About Professor Mary Chiarella

Mary’s career spans 40 years both in the United Kingdom and Australia across a variety of nursing services. Mary is Professor of Nursing at the University of Sydney. In 2003/04 she was the Chief Nursing Officer, NSW Health Department and prior to that was the Foundation Professor of Nursing in Corrections Health, with the University of Technology, Sydney. Mary has provided her professional expertise to health services, organisations and governments over the years. Examples include a review of professional practice and boundary issues for Justice Health, membership of the NSW Law Reform Commission Division Working Group on minor’s consent to medical treatment. She was a founding member of the Australian Bioethics Association and the Australian Institute for Health, Law and Ethics, was Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council from 2007 -2009 and is currently a member of the Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel for NSW Health; the NSW nominee on the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia (NMBA); Chair of the Policy Working Group of NMBA and has just been appointed as one of the Federal Minister for Health’s three independent members on the Board of Health Workforce Australia.

Mary’s particular research interests focus on legal, policy and ethical issues in nursing and health care delivery. She publishes and speaks nationally and internationally on her work. Examples of her research include an international review of nursing regulation; an examination of the legal and professional status of nurses; reviews and analyses of disciplinary decisions of professional Tribunals; and an international review of policy in end-of-life care. Recent research includes a state-wide review of advanced practice roles for the Nursing and Midwifery Office of the NSW Health Department; a second review of the disciplinary decisions of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Board; a review of the implementation of nurse practitioners in South Australia and an evaluation of the continuing competence framework for the New Zealand Nursing Council. She has undertaken a number of projects for the WHO, including a global review of nurse-led models of primary health care; a review of policy and leadership in primary health care and policy development related to MDG 5. She continues to work closely with the Nursing and Midwifery Office of NSW Health and is currently leading two state-wide projects: a second review of nursing care models in haemodialysis and a new project on the perioperative nursing workforce.

Selected publications

Chiarella M, Salvage J & McInnes E (2010) Celebrating connecting with communities: co-production in global primary health care Primary health care research and development 11(2), pp. 108-122

Pritchard M, Foster J & Chiarella M (2010) Guest editorial: Historic legislation for nurse practitioners and midwives: recognised potential in health reform. Neonatal, paediatric and child health nursing 13 (2) 3-4

Cashin A, Chiarella M, Waters D & Potter E (2008) Assessing nursing competency in the correctional environment: the creation of a self-reflection learning and development tool, Journal for Nurses in Staff Development Nov/Dec 24 (6) 263-273.

Chiarella M & McInnes E (2008) Legality, morality and reality - the role of the nurse in maintaining standards of care Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing 26 (1)

Chiarella M, Thoms D, Lau C, McInnes E, (2008) An overview of the competency movement in nursing and midwifery Collegian 15(2): 45-53.

Chiarella M & Duffield C (2007) “Workforce issues in palliative and end-of-life care” Journal of hospice and palliative nursing. 9 (6) November/December 2007

Chiarella M (2007) "Redesigning models of patient care delivery and organisation: building collegial generosity in response to workplace challenges" Australian Health Review 31 (Supp 1) 109-116

Adrian A & Chiarella M (2010) Professional Conduct: a casebook of disciplinary decisions relating to professional conduct matters (2nd Ed) Nurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales: Sydney.

Vernon R, Chiarella M, Papps E & Dignam D (2010) Evaluation of the Nursing Council of New Zealand Continuing Competence Framework. Wellington, New Zealand: Nursing Council of New Zealand. ISBN 978-0-908662-33-3

Adrian A & Chiarella M (2009) Nurse Practitioners in South Australia: report for the review of processes for the implementation of the role. SA Health: Adelaide http://www.health.sa.gov.au/Default.aspx?tabid=59

World Health Organisation. (2009): Now More Than Ever: The Contribution of Nurses and Midwives to Primary Health Care. A Compendium of Primary Care Case Studies. Geneva: WHO. http://www.who.int/hrh/nursing_mn/compendium_PHC_studies.pdf. (compiled and written by Mary Chiarella, edited by Jane Salvage)

Chiarella M (2008) Discussion Paper: new and emerging models of nurse-led primary health care. Commissioned by Australian Government National Health and Hospital Reform Commission accessible at http://www.nhhrc.org.au/internet/nhhrc/publishing.nsf/Content/16F7A93D8F578DB4CA2574D7001830E9/$File/New%20and%20emerging%20nurse-led%20models%20of%20primary%20health%20care%20(M%20Chiarella).pdf

NSW Health (2008). Second report on the models of care project. NSW Health: Sydney compiled by Chiarella M & Lau C.

Chiarella M (2008) Chapter 7, Legal issues for the community nurse in Kralik D & Van Loo A, Community Nursing in Australia Blackwell Science, Melbourne

Chiarella M (2008) Chapter 22 Legal Issues in Crisp J & Taylor K (eds) Fundamentals of Australian Nursing Potter & Perry, (3nd Ed) Harcourt Brace: Sydney, pp.350-368

NSW Health (2007). Report on review of Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Consultant roles. NSW Health: Sydney compiled by Chiarella M, Harford E & Lau C.

Chiarella, M (2007). The next generation: working well. Keynote address in Proceedings of NSWNA Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Forum, Terrigal. pp. 37-45 http://www.nswnurses.asn.au/multiattachments/9926/DocumentName/Report_for_members.pdf Staunton P & Chiarella M (2007) Law for Nurses 6th Ed. Elsevier Science: Melbourne

Chiarella EM (2006) Policy in End-of-Life Care: Education, ethics, practice and research. Quay Books: London

Chiarella EM, (2002) The Legal and Professional Status of Nursing Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh.