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Personal profile

As a clinician and more recently as an academic and researcher, Rachel’s work focuses on building registered nurse capacity for advanced practice in a range of different contexts.   

Her academic and research activities are informed by wide-ranging clinical experience across several decades, including work 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. Rachel continues clinical practice as a credentialed mental health nurse and therapist at the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service.

While employed 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, clinical practice development, mental health literacy and mental health workforce development.

From mid-2017, Rachel has led a team of nursing researchers in a multi-stage research project commissioned by Parkinson’s NSW.  In collaboration with clinician researchers from the Mid-North Coast Local Health district, the project focuses on evaluating the impact of specialist Parkinson’s nurses working in rural and regional NSW.  This three phase project is now completed with the findings supporting the advocacy efforts of Parkinson’s NSW as they seek to address the limited access to specialist services experienced by people living in rural and regional NSW.

Education/Academic qualification

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

Award Date: 10 Dec 2012

Health Science, Doctor of Health Science, The University of Sydney

Award Date: 03 Apr 2009

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

Award Date: 02 Sep 2003

Counselling, Master of Counselling, University of New England

Award Date: 15 Oct 2001

Counselling, Bachelor of Counselling, University of New England

Award Date: 02 Apr 1998

Nursing, Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 19 Apr 1996

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Salford

01 Jul 201831 Jan 2020

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Research Output

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

Muga, T., Mbuthia, G., Gatimu, S. & Rossiter, R., 02 Jan 2019, In : Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 40, 1, p. 15-20 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Case-based Insights: Arab Muslim mothers’ experiences of managing a child newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus

    Rossiter, R., Cooper, J. L., Marjei, S. & Brownie, S., 29 Aug 2019, In : SAGE Open Nursing. 5, p. 1-12 12 p., 2377960819870979.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Cost-effectiveness of a Parkinson's nurse specialist position in Australia: A pilot retrospective analysis

    Carroll, V., Bramble, M., Wong, A., Schwebel, D. & Rossiter, R., 03 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Parkinson's Disease. 9, 1, p. 260-260 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

    Open Access
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  • Prizes

    The Laraine McAnally Award

    Rachel Rossiter (Recipient), 14 Nov 2019

    Prize: Award


    Developing the Future Workforce in Mental Healthcare and Disability Service

    Rachel Rossiter (Participant)
    18 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic eventCommunity

    Higher Degree Research Supervision

    Sophia Dywili (Examiner), Rachel Rossiter (Examiner)
    18 Mar 2019 → …

    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringInternal HDR Supervision

    The case for specialist Parkinson's nurse services: Rural and Regional NSW

    Rachel Rossiter (Speaker)
    24 Jul 2019

    Activity: Other EngagementPublic outreachCommunity

    The case for specialist Parkinson's nurse services in rural and regional NSW: Research findings to date

    Rachel Rossiter (Consultant)
    05 Aug 2019

    Activity: Other EngagementPublic outreachCommunity

    The 5th World Parkinson Congress

    Vincent Carroll (Participant), Marguerite Bramble (Participant), Alfred Wong (Participant), Deborah Schwebel (Participant), Rachel Rossiter (Participant)
    04 Jun 201907 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConference/SymposiumIndustry