Ailsa grew up in the UK and spent several years pursuing an academic career in Biomedical and Nursing Ethics. This including teaching and working on a number of research projects exploring the commodification of human tissue and legal definitions of mental capacity. She was also the Vice-Chair of a local research ethics committee for three years.
Feeling a need to develop a clinical role, Ailsa qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2011 and worked as a Community Nurse with a particular passion for palliative and end of life care.
In 2013, Ailsa moved to Tasmania and has since worked as a Registered Nurse in the private health sector. She joined the Palliative Care Tasmania Board of Directors in 2018.