Dr Blackham grew up in Perth and completed her surgical training in WA. As a trainee Dr Blackham won a number of awards including AMA Junior Doctor of the Year in 2013 and the John Corboy Medal of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She was also the recipient of a competitive Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship encompassing international visits to Surgeons.
As an academic Dr Blackham has completed a Master of Surgery. Her thesis focused upon skill acquisition in laparoscopic surgery. She is a PhD Candidate focusing upon Safety and Quality in Bariatric Surgery: validation of a sleeve gastrectomy curriculum. She is also a Board member of the Australian/NZ Metabolic Obesity Surgery Society. Dr Blackham has returned home to WA to take up a Consultant position with Western Surgical Health as a Specialist Bariatric and General Surgeon. She is also a Senior Lecturer at CTEC (UWA), a designated facility specialising in surgical education helping train the next generation of surgeons.