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Dr Rachel Rossiter is a senior lecturer for the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner in Mental Health and credentialled as a mental health nurse. Her nursing career includes a broad range of clinical, teaching and research experience in both general and mental health. She has also worked in developing countries and in public mental health and general practice in rural areas within NSW. She has over 20 years' experience working as a nurse/therapist, 13 of these years working primarily with people with chronic autoimmune diseases and co-morbid mental health problems. This was followed by five years as a clinical nurse consultant in psychotherapy, during which time she was actively involved in clinical research related to the implementation of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She has recent clinical experience as a Dialectical Behaviour Therapist (a mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy) at the Centre for Psychotherapy and provides clinical supervision to mental health clinicians working in public mental health services and GP practices in rural NSW. Rachel is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid instructor and provides workshops for community organisations and nursing students. She has a particular interest in enabling practicing clinicians to further develop their clinical reasoning skills and reflective practice and to strengthen their capacity for therapeutic communication.

Rachel's broad range of clinical and research experience in diverse settings has enabled her to work with academic and clinician colleagues in two provinces in Thailand and more recently in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Riyadh, Saudi.  This work includes capacity building activities focused on qualitative research in cross-cultural settings, mindfulness-based interventions and developing nursing capacity for advanced practice.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Health Science, University of Sydney, 03/04/2009
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle, 10/12/2012
  • Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), University of Newcastle, 02/09/2003
  • Master of Counselling, University of New England, 13/10/2001

Research

Research keywords

  • Cross-cultural research
  • Phenomenology
  • Research Methods - Qualitative

Research expertise

Doctoral thesis: Exploring the Experience of Dialectical Behaviour Therapists: Challenging Therapeutic Pessimism Related to Borderline Personality Disorder

Currently supervising three RHD student projects in mental health.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111000Nursing60
170101Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)20
111799Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified20

Collaboration

My primary research interests are:

  • Mental health with a specific focus on developing nursing capacity in the use of therapeutic interventions, such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Nurse Practitioner education
  • Cross-cultural research - ethical and translational issues

Current research collaborations include:

Evaluating a Nurse Practitioner led model in Aged Care

Flexibility in Perspective Taking

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Program Convenor/coordination for 3 Masters programs including the coordination of staff in the preparation of course materials for courses offered across several programs.

Membership of committees: Faculty Board (Health),, School of Nursing and Midwifery Executive, Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) External Program Advisory and the Postgraduate Programs Committee.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Curriculum development
  • Mental health nursing
  • Nurse Practitioner education
  • On-line post-graduate course development
  • Online teaching

Teaching expertise

Post-graduate coursework courses for the Masters of Mental Health Nursing and nurse practitioner programs.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Plangpongpan S, Rossiter RC, Hazelton M, 'Crises in Care-giving - An Enduring State: Implications for Service Development in Thailand', Journal of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, 58 333-344 (2013) [C1]

Co-authors: Michael Hazelton

2006Hazelton MJ, Rossiter RC, Milner J, 'Managing the 'unmanageable': Training staff in the use of dialectical behavour therapy for borderline personality disorder', Contemporary Nurse:, 21 120-130 (2006) [C1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Rossiter RC, Dialectical Behaviour Therapists: Challenging Therapeutic Pessimism Related to Borderline Personality Disorder, VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, 176 (2009) [A1]

Chapter (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014O'Brien L, Rossiter R, McMinn B, 'Depression in Older People', Caring for older people in Australia: Principles for nursing practice, Wiley, Milton, Queensland 455-488 (2014)

Co-authors: Louise OBrien

2014Rossiter RC, Scott R, Walton C, 'Key attributes of therapeutic communication', Critical Conversations for Patient Safety: An essential guide for health professionals, Pearson, Australia 102-112 (2014)
2013Rossiter RC, Stone T, 'Caring for a person with an autoimmune condition', Clinical Reasoning : Learning to Think Like a Nurse, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 142-159 (2013) [B2]
2013Stone T, Rossiter RC, 'Caring for a 'challenging' patient', Clinical Reasoning : Learning to Think Like a Nurse, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 122-141 (2013) [B2]
2010Hazelton MJ, Rossiter RC, Sinclair E, 'Lost to transition: Bridging the gap and supporting newly qualified practitioners', Creative Approaches to Health and Social Care Education, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 213-229 (2010) [B1]

