Originally from New Zealand, Healey started her studies at the Auckland University in the sciences, while completing RAD Advanced Ballet. She moved to Melbourne in 1981 and three years later, graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a BA in Dance Performance. In 2000, she received a Masters Degree in Choreography.
In 1983, Healey founded the Danceworks Company in Melbourne with Artistic Director Nanette Hassall. From 1938 to 1988, she had the opportunity to perform for the company nationally and internationally as well as stage choreographies.
In the late 80s, Sue worked in New York with Zvi Gottheiner Company where she studies with various seminal artists: Trisha Brown Co, Dana Reitz, Irene Hultman and Merce Cunningham Co.
During the 1990’s from her base in Melbourne, Healey not only created work for her own company, she also received numerous commissions from companies: Danceworks, The One Extra Co., Dance North, Tasdance, Vic Arts Dance Company, Limbs Dance Company (New Zealand), Downstage Theatre Company (New Zealand) Playbox Theatre Company, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Arts Centre and the Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya, Japan.
She then became Artistic Director of the Canberra company Vis-à-Vis Dance Canberra (formerly Meryl Tankard Company and Human Veins) and created seven new seasons of work, between 1993-1995.
After moving to Sydney in 1999, Healey was awarded with a Choreographic Fellowship from the Australia Council.
In 2002-2003, Healey began her work on the Niche series.