After completing her degrees at Australian National University and The Legal Workshop in 1975, Trish became a commissioned officer in the Womens Royal Australian Navy. She worked as the Command Legal Officer for the Flag Officer commanding the East Australia Area. Trish and her husband have raised five children during which time both were involved in all the usual school,sporting, after-school activities and community activities. Trish balanced family life and work as the Practice Manager for a Specialist Surgeon in rural Victoria. Meanwhile Trish completed the Alternative Dispute Resolution Course at Melbourne University in 1998. Trish was called to the Bar in 2002 and enjoys practising people law and representing those who would not otherwise have a voice.