Mary, originally trained as a pharmacist with early experience in hospital practice and then in government in independent evaluation and provision of information about medicines, has for over 40 years facilitated understanding, policy development, action and activism in health and medicines issues across many cultures, geographies, disciplines and conflicts of interests. She has extensive experience as a global network coordinator in a number of fields including action on antibiotic resistance and mobilization for a global peoples health movement. She is fundamentally interested in creative processes beginning in these health fields, and later as an artist and a fashion designer.
Now her focus is working to make the beauty and importance of the microbial world visible and to promote a conscious way to live with feeling and sensibility as part of the wider ecosystem. She worked in Australia, in many developing countries and global arenas to develop and implement equitable and effective National Medicines Policies (NMP). She chaired the in augural Ministerial Advisory Committee to establish and implement Australia’s Quality Use of Medicines Policy. Over 10 years, she assisted the Philippines, Vietnam, Samoa and other countries with NMP, and many grassroots networks in countries where communities and experts developed these issues for themselves.
She served as an expert advisor to The World Health Organisation on NMP for 10 years. Coordinated by the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation in Sweden, she and others wrote the stories of the cultural, political, technical and economic forces behind NMP development in 7 countries focusing on how these have and might help social transformation. She helped organize the First Peoples Health Assembly of the Peoples Health Movement in 2000 in Bangladesh. In 2004 she completed a PhD in Cultural Psychology, exploring the cultural roots of the scapegoat phenomenon, prevalent everywhere and certainly in long standing conflict over medicines.
From 2005 – 2014 she was global network coordinator for ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance, based in Uppsala, Sweden, and helped develop that organization from its inception. She graduated from the three-year Sydney-based Embodied Imagination training in 2012 run by the International Society for Embodied Imagination. She is interested in the use of EI in creative applications in the arts and research where the method can help loosen creative blocks, moving into an embodied experience of other. She is applying this technique in a long term project to explore the world of microbes.