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My career started as a Registered Nurse in Brisbane, Australia. After three years 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. In November 2011 I relocated to the University of Sydney where I was employed in the Centre for International Security Studies for 9.5 years. Since leaving the university I have served as an adviser to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the World Bank on pandemic preparedness. In September 2021, I join the European University Institute's School of Transnational Governance as a professor and chair.

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