Serving and helping other people has been a theme of my life. Whether it was the humble beginnings as a shop assistant selling chicken and chips in Newcastle where I grew up, or treating people in the public health system as a new physiotherapy graduate, I have always worked in roles where I have helped others to succeed.
In 2008 I was elected to Penrith City Council as the Councillor for East Ward.
In March 2011, I was elected to the NSW Parliament as the new Member for Mulgoa, representing the Liberal Party of Australia with a swing of 23%. During my first four years in State Parliament I managed to present 286 speeches, questions and responses while in the chamber as the Member. I also served as the Deputy Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Regulation.
In March 2015, I was re-elected to the NSW Parliament and privileged to serve as the Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Affairs and Homelessness.
In January 2017, I was appointed as Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women, and Minister for Ageing.
I am passionate about our region in western Sydney and will continue to advocate that the infrastructure, services, opportunities and life-style are second-to-none.
My husband, Mark, and I are raising our two young children in western Sydney. As a mother, I have a genuine interest in making sure my children and all other children across the state grow up in a safe, strong and caring community.