Rachel’s clinical nursing experience over 30 years in primary health care, public health, general practice and mental health settings both in urban and rural areas of NSW and in countries such as Madagascar and the Solomon Islands has given her a deep understanding of the key role that nurses play in the provision of health care around the world. This clinical experience, twelve years of which were spent working at an advanced practice level with people living with chronic and disabling autoimmune conditions and a further ten years in specialist mental health practice, informs and enhances her work as an academic and researcher.
Rachel’s passion and commitment to expanding the scope and capacity for advanced nursing practice has enabled her to develop and implement advanced practice nursing programs at the University of Newcastle, University of Sharjah (UAE) and at Charles Sturt University. Her expertise in curriculum development and ability to work trans-culturally has led to international consultancy engagements with the Aga Khan Development Network and University in Egypt and East Africa and ongoing research activities in the UAE. As a researcher, her activities continue to focus on the role of nurses in the provision of specialist care, and the translation of evidence-based practice into effective health care delivery.