australia. With other guests, Prof. Declan Devane also participated in a meeting between Cochrane Indonesia team and the Rector of UGM to discuss the role of UGM in supporting Cochrane Indonesia activities.

During his visit, he was involved in seminars and workshops held by several departments in Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing UGM. On March 9, 2018, a seminar on Intrapartum Assessment of Fetal Well Being was held at Phoenix Hotel in collaboration with POGI, where Prof Declan discussed the interpretation of cardiotocography with obstetrician and gynecologists. A three-day workshop on Cochrane Systematic Review Workshop was held on March 12-14, 2018 at Grand Keisha Hotel, Yogyakarta. This workshop consisted of interactive lecture sessions and followed by small group discussions to allow the participants to develop their own ideas in writing a systematic review.

Declan Devane

Prof Declan's activities in Indonesia continued by becoming one of the guest speakers on a Writing for Publication Workshop on March 16-17, 2018 at Melia Purosani Hotel, where he focused on sharing his knowledge about systematic reviews. On March 20-21, 2018 the School of Nursing also invited Prof Declan to talk in a seminar attended by both lecturers and students from the faculty. The last workshop delivered by Prof Declan during this visit was a half-day GRADE Summary of Findings workshop on March 23, 2018. Attended by 27 participants, this was a relatively more advanced workshop in comparison to previous ones, so the participants are expected to have a priot background on both evidence-based medicine and the systematic review.

GRADE Summary of Findings workshop
GRADE Summary of Findings workshop

Besides the above academic activities, Prof Declan also managed to have a relaxed and well-spent holiday with his family by visiting tourist attractions in Yogyakarta, including Malioboro, Jogja Bay, Merapi Lava Tour, Ramayana Ballet Dance. He and his family were very happy to be able to visit Yogyakarta and would love to have another visit in the future.