Dr Collie graduated in Medicine from The University of Queensland in 1968. She undertook intern, resident and registrar positions at Teaching Hospitals on the north side of Brisbane before applying for one of the four newly created medical administration training positions created by the Queensland Department of Health. In 1975, Dr Collie was appointed Assistant Medical Superintendent at Royal Brisbane Hospital. In 1979, Dr Collie was admitted to RACMA Fellowship and was appointed Deputy Medical Superintendent, Royal Brisbane Hospital.
In 1981, following the retirement of Dr Owen Powell, a founding Fellow of our College, Dr Collie was appointed Director of the Division of Research and Planning in Queensland Department of Health, a position which she held for nearly ten years. Following the change from long term Conservative Government to a Labor Government, Dr Collie accepted the offer to fill the newly created position of Chief Executive of the Royal Women’s Hospital, Brisbane in 1992, with the additional remit to establish Community Services for Women on the north side of Brisbane.
Following a further reorganisation in 1995, Dr Collie was appointed Medical Superintendent, The Prince Charles Hospital and in addition, undertook the Chief Executive role for twelve months. After over thirty years employed full time by Queensland Health Dr Collie resigned from Queensland Health in 2000. She then took an opportunity to provide relief for non-metropolitan medical administrators in Queensland. She spent time in Townsville General Hospital, Bundaberg Base Hospital and Mount Isa Base Hospital.
In 2002, Dr Collie decided to return to full time employment as a medical administrator. Until 2005, she was Director of Medical and Clinical Services at Alice Springs Hospital, when she was appointed to Grafton Base Hospital and a number of smaller District Hospitals in Northern NSW. She retired from full time Medical Administration in 2013 but has undertaken locum attachments locally until 2015.
Dr Collie has had a lifelong interest in the education of Medical and Health Professionals. She was recently reminded by Dr Denis Lennox, who retired in June this year, that he was her first medical administration registrar. She has had the privilege of being involved with many College Fellows during their training.
In 2010 Dr Collie was appointed Clinical Sub Dean with the University Centre for Rural Health, North Coast (Grafton), a position which she still holds, and is employed by the University of Western Sydney Medical School, one day per week.