Mary qualified in medicine at University College Dublin and completed her training in anaesthesia in Dublin. She then undertook intensive care training in Adelaide, South Australia. She returned to Ireland to work as a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care at St. James’s Hospital. Following four years at St. James’s she took up a consultant position at the Royal Adelaide Hospital where she currently works.
Mary’s interests are in all aspects of clinical intensive care with a special interest in end-of-life care. She has a strong commitment to education and training at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is Associate Professor and Head of Education in the discipline of Acute Care Medicine at the University of Adelaide. She is a member of the Medical School Advisory Committee of the Australian Medical Council. She has held a number of positions in professional and statutory bodies including president of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society, current chair of the Intensive Care Working Party of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and chair of the South Australian Board of the Medical Board of Australia.