Mary was a volunteer at Arthritis SA for several years, during which time she facilitated Stanford Self-Management programs. She also facilitated the same programs online in the USA and Canada for 5 years.
Mary developed chronic neuropathic pain following spinal fusion surgery in 2004. She has been through the same journey as most people she has spoken to over the ensuing years. However, with help from her GP, physician and a psychologist, she managed her pain and completed a Post Grad/Dip in Chronic Condition Management.
Mary was also on the SA Statewide Pain Strategy committee from steering to implementation from 2014 until 2018. She is also on committees in NALHN and SALHN as they get their sections of the Statewide Pain Strategy up and running. She is also currently involved with is the Adelaide Primary Health Network on their Consumer Advisory Council (2016 till 2019) and also their Membership Advisory Council.