She commenced her nursing training in 1979 at Bethesda Hospital, Richmond, Melbourne but had to finish at Warrnambool Hospital following the closure of the nursing school.

She then worked as a Registered Nurse at Frankston Hospital, mainly in theatre until 1984.

She also worked in Camperdown and Terang Hospitals (1985-88); St John of God, Ballarat (1989); Murray Bridge and Tailem Bend Hospitals (1992-93); Mt Alvernia, Bendigo Base, Castlemaine and Rochester Hospitals (1993-96) before retiring for good.