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A Cluster in action: people and research for better health across the Timor Sea

A Cluster in action: people and research for better health across the Timor Sea

February 12, 2019 By Christianne O’Donnell

Research is often thought of as happening in abstract, remotely in a lab or at desk overwhelmed with journal articles and books. Rather, like ocean navigators of old, our health research community chartered little known territory for the research and ideas they carried with them, connecting across the Timor Sea to explore and drive change […]

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Health promotion: young people are here and ready to engage

Health promotion: young people are here and ready to engage

January 21, 2019 By Nada Alichiah Hasan-Viljakainen

Nada Alichiah Hasan-Viljakainen is a young Indonesian woman and an advocate for healthier living. She was a youth representative at the AIC’s ‘Youth are our Future’ forum in Jakarta in September 2018. As a young adult, I am passionate about better health and wellbeing for myself, my generation and today’s children. I am concerned about how […]

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Losing a loved one from heart attack – how early life prevention can save lives

Losing a loved one from heart attack – how early life prevention can save lives

December 6, 2018 By Febi Trihermato

Recently my eyes were opened about how to implement a healthy lifestyle in our society, and how important it is for disease prevention. This affects me as some of my family members suffer from NCDs. With a background in business and finance, I recently attended the AIC Health Cluster forum under the theme ‘Early-life non-communicable […]

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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 By Dr Nova Riyanti Yusuf

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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