- Written by Hamish Graham
Have you ever wondered what it would be like at the frontline of a brand new epidemic? Read Hamish Graham's review of Abraham Verghese's My Own Country, then browse more Books and Films.
Since its emergence in the 1980s, HIV/AIDS has changed the course of human history. From the strange array of medical manifestations to images of the Grim Reaper and the defiant protest movement – HIV/AIDS challenged every part of the medical, social and political establishment.
Abraham Verghese’s autobiographical book My Own Country describes what it was like being a rural physician on the frontline of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As a young Indian doctor, Verghese migrated to the US in the early 1980s, settling in a quiet country town nestled in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. With training in infectious diseases Verghese was the go-to person when HIV/AIDS made its dramatic entrance to this quiet, conservative town just a few years later.
- Written by Giulia Fabris
Jessie Pullar is sharing her passion for nutrition to support Fijian dieticians develop knowledge for a healthy future.
GHG: Tell us about yourself.
Growing up I was never really sure what I wanted to be and in my final year of high school my careers advisor didn’t have much advice beyond hair dressing, laboring and teaching. Originally I set off to university to become an early childhood teacher. By the end of the first semester I made an instant switch to study nutrition and psychology. With a notorious sweet tooth, a career history at McDonalds and not the most studious of personalities my parents thought I’d had a head transplant – but I absolutely loved it!!
The science of nutrition and human behavior had me hooked and I threw myself in to it, eventually graduating as a dietitian. From my first day in dietetics I knew that my passion lay in nutrition communications. Knowing there weren’t many jobs in this field in New Zealand I made a quick move to Perth Australia were I landed my first role with the Heart Foundation running lifestyle programs.