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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.

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.  To date, two phases are completed with a third phase close to completion.   The findings are 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

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

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

Counselling, Master of Counselling, University of New England

Counselling, Bachelor of Counselling, University of New England

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

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Salford

01 Jul 201831 Jan 2020

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Research Output 1998 2019

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

Suicidal Ideation
Open Access
Nursing Services
Practice Guidelines
Parkinson Disease
Cost-Benefit Analysis

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

Cost-Benefit Analysis
Parkinson Disease
Medical Records
Length of Stay

Activities 2017 2019

The 5th World Parkinson Congress

Rachel Rossiter (Participant)
04 Jun 201907 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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 event typesParticipation in conference

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

Rachel Rossiter (Speaker)
24 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

A framework for cyclical nursing curriculum review across multi-site and multi-country campuses

Sharon Brownie (Speaker), Rachel Rossiter (Speaker)
25 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

The story of ARRC (Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre)

Rachel Rossiter


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Improving how we age in Australia

Jennifer Manning, Patience Moyo, Maryanne Podham, Deborah Magee, Marguerite Bramble & Rachel Rossiter


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Parkinson’s champs travel to NSW conference

Rachel Rossiter


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media