Niki is an occupational and public health physician. Her career has spanned policy development in government, consultancy in the private sector and more recently academia.
She worked in both the Tasmanian Department of Health and the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, where she developed her long-standing professional interest in workplace mental health, before establishing a consultancy business, which she subsequently moved into PricewaterhouseCoopers. Working for the University of Queensland and then Monash University, she was the Foundation CEO and Professor of two centres, focusing on developing innovative models for research management that aimed to close the gap between research and practice, underpinned by contemporary models of knowledge translation. The Institute of Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, jointly with another group, won for Monash the Ashley Goldsworthy Award for outstanding leadership in university-business collaboration in 2012.
She was awarded the Royal Australasian College of Physicians College Medal in 2004, an honorary fellowship by the Safety Institute of Australia, and in 2015 an OAM.
She is also a NED for DrinkWise and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University.