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My career started as a Registered Nurse in Brisbane, Australia. After three years spent working in a plastic surgery and maxillo-facial unit, and a year in the IV Service, I specialised in emergency care. After a total of five years working in emergency departments around the Brisbane metropolitan area, I was appointed to serve as the clinical risk management coordinator for the Mater Health Services where I was responsible for implementing clinical risk management strategies for seven public and private hospitals.

In September 2003 I relocated to Aberystwyth, Wales, to commence doctoral studies in the Department of International Politics. In 2007, I returned to Australia to work as a political adviser to Senator Dr Russell Trood while completing my PhD. In 2008, I was seconded to the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet where I was part of a small team responsible for revising, testing and updating Australia's pandemic influenza preparedness plans.

My academic career commenced in 2009 when I joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to work on a €2.5 million project funded by the European Research Council examining how different ideas, values and belief structures shape global health policy. I joined The University of Sydney in November 2011.

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