HIV/AIDS and development in the Pacific

January 1, 2007

Background to the Abstract

Papua New Guinea is facing a rapidly expanding public health crisis that challenges not only politicians but also business, religious, medical, media, legal and civil leaders to find an appropriate response. The other 21 countries and territories in the South Pacific are not immune from what is happening in Papua New Guinea. While the number of HIV infections may seem low, annual infection rates are on the rise.

About the Author

Dr Trevor Cullen is a professor in journalism in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. He has received several university and national teaching and research awards. His research areas include journalism education, health reporting and media coverage of infectious diseases, especially HIV. Dr Cullen is on the editorial board of Pacific Journalism Review.

Recommended Citation

Cullen, T. (2007). HIV/AIDS and development in the Pacific. Retrieved from

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