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“Little did I know initiating the bill was only 5% of the process”: Waiting in vain for follow-up on Indonesia’s Mental Health Law

“Little did I know initiating the bill was only 5% of the process”: Waiting in vain for follow-up on Indonesia’s Mental Health Law

November 14, 2018

Dr Nova Riyanti Yusuf is a Member of Parliament (2009-2014, 2018-2019), a psychiatrist, and the head of the Jakarta Psychiatric Association. She recently attended AIC Health’s mental health roundtable in Jakarta, and kindly agreed to reflect on her experiences as a lawmaker and mental health advocate. I didn’t expect to be left ‘waiting in vain’, […]

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Embracing compassion and spreading awareness to prevent suicide in Indonesia

Embracing compassion and spreading awareness to prevent suicide in Indonesia

September 10, 2018 By Dicky Sugianto

In 2016 the Indonesian Ministry of Health conducted a survey to understand citizens’ lived experiences in relation to mental health and wellbeing. They found that 16 million Indonesians aged 15 or older showed symptoms of depression and anxiety. This means that 1 out of every 19 Indonesians we each know is struggling with depression and […]

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Australian universities to benefit in Australia-Indonesia free trade deal

Australian universities to benefit in Australia-Indonesia free trade deal

September 5, 2018 By Avery Poole

On August 31, Prime Minister Scott Morrison secured an end to negotiations on a new free trade agreement with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, opening a path for Australian universities to build new campuses in Indonesia. Negotiations began in 2012, but have recently ramped up. President Widodo and Prime Minister Morrison signed a memorandum of understanding […]

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Highlights: Human Capital Development – Focus of 2019 Budget & President Jokowi’s Independence Day Eve Speech

Highlights: Human Capital Development – Focus of 2019 Budget & President Jokowi’s Independence Day Eve Speech

August 20, 2018 By Ghian Tjandaputra

On the eve of Independence Day celebration, President Joko Widodo delivered the annual “State of the Nation” speech to outline the government’s achievements in the preceding year and its priorities for the following year, as reflected in the draft Budget (RAPBN). In late 2017, the President announced that the Government would shift its focus to […]

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Tobacco company in Indonesia skirts regulation, uses music concerts and social media for marketing

Tobacco company in Indonesia skirts regulation, uses music concerts and social media for marketing

August 6, 2018 By Putu Ayu Swandewi Astuti & Becky Freeman

PT HM Sampoerna/Philip Morris International uses creativity and empowerment messages through social media to market their cigarettes to a younger audience. www.shutterstock.com Putu Ayu Swandewi Astuti, University of Sydney dan Becky Freeman, University of Sydney In the era of selfies, “likes,” and #hashtags, the tobacco industry has adapted its marketing strategies and embraced social media […]

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How Australia can meet Indonesia’s demand for high quality skills training

How Australia can meet Indonesia’s demand for high quality skills training

August 1, 2018 By Nigel Carpenter

President Widodo has elevated infrastructure investment to the top priority and has an enormous investment agenda. In this case it appears likely that a major constraint will be skills. Already, key projects are heavily staffed by foreigners – a practice that Indonesia simply can’t sustain. Indonesia is a fiercely independent country with an economy that […]

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Seaweed, Indonesia’s answer to the global plastic crisis

Seaweed, Indonesia’s answer to the global plastic crisis

July 27, 2018 By Bakti Berlyanto Sedayu

The most dangerous element from discarded plastic waste is microplastics. www.shutterstock.com The impacts of global plastic use have reached an alarming level. Based on the latest data, 9 billion tonnes of plastics have been produced since the 1950s, creating 7 billion tonnes of waste. Plastic waste not only damages the environment and threaten animal life but […]

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History is Important: the Sea-cucumber Industry Between Makassar and Northern Australia

History is Important: the Sea-cucumber Industry Between Makassar and Northern Australia

July 25, 2018 By Richard Mathews

On the front page of the local newspaper, Tribun Timur I read a headline, “Diplomasi Teripang Indonesia-Australia” (Indonesia-Australia Sea-cucumber Diplomacy), heading a long article about our event the previous day: the launch of the Indonesian translation of Professor Campbell Macknight’s book, The Voyage to Marege’. This, classic academic work was originally published in 1976 by Melbourne University Press. It […]

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Now or later: when should children learn English?

Now or later: when should children learn English?

July 20, 2018 By Novi Rahayu Restuningrum

It is important to encourage children to learn English as long as they already master their mother tongue. (Credit: www.shutterstock.com) The use of English in everyday life is on the rise in Indonesia. We can hear people speak English in offices, banks, schools, tourist destinations and various public spaces. Some people even do it with a […]

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An innovation in foreign language learning with online systems

An innovation in foreign language learning with online systems

July 16, 2018 By Anissa Latumahina

Do you remember that time when you’re still in school with blackboards, tables, and chairs, and teachers in the classroom? Now, students can easily learn from anywhere and anytime, including in this case, learn foreign languages online. Starting from personal experience, in 2009, Tomy Yunus and Yohan Limerta went to Beijing to learn Mandarin. At […]

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