Flavia graduated in medicine from Monash University in 1982 and completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 1993. Flavia then completed an MSc at the University of London, looking at risk factors for osteoarthritis and completed further study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1996. Current research includes using Magnetic Resonance Imaging to understand factors that affect joint cartilage in healthy and diseased states.
Contributions to teaching include coordination and teaching Research Methods in the Master of Public Health, coordination of Epidemiology and Biostatistics by distance mode of delivery, and Medicine and Research for 4th year undergraduate medical students. Current advisory panel membership includes NHMRC Research Fellowships Advisory Panel, Royal Australasian College of Physicians Research Advisory Committee and Jacquot Selection Committee, RACP, and OARSI study group on osteoarthritis of the hand.