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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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Indonesia Votes 2019: Presidential debate season kicks off

Indonesia Votes 2019: Presidential debate season kicks off

January 18, 2019 By Kevin Evans

With exactly three months to go before polling day in Indonesia, the first of five debates between contending presidential teams took place on Thursday 17th January evening. The concept of candidate debates in Indonesia has been an evolving but growing part of the electoral process since early in the Reformasi era. Cynics have developed a […]

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Finding the cyber connection

Finding the cyber connection

January 8, 2019 By Helen Brown

In August 2018 an MOU was signed between Australia and Indonesia to work together on cyber-security. Such agreements are of course, not legally binding, and some question their relevance. But in cultures that highly value trust, an MOU provides the framework for relationship building. It is up to the two countries to work on that […]

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Booming Growth in South Sulawesi

Booming Growth in South Sulawesi

December 7, 2018 By Harold Mitchell

This week began with a fascinating visit to South Sulawesi and its principal city of Makassar with a population of 1.6 million. As part of Indonesia, South Sulawesi hardly comes on the radar of Australians and that’s a great mistake. Indonesia, which was a Dutch dependency until 1945, has recently had an incredible change in […]

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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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Bridging a looming digital divide with Indonesia

Bridging a looming digital divide with Indonesia

December 5, 2018 By Helen Brown

Indonesia is quickly becoming the most digitally connected nation in South East Asia. Will Australia’s tech entrepreneurs be a part of this remarkable transformation? On a recent trip to Jakarta I was shown by a friend an app on his smartphone which allowed someone to invest in the sale price of a goat or sheep […]

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Partnering for Prosperity in a World of Change

Partnering for Prosperity in a World of Change

November 22, 2018 By Andrew Parker

This is an excerpt from Andrew Parker’s keynote address at the Australia Indonesia Business Council Conference 2018 on the Gold Coast, 11 November 2018. The theme “Partnering for prosperity in a world of change” captures the opportunity – and the risks – for Australia and Indonesia. The task for each of us in this room […]

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Indonesia: Human Capital Development in the Digitalization Era

Indonesia: Human Capital Development in the Digitalization Era

November 20, 2018 By Sri Mulyani Indrawati

This is an excerpt from Sri Mulyani’s Public Lecture at Australian National University, Canberra, 5 November 2018. It was originally published on LinkedIn. Digitalization is a new driver to economic growth that can improve the efficiency and the business process productivity. Digital economy is actually has broad meaning. If we are referring to the Asian […]

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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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“If we don’t get cyber right, we won’t get digital right”: How Australian cyber security firms can be part of Indonesia’s digital economy growth

“If we don’t get cyber right, we won’t get digital right”: How Australian cyber security firms can be part of Indonesia’s digital economy growth

November 9, 2018 By Helen Brown

Indonesia’s economic growth, development challenges, and young population are driving the use of digital technology in a way that is very different to Australia, and in many ways is more disruptive. Regulations are still being formulated and young entrepreneurs are finding new ways to fill market gaps and solve problems. It takes some lateral thinking […]

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