Co-authors: Michael Hazelton

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Journal article (15 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Aeamla-Or N, Rossiter RC, 'A shared journey of mindfulness: Student and supervisor learning together', Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, . .-. (2015)
2015van der Riet P, Rossiter RC, Kirby D, Dluzewska, Harmon C, 'Piloting a stress management and mindfulness program for undergraduate nursing students: Student feedback and lessons learned', Nurse Education Today, . .-. (2015)

Co-authors: Pamela Vanderriet

2014Parker V, Bellamy D, Rossiter R, Graham V, Britton B, Bennett L, Giles M, 'The experiences of head and neck cancer patients requiring major surgery.', Cancer Nurs, 37 263-270 (2014) [C1]
2014Brownie S, Rossiter RC, Hill A, 'Primary health service options for affordable and accessible non-communicable disease and related chronic disease prevention and management', Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, .-. (2014)
2014Stone T, Rossiter RC, 'Making the Most of Conference Attendance', Nursing and Health Sciences, . .-. (2014)

Co-authors: Teresa Stone

2014Rossiter RC, Brownie S, 'Difficult and frustrating? Caring for those with chronic and complex conditions', American Nurse Today, .-. (2014)
2014Brownie S, Hunter L, Robb W, Rossiter R, Hills AP, Hag-Ali M, 'Diabetes in the United Arab Emirates: The need for valid datasets for health service planning', The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, 2 535-537 (2014)
2013Plangpongpan S, Rossiter RC, Hazelton M, 'Crises in Care-giving - An Enduring State: Implications for Service Development in Thailand', Journal of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, 58 333-344 (2013) [C1]

Co-authors: Michael Hazelton

2013Robinson T, Hills D, Rossiter RC, 'Mental Health Emergency Care in Australia: An Education Program for Clinicians', Education for Health: Change in Learning & Practice, 26 172-177 (2013) [C1]
2011Hazelton MJ, Rossiter RC, Sinclair E, Morrall P, 'Encounters with the 'dark side': New graduate nurses' experiences in a mental health service', Health Sociology Review, 20 172-186 (2011) [C1]
2009Rossiter RC, Black J, 'Challenging therapeutic pessimism: Borderline personality disorder and co-morbid substance abuse', Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis, 2 140-153 (2009) [C1]
2006Hazelton MJ, Rossiter RC, Milner J, 'Managing the 'unmanageable': Training staff in the use of dialectical behavour therapy for borderline personality disorder', Contemporary Nurse:, 21 120-130 (2006) [C1]
2002Rossiter RC, 'Caring for the patient with systemic lupus erythematosus', Australian Nursing Journal, 9 suppl 1-suppl 4 (2002)
2001Rossiter R, 'Improving lupus knowledge.', Australian nursing journal (July 1993), 9 39-39 (2001)
2000Rossiter RC, 'Understanding the special needs of the patient with scleroderma.', Australian nursing journal (July 1993), 8 (2000)
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Conference (21 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Rossiter RC, 'Becoming a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: is it the career path for you?', .., Canberra (2014)
2014Sudkhanoung P, Rossiter RC, Hazelton M, 'An on-going crisis: The experience of Thai family caregivers during their care for relatives with a mental illness', GSTF Journal of Nursing and Health Care (JNHC), Singapore (2014)

Co-authors: Michael Hazelton

2013McMinn B, Rossiter R, 'Post graduate education in mental health nursing of older people: Collaboration between sub-specialities (poster)', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (2013) [E3]
2012Harmon CW, Rossiter RC, 'Learning to be therapeutically present: Weaving mindfulness practice into an undergraduate nursing program', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Darwin (2012) [E3]
2012Rossiter RC, 'Self-management - is it possible? Getting the person on side', 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting Australian Rheumatalogy Association. Meeting Handbook, Canberra, ACT (2012) [E3]
2012McMinn BG, Rossiter RC, 'Psychopharmacology content in a postgraduate mental health nursing course', Interprofessional Education for Quality Use of Medicines. Symposium Program, Newcastle, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012Rossiter RC, O'Brien LM, 'Reviewing the impact of national registration for nurse practitioners on university curricula in Australia', The 7th Conference of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, Surfers Paradise (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: Louise OBrien

