#432 Close To Home


A former nurse, who witnessed discrimination against HIV patients she treated, contracts the disease and begins experiencing discrimination herself. And a science journalist becomes the subject of her own bushfire reporting.

In this episode, boundaries between the professional and personal realm are completely dissolved.

‘Role Reversal’ by Thomas Phillips

Jan Waddell, a former nurse, contracted HIV through a needle stick injury in 2002. She had been treating HIV patients since the early ‘80s and had always been troubled by the amount of stigma they faced. When she began experiencing discrimination herself, she became an HIV educator and vocal anti-stigma advocate.

Jan Waddell, advocate and HIV educator

Producer: Thomas Phillips

Supervising producer: Lee Robinson

Music: ‘MDP 5’ by Skee Mask, ‘Never Rhythm Game’ by Nathan Micay, ‘Made of Air’ by Grouper, ‘Gra-Hovedvei’ by Blue Dot Sessions.

‘Our Backyard is on Fire’ by Ivy Shih

Science journalist Bianca Nogrady is no stranger to bushfires. But one year Bianca’s professional and personal life suddenly collided – when a bushfire arrived on her doorstep.

Science journalist Bianca Nogrady at her home in the aftermath of the 2019 bushfires

Producer: Ivy Shih

Supervising producer: Sarah Mashman

Bianca recommends the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, which has excellent mental health advice and resources for journalists on how to report on difficult topics, including natural disasters.

Visit: https://dartcenter.org/

Music: ‘Semilanceata’ by Dr. Doctor , ‘Liquor Files-Pastel’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘1’ by Johnny Haway, ‘Aveu’ by Kai Engel, ‘Headwaters (Instrumental)’ by Chad Crouch, ‘Angle of light’ by David Hilowitz.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Ryan Pemberton

Victorian State Coordinator: Mell Chun

Host: Maddy Macquine

Episode mix and compile: Julian Wan

Community Coordinators: Chloe Gillespie and Danni Stewart

SYN Community Coordinator: Lee Robinson

Social Media Producers: Matilda Fay and Angela Moran

Photo: Tatters via Flickr