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Associate Professor Rachel Kornhaber is a Registered Nurse commencing her career at the Severe Burns Injury Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) Sydney. Rachel completed a Master of Nursing Science at the University of Adelaide (UoA) where she explored workforce issues for burns nurses. Following this, Rachel was a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award in 2010 and the RNSH Nursing top-up scholarship (2010 – 2012) and completed a PhD investigating burn survivors’ experiences of rehabilitation and challenges with access to rehabilitation services in Australia. Rachel was the recipient of the 2013 UoA Eleanor Harrald Post-Doctoral Fellowship exploring rehabilitation models of burns care.


Prior to employment at Charles Sturt University, Rachel coordinated the Masters of Burns at the UoA before taking an academic post at the University of Tasmania, Sydney from 2014 to mid-2023 where she was appointed campus lead and the Academic Integrity Advisor for the School of Nursing. 


Rachel teaches in both undergraduate and post graduate nursing, and has co-supervised honours and PhD candidates to completion. Rachel's teaching expertise is in the area of nursing research, wound management, acute care nursing and trauma. Rachel has extensive experience in the area of academic integrity and is an Academic Integrity Officer for the Faculty of Science and Health supporting students throughout their learning journey. 

Research Interests

Rachel has an extensive track record in the area of trauma informed care, burns/plastics, wound care and workforce issues in nursing that is reflected in her publications in international peer reviewed journals and presentation/invitations to present. Rachel is an editorial board member of Burns Open, Committee Chair Research for the International Society for Burn Injuries, Secretary, Asia Pacific Burn Association, and a Research Fellow, National Burns Center, Sheba Medical Center, Israel.


Rachel is currently part of a project that is investigating the use of electrospun nanofibrous polymeric matrix for dermal healing in wound care. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Nursing (Burns) , PhD, Roads to recovery: adult burn survivors lived experience of rehabilitation.

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013

Nursing (Burns) , MNSc, The lived experience of nursing severe burns injury patients: a phenomenological inquiry

Award Date: 31 Dec 2009

Nursing (Burns), Graduate Diploma

Award Date: 18 Dec 2006

Nursing (Burns/Plastics), Graduate Certificate , Avondale College

Award Date: 05 Dec 2004

Nursing , Bachelor of Nursing , University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 27 Apr 2000

External positions

Secretary , Asia Pacific Burn Association

2023 → …

Adjunct Associate Professor , The University of Tasmania

2023 → …

Adjunct Associate Professor , University of Adelaide

2021 → …

Research Fellow , Chaim Sheba Medical Center

2014 → …

Adjunct, Institute for Health Research, University of Notre Dame

Subject keywords

  • Burns; Plastics; Trauma informed care; Wound management; Resilience; Workforce; Mentorship; Leadership; Homelessness; Autism; Systematic review; Rehabilitation


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