SHE overcame stage-four breast cancer.
But had she not been able to access treatment in Melbourne, Professor Virginia Tilley may well have lost that battle.
Prof Tilley is the director of the governance program at USP and she voiced her concerns at the gap in the standard of treatment in Australia and Fiji.
She said it had been a shock when she was diagnosed with stage-one breast cancer last year.
"My GP recommended going overseas because the equipment to do the scans was better, and that ended up saving me because otherwise we wouldn't have known that the cancer had spread to my leg," she said, on the discovery that the cancer was in fact stage-four, the final stage.
She said a key aspect of the treatment in Australia was the support network, which she claimed was relatively non-existent in Fiji.
"They have breast nurses. There are certain things that you need to talk to a woman about and to have an understanding woman, that's absolutely crucial," she said.
She added there were drugs in Australia that saved her life, which were not present in Fiji.
"I came back to Fiji quite upset that I could go to Australia and get that care while there were women in Fiji who could not."
She has since turned into a campaigner to get these "wonderful new" therapies into Fiji, and commended the team at CWM Hospital for their efforts.
Prof Tilley added that Australians tend to have more faith in the medical system.
"In Fiji, it is a bit like 'you're going to hospital, you're going to die' mentality."
She is still battling the aftermath of her illness, but is optimistic that new treatments will see her overcome it.
She praised The Fiji Times' effort on raising awareness on breast cancer, but said that more awareness in the country was vital.
Prof Tilley has delivered a presentation on breast cancer at USP.
She said she was more than willing to speak to groups to raise awareness on the matter.