Professor Mary Chiarella

Professor

M02A - 88 Mallett Street - Building A
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0904

Curriculum vitae Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

Mary Chiarella has been involved in a variety of nursing services for over 30 years, both in the United Kingdom and Australia. She came to the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery in 2008, having previously served as Chief Nursing Officer, NSW Health Department and as the Foundation Professor of Nursing in Corrections Health, at the University of Technology, Sydney.

She has provided professional expertise to health services, organisations and governments over the years. Examples include a review of professional practice and boundary issues for Justice Health, and membership of the NSW Law Reform Commission Division Working Group on minors' consent to medical treatment. I was a founding member of the Australian Bioethics Association and the Australian Institute for Health, Law and Ethics and am currently Co-Chair of the Clinical Council of the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, Chair of the Advance Care Planning Steering Group, NSW Health, and Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, the peak regulatory body for nursing and midwifery in Australia.

Research interests

  • Regulatory and professional conduct issues in nursing and midwifery
  • Legal and ethical issues in end of life care
  • Legal, ethical and policy issues in relation to scope of nursing practice
  • Innovative models of health care delivery

Examples of 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
  • an international review of policy in end-of-life care
  • 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
  • a global review of nurse-led models of primary health care for the Chief Scientific Officer, Nursing and Midwifery of the World Health Organization.

Teaching and supervision

Primary supervisor, Anna-Lyse de Guio, "The interrelationship between primary health care models integrating family health and mental health and the competencies required for them", PhD in progress

Primary Supervisor, Siew Fun Liew, MPhil in progress

Primary Supervisor, Sybele Christopher, PhD in progress

Primary Supervisor, Scott Lamont, PhD in progress

Primary Supervisor, Jane Currie, PhD in progress

Primary Supervisor, Polly Grainger, PhD in progress

Primary Supervisor, Matthew Dutton, MN (Hons) in progress

Co-supervisor, Scott Lamont, MN (Hons), completed 2011

Primary Supervisor, Joanne Zhang, BN (Hons) completed 2011

Principal supervisor, Jann Foster, “The construction of the Nurse Practitioner role in New South Wales: An ethnographic study”, PhD completed 2010

Principal supervisor, Rachael Vernon “Legislation and policy drivers in competence requirements for registered nurses in New Zealand”, PhD completed 2013

Rachael received a Fulbright Senior Scholarship from the NZ Fulbright Chapter in 2010, the first nurse to receive the award in more than 35 years.

Co-supervisor, Greg Fairbrother “team based versus patient allocation systems in nursing: a comparative evaluation”, PhD completed in 2010

Co-supervisor, Suellen Allen, “The safety culture of maternity services in NSW", PhD completed 2009

Principal supervisor, Marcos Canda, "Home-based care for people living with HIV/AIDS in the City and Province of Maputo, Mozambique”, MN completed 2008

Principal supervisor, Mahalakshmi Ekambareshwar, “Evaluation of IIMS education and training and does web-based IIMS training support incident reporting”, MHS (Hons) completed 2009

Principal supervisor, Bernadette Eather, Failure to rescue: “The role of nurses in intervening for patients at risk in the acute ward setting”, DN completed 2009

Principal supervisor, Lisa Colley, “Why do Nurses write Poetry”, MA Completed 2007

Co-supervisor, Robyn Rosina, “Young people and chronic illness: A more responsive healthcare world”, DN Completed 2007

Panel supervisor, Janine Bothe, “An evolution of day surgery nursing: An action research process to improve principles of care for people having complex day surgery”, DN completed 2006

Principal supervisor, Beverley Mackay “An analysis of forces influencing innovative roles in Primary Health Care Nursing”, DN Completed 2006

Co-supervisor, Lois Hamlin, Setting the standard: “The role of the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses”, DN Completed 2006

Co-supervisor, Shelley Tranter, “From machine to patient: Shifting the focus of care within a hospital haemodialysis unit”, DN Completed 2006

Co-supervisor, Jenny Dempsey, “Fighting falls with actions research, a practice development project”, DN Completed 2006

Principal supervisor, Frances Hughes “Policy, politics and nursing: A case study of policy formation in New Zealand”, DN Completed 2005

In 2001, Frances was the first nurse to be awarded the Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare from the Commonwealth Fund in New York.

