Hilary was dance critic for the Canberra Times from 1972–90. In 1977 she was a founding member of the Australian Association for Dance Education (now the Australian Dance Council – Ausdance Inc.), and was its national president from 1981–84. Hilary was the joint national coordinator of Ausdance from 1985 until 1991, co-managing many projects including partnerships with the Media Arts & Entertainment Alliance (MEAA) to produce the Dancers’ Transition Report (1989), and the National Arts Industry Training Council to produce the first Safe Dance Report (1990). As the writer and editor of many Ausdance publications, Hilary invented the now internationally-recognised term ‘Safe Dance’, with implications for dance practice world wide.
Safe Dance reports volumes 1, 2 and 3 contain research into the areas of injury prevention and management, body therapies, rehearsal and management practices.