People and research for better health across the Timor Sea

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 […]

Health promotion: young people are here and ready to engage

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 […]

“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

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’, […]

Roundtable feeds building momentum for better mental health and wellbeing in Indonesia

With global attention on mental health in October, a diverse group of individuals all focused on improving the mental health of Indonesia’s young people came together in Jakarta recently, and exciting opportunities for stronger advocacy emerged. A roundtable around mental health data needs for Indonesian adolescents was hosted by the Health Cluster of the Australia-Indonesia Centre […]

Building the Golden Generation: Health forum consolidates cross-sector innovation towards critical investment in health and education

The ‘Youth are our Future’ forum in Jakarta yielded new and strengthened links between researchers and NGOs and government agencies, particularly across health and education, whose partnership is vital for translating research into policy. This diverse group shared their commitments and vision for reducing the current and future burden from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). A key […]

Keeping Cigarettes out of Small Hands / Menjauhkan Rokok dari Tangan-Tangan Kecil

English A collaboration of researchers from The University of Sydney, Universitas Udayana in Bali and Universitas Airlangga in Banyuwangi, funded by The Australia-Indonesia Centre Health Cluster, mapped cigarette retailers and conducted an audit of their tobacco advertising and promotion right across Denpasar, Bali, between October 2017 and March 2018. On 26 April 2018 they shared […]