Lodine was born in South Africa and raised on a small farm. She completed her nursing training in Bloemfontein then travelled to UK where she met and married her husband, a fellow South African. Lodine gained experience as a theatre scrub nurse before moving into practice nursing. Upon moving to Australia, Lodine enjoyed several years in rural health settings before moving into practice nursing specialising in general health with a focus on women’s and children’s health. Three children school-aged children and more university study also help to keep Lodine very busy.