Dr Barnes graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1982 and has led a varied medical career since.
After two years at the Austin, Repatriation and Western Hospitals she was commissioned as an officer and doctor with the RAAF. Her work then covered the full spectrum of aviation medicine, aeromedical evacuation, occupational and travel medicine as well as officer training. She was stationed for a period at Butterworth in Malaysia and at the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
On leaving the Air Force Ali moved to the Victorian countryside to do obstetric training and work in regional general practice alongside raising the couple’s four children. During this time she also achieved her specialist qualifications in Australian General Practice (FRACGP).
A few years were spent branching out into medical writing and public relations and then intensive academic and teaching work with the Gippsland GP Training Program and as Deputy Director of Monash University’s Gippsland Regional Clinical School at Traralgon. Teaching and mentoring medical students became a passion. She returned to full time clinical practice in early 2009 and is enjoying the privilege of sharing the health concerns and wellbeing of her Mornington Peninsula patients.
Away from medical work, Dr Barnes enjoys dancing (particularly Latin American, with Neville), travel and history, interior decorating, singing – now in the local Bel Canto Choir – bushwalking (without a pack!) and most especially her extended family. In earlier times she played and taught French Horn.