Australia-Malaysia Institute

Public policy

2014

Sharing the benefits of design thinking for intercultural collaboration

Professor Neil Anderson, from James Cook University, travelled to Malaysia to collaborate with Malaysian counterparts on furthering recent initiatives to enhance the use of design thinking frameworks as a scaffold to develop skills in young people. The visit included the presentation of lectures and workshops and planning for further collaboration during which Malaysian and Australian undergraduate and graduate students can share ideas on their use of design thinking to enhance communication and collaboration between the two countries.

The project, which included the delivery of two lecture/workshop events at the University of Technology and the University of Malaysia, successfully attracted a high level of interest from university academic and management staff and students from a wide variety of discipline areas. Both events provided a catalyst for lengthy question and answer sessions, which demonstrated the intense interest in design thinking in Malaysia.

Professor Anderson also visited the Genovasi Institute, the only design thinking school in Malaysia, and discussed the opportunities for establishing links between JCU students and students studying at Genovasi.

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Professor Neil Anderson, from James Cook University, with Carol Wong at the Genovasi Institute.

UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Clinical Fellowship Programme: Hospital Infection Control

Close Australia-Malaysia collaboration for improving health-care systems was enhanced when three nursing leaders from Malaysia trained at the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), Adelaide, South Australia. With the support of the Australia-Malaysia Institute, the nursing leaders attended two five-day Intensive Clinical Fellowship Training sessions at the Joanna Briggs Institute, Australia.

They learnt new clinical auditing, evidence transfer and changed management skills which can be used to develop an evidence-based culture at the University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Insertion and management of peripheral intravenous cannula, which is one of the common areas of hospital infection, was chosen as the focus for the best practice implementation project.

JBI Practical Application of Clinical Evidence System (PACES) and Getting Research Into Practice (GRIP) online programmes were utilized with the supervision of JBI staff.

Continuous online and email discussions were undertaken to maintain support during the project. An abstract of the final report of the project was presented at the '9th Biennial Joanna Briggs International Colloquium' in Singapore and the 'First MINSIG congress: best practices in infusion management' in conjunction with International Global IV day at 23rd-24th January 2015, in Kuala Lumpur.

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Dr Nyo Nyo Wint and colleagues celebrate the completion of the final week of residency in Adelaide as part of their Clinical Fellowship Program.

The project resulted in development of strategies to promote evidence utilisation in Malaysia Nursing through the growth of understandings related to clinical leadership and change management in health care system between the two countries.

It also resulted in enhanced collaboration and the development of continuing links between the Joanna Briggs institute, UCSI University, UKMMC and Malaysia Nurses Association. The three clinical leaders also become the alumni of JBI clinical fellows and members of the JBI evidence utilization network.

2013

Melioidosis in Malaysian Borneo: Neglected No More

Melioidosis is a common emerging public health issue in northern Australia and South East Asia, including East Malaysia. With AMI support, sixty infectious diseases physicians, nurses, public health physicians, public health officers, veterinarians and laboratory scientists from a diverse range of hospitals and public health authorities, participated in a 3-day workshop sharing knowledge and expertise in clinical, veterinary and environmental aspects of melioidosis.

The workshop was part of ongoing collaboration between the Menzies School of Health Research and the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). This project further strengthened the relationship and expanded the scope of the research to involve more study sites and more projects. Two additional institutions from West Malaysia (Kedah and Pahang) also agreed to collaborate in the research.  

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Workshop at Miri hospital
Neglect No More AMI group photo

Building bilateral relationships on benefits of ICT systems for remote communities

Ensuring that regional and remote communities, especially those of low socio-economic status, optimise the benefits of Information Communications Technology (ICT) to improve their viability and prosperity is an issue of concern in Australia and Malaysia.

This project, by the Australian Centre for Asian Business (at the University of South Australia), in association with Malaysian partners, focused on sharing knowledge and experience to develop strategies which best increase opportunities for business innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise development in particular through the optimal use of a community's ICT. The project provided a platform for longer-term bilateral collaboration, with communities in South Australia identified for further study of how Australian and Malaysian approaches may complement each other.

2010-2011

Cooperative Management of Langkawi Geopark

The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is located in the eastern part of the Langkawi Island and is renowned for its vertical limestone hills and unique ecosystem. In 2007 the three river basins of Kilim were give a World Geopark status by UNESCO.

In 2011 the AMI funded Charles Darwin University to work with the Langkawi Development Authority, the Forestry Department and community residents to develop mechanisms to conserve and manage Langkawi's natural resources in the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.

A series of workshops were held to identify shared values, responsibilities, aspirations and recommendations for cooperative management among the stakeholders. The workshops drew on Australia's lessons and experience in applying the concepts and principals of 'cooperative management' for protected areas which offer potential for improving management of Langkawi conservation areas.

The project provided opportunities for community leaders and government agencies to work closely together in the management of Kilim, developing a framework of community engagement in sustainable tourism.

Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Langkawi
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Langkawi (Photo courtesy of Dr Natasha Stacey, Charles Darwin University)