Dr Sari Andajani-Sutjahjo

Head of Discipline - Public Health, Senior Lecturer

Phone: 64+ 9 921 9999 Ext 7738

Email: sandajan@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Room MB306
AUT University
South Campus
640 Great South Rd
Manukau, Auckland 2025
New Zealand


Room AR346
AUT University
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland 0627
New Zealand

Postal Address:
Department of Public Health, Mail Code A12
AUT University
North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand 


PhD Public Health (University of Melbourne)

Memberships and Affiliations:

Academic Board Health Promotion Forum New Zealand
Board of Trustee. Ka Mau Te Wero [Rising to the Challenge] Community Development Programme
Glen Innes Community Health and Wellbeing Group

Teaching Areas:

Health Promotion
Community Development
Gender and Human Rights
Young people and reproductive health


2014 – ‘Gender relations and power in the decision making of using emergency contraceptive pills amongst youth in Thailand’ by Sansanee Chanthasukh. PhD candidate, AUT. First supervisor
2013 - 'Using the Internet to HIV/AIDS prevention amongst young men who have sex with men in Bali, Indonesia’ by Dinar Lubis, PhD candidate, AUT. Second  supervisor with Dr. Cath Conn
2013 – ‘Healthy Workplace Innitiative in Kiribati’ by Tiroia Teikaka. MPH candidate. AUT. First supervisor
2012 – ‘Women’s perceptions and understanding of maternal health care: A qualitative participatory research to improve maternal health and emergency services in rural Zimbabwe’ by Blessing Kanengoni. MPH candidate. AUT. First   supervisor
2012- ‘Women’s perceptions and experiences on community-based family planning in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. MPH candidate. AUT. First supervisor
2012 –‘A snapshot of Community Health Development Evaluation in Aotearoa New Zealand’ by Yvonne Williamson. Master of Public Health. AUT. First supervisor
2011 – ‘A modified systematic review and general literature review of overweight and obesity among pregnant women in the Arab Gulf countries.  ‘ by Alaa Naser. Master of Public Health . AUT. Second supervisor with Assoc Prof John F Smith

Research Areas:

International health, Indonesia, gender based violence, women’s health, maternal and child health,  human rights  and  public health, community development and participatory action research. 

Research grants:

2013-2014  Peace and Disarmament Education Trust (PADET): Intersection of sexual violence and ethnic identity: Journeys to resilience and reconnection among Indonesian Chinese women and girls ($NZ 3,000).

2012-2013 Auckland University of Technology. Establishing NZ WHOQOL-BREF Reference Values (with Dr. Rex Billington) ($NZ 6,000).

2010-2012 Lottery Community Research Sector (LCSR): Tamaki Community Action Research- Random Household Survey and Asset Mapping Project, in a collaboration with Ka Mau Te Wero Charitable Trust, Community Development Project (with Dr Tess Liew) ($NZ 136,000).

2011 -Auckland University of Technology, Contestable Travel Grant: Setting up research collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Gender and Women’s Health, Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University, Thailand ($NZ 2,500).

2012 Auckland District Health Board: Tamaki Community Action Research (CAR) Project Road Show: Tamaki Community, Auckland, New Zealand (with Dr Tess Liew) ($NZ 10,000).

2012 New Zealand Ministry of Social Development. Community and Family Services Fund: A Feasibility Study for the Point England Hub- Learning Village. The project collaboration with Ka Mau Te Wero CharitableTrust and Te Waipuna Puawai -Sisters of Mercy, Auckland. New Zealand (NZ$ 10,000).

Research Summary:

The Tamaki Household Community Survey and Asset Mapping Project - Community Lottery Grant Research Fund. This project was completed at the end of 2012. It was a participatory community based research with the wider Tamaki community in Auckland. It offered an opportunity to build capacity in the community, increased community connectedness and facilitated greater understanding of agencies and assets within the Tamaki Communities. This research project had two strands, including the Tamaki Community Random Household Survey (sample size 600) and the Tamaki Assets Mapping Survey (sample size 100). The first strand aimed to update the first and only random household survey conducted by Ka Mau Te Wero Charitable Trust in 2004 and to respond to the expressed interest from the neighboring community of Panmure to be included in the next random household survey. This activity was vital to gather information and local evidence to help shape strategic planning and activities in wider urban Tamaki community in the next 5-10 years. The 2nd strand of this project aimed to better understand communities’ definitions and perceptions of their own strengths and assets, including personal, cultural and social values, in order to leverage these assets to community’s own benefits. Results of this study has been used as evidence to inform future social and community development in wider Tamaki community, especially to those in needs, including people living with disability, Polynesian ethnic minorities and indigenous Maori, refugees and young people.

