Anne came from Townsville where she spent 4 years as the inaugural Professor of Tropical Health at James Cook University. This was a joint appointment between the university and Townsville Health Service District. Anne has a background in critical care nursing, nurse education and clinical research. She has a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health from the ANU. Anne's clinical research interests focus primarily on infection control and wound care. Anne is especially well known nationally and internationally for her collaborative research into nurse practitioner scope of practice.

Professor Gardner is the lead researcher on the project Information and support needs of women following primary treatment of breast cancer: a 10 year replication study.