Inaugural Hadi Soesastro Prize awarded
Two Australia Awards Scholarship recipients from Indonesia were presented with the inaugural Hadi Soesastro Prize on 24 February by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, at Parliament House in Canberra.
Diana Setiyawati and Bimo Wijaynto were awarded the prize—a supplementary award offered to only two Australia Awards scholars annually—which will supplement their academic programs. 
The prize honours the memory of eminent Indonesian economist the late Professor Hadi Soesastro, who died in 2010, and was one of Indonesia’s foremost public intellectuals.  Professor Soesastro was also an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University, where he received an honorary doctorate in 2009. Until his death in May 2010, Professor Soesastro maintained close personal and intellectual ties with Australia.
The prize offers study assistance of up to $25,000 for a male and female Australia Awards Scholarship recipient from Indonesian who is undertaking high level research and skill development at an Australian University. 
PHD candidate Diana Setiyawati was recognised for her work on Developing Recommendations for training curriculum for Psychologists Working in Primary Health Care in Indonesia. Diana’s work will have a positive impact on the development of mental health services in primary health care settings. Her 11 recommendations have already been endorsed by key stakeholders in Indonesia.
Due to the imminent birth of her child, Diana was unable to attend the ceremony but her PHD supervisor Associate Professor Harry Minas from the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health accepted the prize on her behalf and gave her speech. 
“I would like to think that Professor Hadi Soesastro would have agreed that promoting good population mental health is both good development practice and good economics,” Diana wrote.
Bimo Wijaynto’s doctorate on Indonesian Personal Income Tax Microsimulation: Tax Base Construction, Revenue, Distribution and Compliance Analysis (Case Study of Income Tax Reform 2008) was awarded for its role in shaping Indonesian tax reform through his impact simulations.
“This is a very big surprise for me, and thanks to this I can complete my impact simulations and modelling. I’d like to think the Australian Government for both this prize and the support given to me for my Master’s degree though the Australia Awards,” Bimo said.
Australia Awards are building an engaged and influential global network of leaders, advocates and change-makers who contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries. The Awards also develop people-to-people links at the individual, business and government level between Australia and its regional neighbours.
Australia invests in two complementary scholarship schemes to support the significant education cooperation and people-to-people links between Australia and Indonesia: the Australia Awards and the New Colombo Plan.
Last updated: March 27, 2014