Resilience and Disability Research. The RESILIENCE Project (Research into Social Inclusion, Locomotive Impairment and Empowerment through Networks, Collaboration and Education) was a multi-country, interdisciplinary and collaborative study focusing on living with acquired disability in Australia, Thailand, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, and Vietnam. It examined, in different social, economic, and cultural settings, the social impact of physical disability on social participation and resilience. In particular, it described and analysed: (1) cultural models and community understandings of and responses to disability; (2) patterns of care and social integration of people with disability; (3) the roles of social support, social network, and family care giving; (4) association between socioeconomic status, social integration and stigma for people with limited mobility; and (5) the personal, social, economic and gender factors that influence the adaption, social roles, and quality of life. This study contributed to public health policy debate on disablement and wellbeing, burden of disease and social support for people with disabilities. It will contribute to the WHO classification of disability, and efforts to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities. The study sample in each country included 210 adults making a total of 1100 samples across five countries.

Motherhood and Emotional Wellbeing of Women in Indonesia - Doctoral Research. Conducted doctoral fieldwork in Surabaya (the capital city of East Java) and Malang district January - December 2000. The study explored the life experiences of first-time mothers and examined the determinants of women’s emotional and psychological responses to early motherhood. It was an interview-based study with a longitudinal prospective with a nested case versus non-case study design. The sample included 488 primiparas from urban and rural areas in East Java. The data were both quantitative and qualitative, concerning the experiences of motherhood, maternal health, violence against women (VAW), reproductive rights, and the social and cultural impact of globalization, economic changes, poverty, and urbanization in the life of mothers in Indonesia. Results of the study are informative for health and social and development researchers, health professionals - including psychologists, psychiatrists and nurses in developing instruments to measure women’s wellbeing through protecting and promoting women’s reproductive rights and therefore to tailoring programs suitable for promoting women’s maternal health in related services. The study methodology in relation to interviewing Indonesian women about domestic and sexual violence in marriage has also been duplicated by other important studies and used by international donors such as GTZ and WHO.

Urban Poor Project – Surabaya. University of Surabaya, Indonesia. The project explored the social contexts and resources within a selected poor urban population in Surabaya, Indonesia. The main contribution of this project were the introduction of focus group discussions as a tool to understand problems faced by young people in poor urban areas, such as drugs, child pornography, adolescent prostitution and unsafe sex.

Neuropsychological assessments, at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. This research involved scheduling the neuropsychological assessments, accompanying patients participating in research outside their units, conducting a test on dexterousness/handedness, videotaping patients with minor involuntarily movement problems (Tardive Dyskinesia). Main contributions were to the understanding of the relationships between ‘handedness’ (which refers to how people use their left and right hands differently) and specific neurological disorders.  

Current Research Projects:

Intersection of gender based violence and ethnic identity: Journey to resilience amongst Chinese women and girls post May Tragedy 1998. Funded by PADET – Peace and Disarmmament Education Trust.


Peer reviewed journal articles

2014 (in press). ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO, Chirawatkul, S., Saito, E. Gender and Water in Northeast Thailand: inequalities and women’s social realities. Gender and Development Journal.

2011.  L.R. Bennett, ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO, S. Idrus, N.I. Domestic Violence in Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia: Married women's definitions and experiences of violence in the home. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 12(2) 1-18.

2008 ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO S. and L.R. Bennett. “Sexual violence against new mothers in Indonesia: Cultural context, disclosure and experience of unwanted sex in marriage,” Women Against Violence: An Australian Feminist Journal. Vol. 20: 23-32.

2007 ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO., Manderson, L., and Astbury, J. Complex Emotions, Complex Problems: Understanding The Experiences Of Perinatal Depression Among New Mothers In Urban Indonesia. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 31 (1):  101-122

2006  Manderson, L., Bennett, E., ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO, S. The Social Dynamics of the Interview: Age, Class, and Gender. Qualitative Health Research, 16 (10): 1317-1334.

2004. ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO, S., Manderson, L. Stillbirth, neonatal deaths and reproductive rights in Indonesia. Reproductive Health Matter, 12 (24): 181-188.

2004. ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO, S., Ball, K., Warren, N., Inglis, V., Crawford, D. Personal, social and environmental barriers to weight maintenance among young women: A community survey. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 1:15.

2003. Ball, K., ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO, S., Crawford, D. The costs of weight control: what do young women pay? Medical Journal of Australia, 179 (11/12), 586.

