Hilary was dance critic for the Canberra Times from 1972 – 90. She Was a founding member of the Australian Association for Dance Education (now Australian Dance Council-Ausdance Inc.) in 1977. and its national president from 1981-84. Hilary was national joint coordinator of Ausdance until 1991, co-managing many projects including partnerships with the National Arts Industry Training Council and the Austraian Institute of Sport. She was writer and editor for many Ausdance publications, and originated the term Safe Dance.
Safe Dance reports volumes 1, 2 and 3 contain research into the areas of injury prevention and management, body therapies, rehearsal and management practices.