The year is 1981. Please imagine a young woman, 17 years old, who has just finished her 7th form year at Kelston Girls High School. (That’s Year 13 for all the young people here today). She has a big decision ahead of her, does she go out and find a job or go to university? The subjects she enjoyed most were chemistry, biology and physics –so clearly she’s interested in pursuing something in the field of science. She’s persuaded to apply to become a laboratory technologist by her favourite uncle who’s working at Auckland Hospital at the time–in charge of the Microbiology Department there. His name was Graham Cameron and he seemed to genuinely love his job–so she decides to apply.