Professor Reid retired as Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Western Sydney in December, 2013, a position she had held since 1998. She has served on the federal Higher Education Council, committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, the Executive of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), the Federal Council for Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR), the Board of Integral Energy, the Board of the Queensland Museum, the Trust and Council of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, the Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board, the 2002 federal Higher Education Review Reference Group and as Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare from 1995 to 2001. She is currently on the Boards of UniSuper and the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission; the Salvation Army Greater Western Sydney Advisory Board, and is a Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. From 2005-2008 she was the Vice-Chair and Australian representative on the Governing Board of the OECD’s program on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE).
In 1994 Professor Reid chaired the national review of nursing education in Australia. Her own research has been in the fields of Indigenous and refugee health and health care, occupational health and mental health. In January 1998 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to cross-cultural public health research and the development of health services for socioeconomically disadvantaged groups in the community. She holds a BSc (Adelaide), MA (Hawaii), MA (Stanford), and PhD (Stanford).