Associations

Editorial boards and review panels

  • Collegian Editorial Board (2007 to present)
  • Journal of Advanced Nursing Editorial Board (2006 to present)
  • Australian Health Law Bulletin Editorial Board (until 2001)
  • Health Care Analysis Editorial Board (until 1998)
  • Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners Editorial Board
  • Reviewer: Nursing Inquiry, BMJ, Australian Health Review

Awards and honours

1994-1995 Scholarships awarded by Edith Cavell Trust ($30,000), New South Wales Nurses' Registration Board ($7500) and Joyce Wickham Memorial Nursing Scholarship ($2000) to undertake full time study for PhD in 1994 total funds allocated $39,500

1984 Stuart Gershman Memorial Prize for Highest Marks in Criminal Law and Foundations of Law

1977 Edna Shaw Memorial Prize for the Highest Marks in Midwifery Nursing and Ward Practicals

Charles Ley Memorial Prize for the Highest Marks in the Midwifery Paper and Doctors Oral Examination

Thomas Dixon Hughes Memorial Prize for the Highest Aggregate Marks in the Midwifery Course

Keywords

Health law; Health ethics; Health services and management; Health policy

Selected grants

2011

  • LNK: 2011/Round2/ARC LP110200075, National registration of health practitioners: a comparative study; Bennett B, Carney T, Walton M, Mellish D, Chiarella M; Health Professional Councils Authority/Project Support.
  • National registration of health practitioners: a comparative study of the complaints and notification system under the national system and in NSW; Chiarella M, Walton M, Bennett B, Carney T, Kelly P, Foster J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Staunton, P., Chiarella, M. (2013). Law for Nurses and Midwives, 7th Edition. Sydney: Elsevier.
  • Vernon, R., Chiarella, M., Papps, E., Dignam, D. (2010). Evaluation of the Continuing Competence Framework. New Zealand: Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  • Chiarella, M., Staunton, P. (2008). Nursing & The Law. Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Chiarella, M., Staunton, P. (2007). Law for Nurses and Midwives, 7th Edition. Sydney: Elsevier.

Book Chapters

  • Chiarella, M. (2013). Legal Implications in Nursing Practice in Australia. In Jackie Crisp, Catherine Taylor, Clint Douglas, Geraldine Rebeiro (Eds.), Fundamentals of Nursing 4th Edition, (pp. 160-179). Chatswood, Sydney: Mosby.
  • Chiarella, M., Staunton, P. (2013). Professional Regulation of Nurses and Midwives. Law for Nurses and Midwives, 7th Edition, (pp. 253-287). Sydney: Elsevier.
  • Chiarella, M. (2009). Legal implications in nursing practice. In Crisp & Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 350-368). Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.
  • Chiarella, M. (2008). Legal Issues and the Community Nurse. In Dr Debbie Kralik & Dr Antonia van Loon (Eds.), Community Nursing in Australia, (pp. 54-69). Carlton, Vic 3153, Australia: Blackwell Publishers.

