Personal profile

Personal profile

Rachel’s extensive clinical experience includes working in primary health care in Madagascar and the Solomon Islands and clinical, teaching and research experience in public health, general practice and mental health settings in urban and rural areas of New South Wales, Australia.

As an academic at the University of Newcastle, Rachel developed and implemented the curriculum for a Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program and revised the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program. She then led these programs through the accreditation process required by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council for graduates to be eligible for endorsement to practice as Nurse Practitioners. She has extensive experience in subject and course development at several universities, including the University of Sharjah and now at Charles Sturt University.

Rachel’s research activities in Australia, Thailand, Egypt, East Africa and the United Arab Emirates include capacity building activities in cross-cultural settings, health promotion and early intervention, mindfulness-based interventions (MBSR and DBT), competency-based nursing curriculum, developing nursing capacity for advanced practice, Nurse Practitioner education and clinical practice development, mental health literacy and mental health workforce development and evaluating the effectiveness of on-line post-graduate academic education.

Education/Academic qualification

Tertiary Education, Graduate Certificate in the Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Nursing, Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), University of Newcastle

Health Science, Doctor of Health Science, University of Sydney

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Research Output 2000 2018

A pilot study exploring nursing knowledge of depression and suicidal ideation in Kenya

Muga, T., Gatimu, S., Rossiter, R. & Mbuthia, G. 12 Jun 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Issues in Mental Health Nursing.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Developing a national competency-based curriculum for technical nurses in Egypt

Brownie, S., Rossiter, R., Docherty, C., Al-Yateem, N. & Gadallah, M. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Educational Models
Open Access
Nursing Services
Practice Guidelines
Parkinson Disease
State Government
Federal Government

Mental health literacy of school nurses in the United Arab Emirates

Al-Yateem, N., Rossiter, R., Robb, W. & Slewa-Younan, S. 22 Jan 2018 In : International Journal of Mental Health Systems. 12, 1, p. 1-13 13 p., 6

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
United Arab Emirates
Health Literacy
Mental Health
Open Access
secondary school
data capture
rural community

Activities 2017 2018

  • 5 Invited talk
  • 4 Consultancy
  • 1 Participation in conference

Familiarisation and Study Tour for Aswan Nursing Clinicians and Academics

Rossiter, R. (Consultant)
11 Mar 201818 Mar 2018

Activity: Consultancy

hear act change enable

Rossiter, R. (Participant)
09 May 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

Aga Khan University - East Africa- Nursing & Midwifery

Rossiter, R. (Invited speaker)
03 Jul 201707 Jul 2017

Activity: Invited talk

Press / Media

CSU research to aid Parkinson’s disease sufferers in regional NSW

Rachel Rossiter


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

The pyramids were not built in a day

Rachel Rossiter, Sharon Brownie & Sharon Brownie


3 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Aga Khan University Engagement in Egypt

Rachel Rossiter & Sharon Brownie


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media