2012Plangpongpan S, Hazelton MJ, Rossiter RC, 'The lived experience of Thai family care-givers in a crisis during their care for relatives with mental illness', ECSP 2012. 1st European Congress for Social Psychiatry, Geneva, Switzerland (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: Michael Hazelton

2012McMinn BG, Rossiter RC, 'Post graduate education in mental health nursing of older people: Mental health or gerontology?', IPA 2012: International Psychigeriatric Association International Meeting Abstracts, Cairns (2012) [E3]
2012Rossiter RC, 'Adapting to life with severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)', 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting Australian Rheumatalogy Association. Meeting Handbook, Canberra, ACT (2012) [E3]
2011Hazelton MJ, Rossiter RC, Sinclair E, ''Swimming alongside': Mentoring new graduate nurses working in mental health services', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: Michael Hazelton

2011Bellamy D, Graham V, Parker VT, Rossiter RC, Giles M, Britton B, et al., 'Shocks and aftershocks: The surgical experience of people with head and neck cancer', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology: COSA 38th Annual Scientific Meeting Poster Abstracts, Perth (2011) [E3]
2010Rossiter RC, Stone TE, Levett-Jones TL, 'One oar or two? Enhancing mental health undergraduate education', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Hobart, Tas (2010) [E3]
2010Plangpongpan S, Hazelton MJ, Rossiter RC, 'Caring in crisis, the experience of family caregivers of people with mental illness in Thailand: A literature review', First International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, Thailand, 2010, Chiang Rai, Thailand (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Michael Hazelton

2010Rossiter RC, Graham V, Bennett L, Donnellan M, Giles M, Shylan G, et al., 'The needs of cancer patients who undergo major disfiguring head and neck surgery: The findings of a qualitative study', First International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, Thailand, 2010, Chiang Rai, Thailand (2010) [E3]
2009King DT, Rossiter RC, 'Implementing the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program in Rural NSW: Overcoming challenges to deliver mental health care in the primary care setting', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
2009Rossiter RC, 'Working with the vulnerable client: Sustaining our capacity for caring', 1st Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium. Abstracts, Canberra, ACT (2009) [E3]
2009Rossiter RC, Schofield T, Hazelton MJ, 'Challenging therapeutic pessimism: Is education enough?', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
2008Rossiter R, Schofield T, Hazelton MJ, 'Challenging therapeutic pessimism: Creatively implementing evidence based practice', 34th Annual International Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses: Presenters Abstracts, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]

Co-authors: Michael Hazelton

2004Hazelton MJ, Rossiter R, Milner J, 'The outcomes of staff training in the use of dialectical behaviour therapy for borderline personality disorder', Health outcomes 2004: perspectives on population health, Canberra (2004) [E2]

Co-authors: Michael Hazelton

2002Joshua F, Rossiter RC, Major G, 'The value of salivary substitutes in the symptomatic management of Sjogren's Syndrome', Internal Medicine Journal, Adelaide (2002)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$2,800

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2014 (1 grants)

Al Gharbia Hospitals 3rd International Nursing Conference (3rd GINC), Fatima College of Health Sciences, Mafraq Campus, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 9-15 April 2014$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Rachel Rossiter
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020142014
GNo:G1400453

2010 (1 grants)

Row with a team or paddle alone, 36th International Conference - Aust College of Mental Health Nurses, Grand Chancellor, Hobart, 30/8/2010 - 2/9/2010.$1,300
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Rachel Rossiter
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,30020102010
GNo:G1000652
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions4
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.3

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorThe Effective Care Program for Geriatric Depression in the General Practices and Follow Up in Community.
20122020PhD (Midwifery)Principal SupervisorMidwifery "A Man's Place?"
20112015PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorThe Effect of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction on Stress, Depression, Self-esteem and Mindfulness in Thai Nursing Students: A Randomised Controlled Trial
20082017PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorA Critical Ethnography: The Parental Impact of Diagnosed Rare Diseases of Childhood

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorThai Family Care givers' Lived Experience in a Crisis During Their Care for Relatives with a Mental Illness
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Dr Rachel Rossiter

Work Phone02 4921 7708
Fax(02) 4921 6301
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaNursing
Office
RW2-40,
Richardson Wing,
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Richardson Wing, Callaghan Campus RW1-42
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/rachel-rossiter