It was probably the years I spent in hospital as a teenager with anorexia nervosa, that first made me interested in the health system and in mental health particularly.

I went on to become a pharmacist and owned and operated my own pharmacies for many years before going into politics. I gave myself the health portfolio as Chief Minister and I did that because I really wanted to change the way health was seen
to be focusing on prevention and early intervention rather than the more traditional hospital based care.

Since resigning from politics I've run a number of organisations including the Australian General Practice Network and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Through all of those guises mental health has been really important to me so being on the beyondblue Board is something that I cherish. In fact I spent two years as CEO of beyondblue at a time of transition in the organisation. I really look forward to continuing to
serve beyondblue as a Board Member.