From Paternalism to Empowering Patients: A New Approach to Mental Health in Indonesia

Santi Yuliani

Mental Hospital, Magelang, Indonesia

In the treatment of mental disorders, the doctor-patient relationship, and the attitudes of health personnel, are of profound importance. Traditionally, physicians have occupied positions of authority; patients were expected to follow their orders. This attitude is still present today, which is the main reason to introduce a new paradigm characterized by a better and more egalitarian doctor-patient relationship. To achieve this, the Magelang Mental Hospital is currently implementing the Optimal Health Program (OHP) workbook with guidance from St.Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. OHP is a self-management program which promotes hope, growth, and meaningful connections and partnerships. The aim is to empower people to enhance their wellbeing and build on their strengths and values. OHP responds to individual needs and offers the opportunity to have conversations, reflect, write down ideas, ask questions, and develop strategies. OHP aims to empower patients to understand their medical condition and to be actively involved in developing plans that lead to recovery and wellness.

In this presentation, I will provide an overview of the implementation of this program, difficulties encountered, and report on outcomes.


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