Helping Aussies hear; superbug genomes; ports that work; saving children’s lives; water smart cities; and more

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From today:

Ports that work; saving children’s lives; water smart cities; and more. How Australia and Indonesia are working together to help both countries – Research Summit in Surabaya Indonesia. Contact me on my mobile, it’s working in Indonesia – +61 417 131 977.

It’s Hearing Awareness Week – hearing aid pioneer and ATSE Clunies Ross Award winner Elaine Saunders is available to talk about causes of deafness, signs of hearing loss, and what people can do about it. For interviews, contact Amanda Quirk from Blamey Saunders hears on or 0417 837 083.

More on these below.

And later this week in Brisbane:

  • New drug to fight fatal but neglected tropical disease.
  • Superbug’s complete genome mapped in bid to fight antibiotic resistance.

For details on these contact Jenni Metcalfe on or 0408 551 866.

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Ports that work; saving children’s lives; water smart cities; and more

Today: Breeding mosquitoes; turning Aussie wheat into Indonesian exports; connecting land and sea; the first 1,000 days of life

These are some of the challenges being tackled by researchers from 11 Indonesian and Australian universities meeting today in Surabaya for the 3rd Indonesia-Australia Research Summit.

Today they’re discussing:

  • What happens when islands and remote communities get electricity? How does 24/7 power change families, businesses, and hierarchies?
  • Families hatching and releasing mosquitoes to fight dengue
  • Joint competitive advantage – working together to build our economies
    • Australian wheat becomes Indonesian noodles for global export
    • Australian cotton and rayon transform into Indonesian fashion exports
  • How higher education in Indonesia and Australia can drive national innovation goals
  • Building sustainable and resilient port cities
    • Improving the health of trains and tracks – for port and transport efficiency and safety
    • Creating the infrastructure for electric cars
    • Connecting land and sea in island nations
  • Bringing primary care to communities
    • Finding out who is dying and why – a national register
    • Student experiences in saving mums’ lives
    • Local nutrition resources to fight the obesity epidemic
    • Investing in the first 1,000 days of life in indigenous communities
    • A healthy start to life – the national approach
  • Urban water
    • Water sensitive cities – how to get there in Bogor and Jakarta
    • Eco-technologies for urban rivers
    • Urban flood modelling
  • Energy
    • Remote electrification – stories from the solar frontline
    • Creating a sustainable energy market for millions of Indonesians.

The Summit is at Kampus C, Universitas Airlangga.

All sessions are open to the media and the speakers are available for interview.

More information at

For interviews in English, contact Andrew Tijs on +61 405 278 298 or

Listen closely (if you can) – it’s Hearing Awareness Week

One in every six Australians is hearing impaired. Thousands are undiagnosed or don’t realise the options available that could improve their quality of life.

Without a hearing aid they’re at risk of losing their friends, their partner, their job, and their sanity. But price, stigma, and the loss of control when we see an audiologist are among the factors that stop most people from acting.

ASTE Clunies Ross Award winner Dr Elaine Saunders has changed that for tens of thousands of Australians, and has made premium hearing aids more affordable and easier to use.

Now she’s:

  • making the hearing aid available for purchase from chemists, with a trial now on at the Ulladulla branch of Capital Chemist, with another location in Canberra
  • developing a modular hearing aid – where there’s no fiddly battery
  • planning to manufacture the new hearing aids in Melbourne with Extel Technologies.

“Most hearing aids in Australia are made by global companies who make hearing aids that appeal to audiologists. We make hearing aids for people. If the industry took our approach, Australia could cut the cost of hearing healthcare by approximately 70 per cent,” says Elaine.

“What we’ve done for hearing is possible in many other health fields,” she says. “Clinicians need to realise that the world has changed. People want to own their hearing, their treatment, their health record.”

Elaine is great media talent and can talk about causes of deafness, signs of hearing loss, and what people can do about it –

For more, contact Amanda Quirk from Blamey Saunders hears on or 0417 837 083.

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