Journals

  • Chiarella, M., Adrian, A. (2014). Boundary violations, gender and the nature of nursing work. Nursing Ethics, 21(3), 267-277. [More Information]
  • Beaupert, F., Carney, T., Chiarella, M., Satchell, C., Walton, M., Bennett, B., Kelly, P. (2014). Regulating healthcare complaints: a literature review. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 27(6), 505-518. [More Information]
  • Dutton, M., Chiarella, M., Curtis, K. (2014). The role of the wound care nurse: an integrative review. British Journal of Community Nursing, 19(Sup3), S39-S47. [More Information]
  • Currie, J., Chiarella, M., Buckley, T. (2013). An investigation of the international literature on nurse practitioner private practice models. International Nursing Review, 60(4), 435-447. [More Information]
  • Lamont, S., Jeon, Y., Chiarella, M. (2013). Assessing patient capacity to consent to treatment: an integrative review of instruments and tools. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(17-18), 2387-2403. [More Information]
  • Vernon, R., Chiarella, M., Elaine, P. (2013). Assessing the Continuing Competence of Nurses in New Zealand. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 3(4), 1-6.
  • Lamont, S., Jeon, Y., Chiarella, M. (2013). Health-care professionals' knowledge, attitudes and behaviours relating to patient capacity to consent to treatment: An integrative review. Nursing Ethics, 20(6), 684-707. [More Information]
  • Vernon, R., Chiarella, M., Papps, E., Dignam, D. (2013). New Zealand nurses' perceptions of the continuing competence framework. International Nursing Review, 60(1), 59-66. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M., White, J. (2013). Which tail wags which dog? Exploring the interface between professional regulation and professional education. Nurse Education Today, 33(11), 1274-1278. [More Information]
  • Fowler, C., Lee, A., Dunstan, R., Chiarella, M., Rossiter, C. (2012). Co-producing parenting practice: learning how to do child and family health nursing differently. The Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing, 9(1), 7-11.
  • Westgarth, F., Chiarella, M., Tranter, S. (2012). The Haemodialysis Models of Care Program. Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 8(1), 23-30.
  • Vernon, R., Chiarella, M., Papps, E. (2011). Confidence in competence: legislation and nursing in New Zealand. International Nursing Review, 58(1), 103-108. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M., Roydhouse (nee Kronish), J. (2011). Hospital churn and casemix instability: implications for planning and educating the nursing workforce. Australian Health Review, 35(1), 95-98. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M. (2011). The quiet heroes. Nursing Standard, 25(43), 22-23. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M., Parker, V., Patterson, K. (2010). Advances in contemporary modeling of clinical nursing care. Foreword. Contemporary Nurse, 35(2), 131-132. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M., Salvage, J., McInnes, E. (2010). Celebrating connecting with Communities: coproduction in global Primary Health Care. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 11(2), 108-122. [More Information]
  • 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.
  • Allen, S., Chiarella, M., Homer, C. (2010). Lessons learned from measuring safety culture: an Australian case study. Midwifery, 26(5), 497-503. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M., McInnes, E. (2010). Who to turn to? 'Knowing the ropes' in an underbounded health care system. Contemporary Nurse, 36(1-2), 10-20. [More Information]
  • Dunston, R., Lee, A., Boud, D., Brodie, P., Chiarella, M. (2009). Co-Production and Health System Reform - From Re-Imagining to Re-Making. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 68(1), 39-52. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M., Thoms, D., Lau, C., McInnes, E. (2008). An overview of the competency movement in nursing and midwifery. Collegian, 15, 45-53. [More Information]
  • Cashin, A., Chiarella, M., Waters, D., Potter, E. (2008). Assessing Nursing Competency in the Correctional Environment. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 24(6), 267-273. [More Information]
  • 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), 77-83.
  • Chiarella, M. (2008). Practical legal issues in end of life care. Australian Nursing Journal, 15(8), 21. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M. (2007). Redesigning models of patient care delivery and organisation: building collegial generosity in response to workplace challenges. Australian Health Review, 31(Suppl 1), S-109-S-115.
  • Chiarella, M., Duffield, C. (2007). Workforce issues in palliative and end-of-life care. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 9(6), 334-341.
  • Wand, T., Chiarella, M. (2006). A conversation: Challenging the relevance and wisdom of separate mental health legislation. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 15(2), 119-127. [More Information]

Report

  • Chiarella, M. (2008). Australian Government National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission Discussion Paper: New and emerging nurse-led models of primary health care.
  • Chiarella, M., Lau, C. (2008). Second Report on the Models of Care Project : Workshops and Seminars February-December 2006.

2014

  • Chiarella, M., Adrian, A. (2014). Boundary violations, gender and the nature of nursing work. Nursing Ethics, 21(3), 267-277. [More Information]
  • Beaupert, F., Carney, T., Chiarella, M., Satchell, C., Walton, M., Bennett, B., Kelly, P. (2014). Regulating healthcare complaints: a literature review. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 27(6), 505-518. [More Information]
  • Dutton, M., Chiarella, M., Curtis, K. (2014). The role of the wound care nurse: an integrative review. British Journal of Community Nursing, 19(Sup3), S39-S47. [More Information]

2013

  • Currie, J., Chiarella, M., Buckley, T. (2013). An investigation of the international literature on nurse practitioner private practice models. International Nursing Review, 60(4), 435-447. [More Information]
  • Lamont, S., Jeon, Y., Chiarella, M. (2013). Assessing patient capacity to consent to treatment: an integrative review of instruments and tools. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(17-18), 2387-2403. [More Information]
  • Vernon, R., Chiarella, M., Elaine, P. (2013). Assessing the Continuing Competence of Nurses in New Zealand. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 3(4), 1-6.
  • Lamont, S., Jeon, Y., Chiarella, M. (2013). Health-care professionals' knowledge, attitudes and behaviours relating to patient capacity to consent to treatment: An integrative review. Nursing Ethics, 20(6), 684-707. [More Information]
  • Staunton, P., Chiarella, M. (2013). Law for Nurses and Midwives, 7th Edition. Sydney: Elsevier.
  • Chiarella, M. (2013). Legal Implications in Nursing Practice in Australia. In Jackie Crisp, Catherine Taylor, Clint Douglas, Geraldine Rebeiro (Eds.), Fundamentals of Nursing 4th Edition, (pp. 160-179). Chatswood, Sydney: Mosby.
  • Vernon, R., Chiarella, M., Papps, E., Dignam, D. (2013). New Zealand nurses' perceptions of the continuing competence framework. International Nursing Review, 60(1), 59-66. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M., Staunton, P. (2013). Professional Regulation of Nurses and Midwives. Law for Nurses and Midwives, 7th Edition, (pp. 253-287). Sydney: Elsevier.
  • Chiarella, M., White, J. (2013). Which tail wags which dog? Exploring the interface between professional regulation and professional education. Nurse Education Today, 33(11), 1274-1278. [More Information]

