Watch or listen: How Indonesia and Australia are flattening the COVID-19 curve

As Australia declares some success in flattening the curve, and the impact of recent restrictions on movement and other measures remains to be seen clearly in Indonesia, our expert panel examined and compared the public health response in each country, considering the best way forward.


During our second In Conversation Webinar on “How Indonesia and Australia are flattening the COVID-19 curve” on Wednesday 29 April, the panel of experts explained and discussed the public health response so far to COVID-19 in both Indonesia and Australia and the main areas where Australia could assist its neighbour – in particular, through supporting properly administered, widespread testing by fully protected health workers.

The discussion also looked questions including:

  • Flattening the curve – what does the curve look like in each country, in relation to the health capacity line?
  • What strategies have been adopted so far, in terms of, for example, laws, mass testing, hospital preparation, large scale social distancing (or PSBB), etc.?
  • Have preventative measures been effective? What could make them so?
  • What are the key challenges ahead for each country, and how will they overcome these and implement effective, well understood and supported programs? How can they work together?

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The Australia-Indonesia Centre would once again like to thank our wonderful panelists:

  • Dr Sudirman Nasir: A Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Hasanuddin with a masters degree and PhD from Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. His research focus is on various issues related to drug use and HIV/AIDS in Indonesia.
  • Dr Yulia Sofiatin: A lecturer in the Department of Public Health’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division at Universitas Padjadjaran. She focuses on community-based non-communicable disease prevention.
  • Professor Charles Gilks: The Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland and an international public health specialist. He has worked on global public health, HIV/AIDS, sexual health and health systems strengthening initiatives across a 30 year career.
  • Helen Brown (moderator): Head of Communications & Outreach at The Australia-Indonesia Centre. She is a former journalist and ABC Indonesia correspondent.
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