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AIC Health Cluster

  • Background and Aims

    The Australia-Indonesia Centre Health Cluster was established in late 2016 and has been extended to the end of 2018. It forms one of five research themes and clusters of the Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC), which was established to build stronger relationships between Australia and Indonesia through research-driven innovation.

    The AIC Health Cluster is led by Professor Susan Sawyer at the University of Melbourne, with co-leads Professor Kirsty Foster from the University of Sydney, Professor Budi Wiweko from Universitas Indonesia and Dr Achmad Romdhoni from Universitas Airlangga. The Health Cluster aims to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through innovative approaches addressing primary prevention of NCD risks in children and adolescents, by focussing on the key goals of:

    • Increasing understanding of the importance of reducing NCD risk factors in the early years in both Australia and Indonesia.
    • Influencing policy and practice in effective primary prevention of NCDs in Indonesia and Australia.

    The Health Cluster has four key streams of research activity, ranging from secondary data analysis to inform monitoring frameworks of NCDs in Australia and Indonesia, to studies measuring the impact of infant formula and cigarette advertising as well as the role of parents in understanding NCD risk behaviours of adolescents. These studies are complemented by educational and capacity building initiatives with medical professionals, parents and youth-led tobacco control in schools.


    The AIC is a collaboration between Monash University, the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University and the University of Sydney working with seven leading Indonesian universities.


    The AIC is supported through Australian federal funding from the Department of Education and Training and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with the support from the Indonesian Ministry for Research, Technology and Higher Education.

    Key Papers

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    Digital media

    Further information on can be found on the AIC Health Cluster website and the AIC website.

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    Professor Susan Sawyer