Professor Barclay is the Director of the University Centre for Rural Health in Lismore, NSW. This is a centre within the School of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at Sydney University. She is acknowledged as a leader in health systems reform with extensive experience in increasing knowledge, services and policy around birthing, family health and remote and rural health services.
Professor Barclay has led over 30 research projects in the past decade, published numerous articles and been a technical adviser to governments, AusAID, World Bank and WHO. Her work has taken her to Asia, Melanesia and the Pacific Islands.
She is leading research into maternity services in remote Australia funded by NHMRC. She was awarded an AO in 2004 for her contribution to professional and international development and child health.