KERALA, in southern India, was a long way from Pip Brinklow's nurse training at Hobart's St John's Hospital more than 30 years ago.
"I was offered an opportunity by the International Federation of Ageing to carry out the capacity- building project in India for the Alzheimer's Association of India," says the Greens candidate for Lyons in Saturday's federal election.
"At that time the Alzheimer's Association of India consisted of one doctor - there was a lot of work to do."
Ms Brinklow travelled back and forth between India and her two teenage children living at Fawcett, near Hobart, for about 12 months to set up the program.
"I worked with local practitioners to set up training packages - we started in one state in southern India then spread to other places," she says.
Ms Brinklow agrees that it's still not the kind of nursing program expected in a developing country like India.
"But it's a growing problem in these countries because of the extended family being eroded with the younger members moving away," she says.
"And these countries haven't had a history of people living long enough to have to think about dementia before."
The Tasmanian aged care nurse's work was impressive enough for her to be invited to an international conference in Copenhagen to speak about the 2006-07 India project.
Her training and professional interests have built some interesting relationships in the past three decades.
There has been an exchange of aged care health professionals between Japan and Tasmania during her time as a director of aged care and community services manager.
"Japan was very interested in our system," she says.
The aged care specialist stumbled into the area when her children were young.
"I had two preschool-aged children and I was offered the opportunity to do some part-time work in the area," she says.
"I had worked in palliative care before and I found that I loved it."
More university training gave her the business skills to set up her own aged care training centre working in both the north and south of the state.
In the middle of this busy life, a decision to go along to a Greens party meeting at her local country hall at Copping significantly changed the world as Pip Brinklow had previously known it.
"I thought to myself that this seemed like a grass-roots party that reflected the issues that were important to me," she says.
Lyons Greens MHA Tim Morris was one of the speakers at the meeting.
"I went up to speak to him after the meeting and the rest is history, as they say," Ms Brinklow says.
That was seven years ago and the couple have been together ever since.
"So this campaigning is not new to me - I've been travelling around Lyons with Tim for years now," she says.
The major parties' stand on a number of issues such as asylum seekers, animal exports and struggling Tasmanian families convinced Ms Brinklow that the 2013 federal election was the time for her to become a public political figure rather than a behind-the- scenes worker.
She has enjoyed the campaign so far.
"People get a bit of a surprise when they meet me," she says.
"I'm 49 years old, a mother of two who has worked hard since I was 14.
"I'm a professional with qualifications in nursing and business and I've employed more people than most of the other candidates."
Her children, Johnny, 23, and Hannah, 22, are working and studying.
But Ms Brinklow still nurses part-time in between political campaigning.
"So I really don't have any spare time - Tim and I get a lot of pleasure travelling around Lyons together," she says.
"The space we are in at the moment means that there is no time for holidays.
"But if we go somewhere like the East Coast to see people, we will take half an hour out to walk along the beach together and enjoy the moment."