Dr Mahoney graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and subsequently developed a great interest in education particularly in the field of General Practice.
Her work as a medical practitioner and teacher has influenced hundreds of students and medical graduates in the art of General Practice. Her work has also included research appointments with the Department of Child Health at UQ and involvement in research projects for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, with whom she also held the role of State Director of the Training Program for 25 years.
Throughout her career Dr Mahoney has been widely recognised for her contributions to medicine, notably in 2006 when she was made Officer of the Order of Australia, in 1985 when she was made a Fellow of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and in 1994 when as part of a team she received a Research Award for Medical Education from the Australasian and New Zealand Association for Medical Education.
Dr Mahoney has given a lifetime of service to The University of Queensland, including service on the UQ Senate and election to two terms of the Deputy Chancellorship, being the first woman to hold this office. In recognition of this service, UQ conferred on her an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine in 2005 followed by an Emeritus Professorship in 2014.