1998. Matsumoto, D., Takeuchi, S., ANDAJANI, S., Kouznetsova, N., & Krupp, D. The contribution of individualism-collectivism to cross-national differences in display rules. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 1, 147-165.

1990. ANDAJANI, S. Efektivitas teknik kontrol diri pada pengendalian kemarahan, Jurnal Psikologi, Juni, 20-28.


Non-refereed publications and technical consultancy reports

2007. Bennett, L.R. and S. ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO. Mapping human rights in maternal and neonatal health: A report on provincial laws, policies and plans, and primary data from 4 districts in NTB/NTT, Research report prepared for stakeholder consideration. Mataram: GTZ.

2012 Liew, T., Andajani, S. Esekielu, I. Mason, G. Technical Report on Tamaki Community Action Research Project, Lottery Community Sector Research Fund Committee. Wellington, New Zealand.

2012 Liew, T., Andajani, S. Technical Research Report on Feasibility Study of Point England Learning Village Initiative. Te Waipuna Puawai – Sisters of Mercy, Auckland, New Zealand.

2012 Billington, R., Andajani, S. Technical Research Report on Reference Criteria for WHOQOL BREF. Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Selected Seminar/Conference Papers (2000-2012)

2012. ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO. Intersection of sexual violence and ethnic identity: Journeys to resilience and reconnection among Indonesian Chinese women and girls Sexing Indonesia. International Conference on Sexing Indonesia: Sexuality, Politics and Diversity. Auckland University of Technology, Wellesley Campus, Auckland, New Zealand. 5-6 November.

2012. ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO, S. Researching Domestic Violence in Indonesia. Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Centre, AUT University, Auckland. New Zealand. 26 April.

2012. Liew & ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO. Putting theory into practice: Learning from the first year of the Tamaki community action research (CAR) project with an ethnically diverse Auckland suburb: In Sobrun-Maharaj, A., Parackal, S., Rossen, F., Nayar, S., Ho, E., Hand, J., Ratnasabapathy, Y., Newcombe, D., and Ameratunga, S. (Eds.) Social Environment, Migration and Health: Proceedings of the Fifth International Asian and Ethnic Minority Health and Wellbeing Conference, June 27-28. Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland.

2009. Bennett, L.R., Safika, I. & S. ANDAJANI. Women's Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in Eastern Indonesia: Deficiencies in information, power & policy, Paper presented at The 9th International Congress on HIV/AIDS in the Asia-Pacific, Nusa Dua, 9-13 August.

2003. ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO, S. Issues in women’s health. Invited speaker at the Forth Anniversary of the Dharma Wanita Persatuan (Indonesian Women Organization) of the Republic of Indonesia Counsulat General (KJRI), Melbourne, Australia (14 December). This presentation was reviewed on 19 December 2003 on the ThreeTripleZ Melbourne Ethnic Radio-Indonesia Program.

2003. Crawford, D., Ball, K., Warren, N., ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO, S. Feasibility and Barriers to Physical Activity among Young Women in Australia. Active Living-All Together Better, National Conference on Physical Activity. Perth, Western Australia, 12-14 November.

2002. ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO, S. The Ideology of Motherhood: Understanding Reproductive Rights Violations in Indonesia. Paper presented at the Performing Motherhood Conference: Ideology, Agency and Experience. La Trobe University, Melbourne (4-6 July).

2000. ANDAJANI-SUTJAHJO, S. Rights Violation and Isolation in Early Motherhood. Department of Psychology, University of Surabaya, Indonesia (25 October).

Recent seminars/workshops facilitated

2012. International Community Seminar on Women‟s Rights: How far have we come? The Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology. In collaboration with the AUT Pacific, Maire Leadbeater - Indonesian Human Rights Committee, Kalyanamitra Indonesian Women‟s Communication and Information Centre, Pathfinder International (USA, Australia New Zealand), TaupuaWaiora Centre for Maori Research, AUT Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Centre, Ka Mau Te Wero Community Action Research Project, Glen Innes. AUT Manukau Campus. New Zealand. 4 May.

2012. International Conference on Sexing Indonesia: Sexuality, Politics and Diversity. Auckland University of Technology, Wellesley Campus, Auckland. In collaboration with Assoc Prof Sharyn Graham-Davies, School of Social Sciences and Dr. Linda Bennett, The Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne. 5-6 November.


1998-2003 - AusAid-IDSS Scholarship Award ($AUD 160,000)
1994-1996 - The Delta Kappa Gamma Women’s Scholarship USA ($US 12,000)
1994-1996 - Fulbright Scholarship (($US 60,000)
1991-1992 – Camarillo State Hospital Internship Award ($US 20,000)

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