Joyce is a registered nurse with a Masters in Nursing. She also has post-graduate qualification in Maternity and Community Health, where she was awarded a Commonwealth grant in 1997, for an Indigenous placement, which she took in Kempsey, NSW.
Prior to joining The George Institute, she was the Community Care Consultant for one of the largest community provider in NSW, managing state wide community aged care services across NSW and the ACT. She is also a qualified and accredited quality assessor for community health care standards. Her previous research work included the Perth Community Stroke Study in 1991.