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Australia-Indonesia Institute Annual Report 2000-2001

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COMMERCIAL AND THE PROFESSIONS PROGRAM

The Institute aims to promote professional networking and institutional links and to demonstrate the high quality and diversity of Australian products and services in specified fields.

Conservation of the Sumateran Carcass Flower

Institute support for the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Sydney, has contributed to a successful collaboration between RBG and the Bogor Botanical Gardens in West Java on a project to develop new techniques for the propagation of Indonesia’s most famous plant, the Sumateran Carcass Flower — so called because of its offensive smell when in flower.

Currently, the plant species is under threat for a number of reasons, including over-collection and habitat degradation. The RBG project offers the opportunity to replenish Sumateran Carcass Flower stocks, thereby reducing the effects of overcollection, and to increase public awareness about the need for sustainable management of the species.

The project has gained a high profile in Indonesia with Indonesia’s President, Megawati Sukarnoputri, among those who have taken an interest in it.

Large flower in botanical setting
The Sumateran Carcass Flower


Health professionals exchange

The AII sponsored the first year of a planned three-year exchange program between health professionals from Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Brisbane, Dr Kariadi Hospital, Semarang (Indonesia’s largest government hospital in Central Java) and the Health Department of Central Java. The project represents a strategic consolidation of several smaller-scale exchanges between the Mater and Dr Kariadi hospitals and aims to provide comprehensive training for health professionals in Indonesia.

The first year of exchange funded by the AII focused on mothers and babies. This followed a needs analysis in both Australia and Indonesia. Implementation was achieved through a series of reciprocal professional exchanges in 2000–2001. Australian experts in the fields of dietary management, intensive care nursing, midwifery, food services, infection control and obstetrics visited Semarang in July 2000, October 2000 and February 2001. In addition to their involvement with the Dr Kariadi Hospital, many Australian participants also delivered lectures at the Medical School of the Diponegoro University in Semarang. During the period October–November 2000 Indonesian specialists in paediatrics, midwifery, obstetrics, neonatal nursing and dietary management travelled to Brisbane to attend the Mater Hospital. Further exchanges are scheduled for 2001–2002.

In the short term, the project has achieved a range of impressive outcomes. Mater Hospital personnel have gained awareness of, and greater sensitivity to, the requirements of patients from different religious groups, particularly Islam, have acquired skills in the treatment of tropical diseases and have developed more energy-efficient practices. At Dr Kariadi Hospital ‘rooming in’ for mothers and babies is now standard practice in many wards, infection control regimes have been modified, the use of nursing resources improved and kitchen and food handling procedures overhauled. In the longer term, the project is expected to build sustainable linkages between Australian and Indonesian health professionals and provide opportunities for cross-cultural and comparative research projects.

Professional society links

In 1999–2000, the AII provided a grant to the CSIRO for a program to enhance linkages between Australian and Indonesian professional organisations. A Jakarta-based CSIRO official and the General Secretary of the Australian Alumni Association of Indonesia (IKAMA) were charged with organising the project, which involved extensive discussions with peak professional organisations in both Australia and Indonesia. During 2000–2001, representatives from three Indonesian professional organisations visited Australia to meet counterpart organisations and to undertake wider programs.

The Executive Secretary and Head of International Cooperation of the Indonesian Biotechnology Consortium (KBI) and the Secretary of KBI visited Australia in November 2000. The KBI representatives held discussions in Melbourne with the Australian Biotechnology Association and made several other calls on CSIRO facilities and organisations with an interest in biotechnology and Victorian Government’s Department of State and Regional Development. In Sydney they visited the CSIRO Molecular Science Division and met representatives from a number of Australian companies involved in the biotechnology industry.

In December 2000, Dr Mirzan T. Razzak, Secretary General of Himpunan Kimia Indonesia (HKI), the Indonesian counterpart of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), visited Australia. Dr Razzak’s program included calls on the RACI Chief Executive Officer and National Secretariat, CSIRO and Monash University.

Completing the project, representatives from the Institution of Engineers Indonesia (PII) met counterparts from the Institution of Engineers Australia in Canberra in February 2001.

Key outcomes achieved during the visits included commitments to closer cooperation between organisations, exchanges of views on management and membership issues and on intra- and inter-organisation communications.

Visit by Dr Angitto Ambimanyu

In July 2000, the Institute sponsored a visit to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth by Dr Angitto Ambimanyu, an advisor to the Indonesian President and a member of the National Economic Council. Dr Angitto had a series of meetings with government policy-makers, members of the business community and academics to discuss the impact of decentralisation on doing business in Australia, as well as to research the Australian model of fiscal decentralisation and Commonwealth–State relations.

Annual Report 2000–2001 home | Mission statement | Chairman’s statement | Board membership | Media | Youth and education | Arts and sport | Civil society | Commercial and the professions | Administrative overview | Appendix A: Financial statements | Appendix B: Order-in-Council