2012

  • Fowler, C., Lee, A., Dunstan, R., Chiarella, M., Rossiter, C. (2012). Co-producing parenting practice: learning how to do child and family health nursing differently. The Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing, 9(1), 7-11.
  • Westgarth, F., Chiarella, M., Tranter, S. (2012). The Haemodialysis Models of Care Program. Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 8(1), 23-30.

2011

  • Vernon, R., Chiarella, M., Papps, E. (2011). Confidence in competence: legislation and nursing in New Zealand. International Nursing Review, 58(1), 103-108. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M., Roydhouse (nee Kronish), J. (2011). Hospital churn and casemix instability: implications for planning and educating the nursing workforce. Australian Health Review, 35(1), 95-98. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M. (2011). The quiet heroes. Nursing Standard, 25(43), 22-23. [More Information]

2010

  • Chiarella, M., Parker, V., Patterson, K. (2010). Advances in contemporary modeling of clinical nursing care. Foreword. Contemporary Nurse, 35(2), 131-132. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M., Salvage, J., McInnes, E. (2010). Celebrating connecting with Communities: coproduction in global Primary Health Care. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 11(2), 108-122. [More Information]
  • Vernon, R., Chiarella, M., Papps, E., Dignam, D. (2010). Evaluation of the Continuing Competence Framework. New Zealand: Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  • 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.
  • Allen, S., Chiarella, M., Homer, C. (2010). Lessons learned from measuring safety culture: an Australian case study. Midwifery, 26(5), 497-503. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M., McInnes, E. (2010). Who to turn to? 'Knowing the ropes' in an underbounded health care system. Contemporary Nurse, 36(1-2), 10-20. [More Information]

2009

  • Dunston, R., Lee, A., Boud, D., Brodie, P., Chiarella, M. (2009). Co-Production and Health System Reform - From Re-Imagining to Re-Making. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 68(1), 39-52. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M. (2009). Legal implications in nursing practice. In Crisp & Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 350-368). Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.

2008

  • Chiarella, M., Thoms, D., Lau, C., McInnes, E. (2008). An overview of the competency movement in nursing and midwifery. Collegian, 15, 45-53. [More Information]
  • Cashin, A., Chiarella, M., Waters, D., Potter, E. (2008). Assessing Nursing Competency in the Correctional Environment. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 24(6), 267-273. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M. (2008). Australian Government National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission Discussion Paper: New and emerging nurse-led models of primary health care.
  • Chiarella, M. (2008). Legal Issues and the Community Nurse. In Dr Debbie Kralik & Dr Antonia van Loon (Eds.), Community Nursing in Australia, (pp. 54-69). Carlton, Vic 3153, Australia: Blackwell Publishers.
  • 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), 77-83.
  • Chiarella, M., Adrian, A. (2008), Nurse Practitioners in South Australia; Report for the review of processes for the implementaiton of the role. , , , 1-107.
  • Chiarella, M., Staunton, P. (2008). Nursing & The Law. Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Chiarella, M. (2008). Practical legal issues in end of life care. Australian Nursing Journal, 15(8), 21. [More Information]
  • Chiarella, M., Hardford, E., Lau, C. (2008), Report on the evaluation of Nurse / Midwife Practitioner and Clinical Nurse / Midwife Consultant Roles. , , , 1-50.
  • Chiarella, M., Lau, C. (2008). Second Report on the Models of Care Project : Workshops and Seminars February-December 2006.

2007

  • Chiarella, M., Staunton, P. (2007). Law for Nurses and Midwives, 7th Edition. Sydney: Elsevier.
  • Chiarella, M. (2007). Redesigning models of patient care delivery and organisation: building collegial generosity in response to workplace challenges. Australian Health Review, 31(Suppl 1), S-109-S-115.
  • Chiarella, M., Duffield, C. (2007). Workforce issues in palliative and end-of-life care. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 9(6), 334-341.

2006

  • Wand, T., Chiarella, M. (2006). A conversation: Challenging the relevance and wisdom of separate mental health legislation. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 15(2), 119-127. [More Information]

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