Maureen Lyster was a teacher for twenty years before she was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 1985. She became Minister for Local Government and later Minister for Health. After electoral defeat in 1992 she was CEO of Riding for the Disabled, then Alzheimers Association Victoria. In 1995 she was appointed CEO of Aged Care Australia – now ACSA. During her time as CEO the Aged Care Act 1997 was negotiated. She retired in 2000.
In 2018 her then 93 year old mother decided to move to residential aged care and asked Maureen to organise it.
Maureen maintains that this was more stressful than anything else she had done.