2021 Stories

Family support key to Lata’s career progression
Ashish Lata has been a firm believer in hard work and perseverance. She is an ambitious woman and meticulously juggles her work and personal life to attain her goals. Regardless of the many obstacles, Lata has learnt that having patience and continuous education are key components of career progression. The soft-spoken Lata is currently the Manager of Compensation and Benefits at the Fiji National University’s (FNU) Division of Human Resources. “It took a lot of hard work and dedicatio...Read More
Nurses have a duty to help the sick and needy – Rawaikela
Healthcare workers around the world are on the frontlines and leading the charge to fight the COVID-19 pandemic through the selfless care for patients despite placing themselves at risk daily. While all healthcare workers play a central and critical role in improving access and quality health care for the population, nurses are the heart of health care. Registered Nurse (RN) Akosita Rawaikela believes that the nursing profession is unique as it requires a high degree of kindness, compassion, ...Read More
Dr Murthy shares his teaching & learning journey
Learning, travelling and teaching has been a passion for Dr Shashidhar Venkatesh Murthy. His quest has taken him on a journey from his homeland India, to Saudi Arabia, Fiji and now to Australia. Between 2000 and 2005, Dr Murthy was a familiar face at the Fiji School of Medicine (FSM) which is now under the Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS). During this period he served as the Associate Professor and Head of Pathology. While employed...Read More
Rasalasea graduates from FNU for a second time after upgrading his teaching qualification
Walking into a lecture room over a decade after his first graduation, Fiji National University alumnus, Seremaia Rasalasea, a teacher by profession was surprisingly nervous. He had enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) programme at the FNU’s College of Humanities and Education (CHE) in 2017 as an in-service student. “I have been teaching for the last 16 years so I have spent most of my time in a classroom but I was still nervous. This time I would be on the other side of the tab...Read More
Former Nurse becomes an Educator
Sereana Lalabalavu is a firm believer that nurses are the heart of healthcare. It is for this reason, Lalabalavu was drawn to the profession and decided at a very young age that she would pursue a career in healthcare. She not only fulfilled that dream but has managed to impart the skills and knowledge to other young people studying and training to become nurses. Lalabalavu is currently a Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Fiji. She was born and raised in Rakiraki. After completing p...Read More