Dr Narelle Story

BN MN UWS PhD Sydney
Nursing and Midwifery Academic Operations/Discipline of Nursing and Midwifery

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

Telephone 0291144182

Biographical details

Dr Story began her nursing career in Sydney and specialised in colorectal and general surgical nursing. She has worked in both private and public hospitals, in developed countries (Australia and the United States), and in a developing country (Timor Leste).

In the USA, Dr Story developed an interest in the surgical treatment of obesity. Her keen interests in this emerging specialty led her to become the Bariatric Program Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. Upon her return to Australia, Dr Story maintained this clinical interest in Sydney where she was appointed as the Clinical Nurse Manager of the Sydney Institute for Obesity Surgery.

Dr Story commenced her PhD in 2011 at The University of Sydney. She undertook a multi-centre international study to measure the eating behaviours of patients before and one year after metabolic (bariatric) surgery. Participants were drawn from ten separate obesity surgery clinics in Australia, the USA and New Zealand.. As knowledge of the mechanisms of surgery continues to emerge, Dr Story explored patients’ expectations of surgery and their perceptions of the ways in which surgery would promote weight loss. In addition, Dr Story explored factors that influenced patients’ choice of metabolic procedure.

Research interests

Dr Story finds patient decision making an extremely interesting field. This involves the manner in which information is presented or framed to patients who seek metabolic surgery, the formulation of patients’ preferences for metabolic procedures, and nurses as educators and supporters of patients in both their selection of procedure and in their long term care.

Other interests include the education of under-graduate and post graduate nurses and other health care professionals in the study of obesity, and in the surgical treatment and management of patients who undergo metabolic surgery.

Teaching and supervision

Dr Story is teaching in the areas of acute illness care and health assessment within pre-registration programs. She is also the Academic Advisor to first year students in the BN(AS) program..

Current projects

As an early career researcher, Dr Story is exploring the framing of metabolic/bariatric surgery in the context of nursing education, and the perceptions of metabolic/bariatric surgery amongst Australian pre-registration students.

In the USA, Dr Story is a co-investigator of a study into the perceived value of certification of bariatric nurses in the USA.


ANZMOSS (Australian and New Zealand Metabolic Obesity Surgery Society) Board member

ANZMOSSNursing Special Interest Group

ANZMOSS Associate member

ANZMOSS Conference organizing committee member

ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery) Integrated Health member

ASMBS Certified Bariatric Nurse Certification Committee member

Awards and honours

Dr Story was awarded the inaugural Jamieson Scholarship in 2014 by ANZMOSS (formerly OSSANZ) to promote and encourage research and its presentation. The award was open to nursing and allied health clinicians, medical students, surgical registrars and surgical trainees. Dr Story is the only nurse to have been awarded this scholarship.

Other awards are:

Australian Post-Graduate Award 2013-2014: The University of Sydney

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme: The University of Sydney 2011, 2012, 2013

The Western Sydney Area Health Service Prize for Dux of Bachelor of Nursing degree: University of Western Sydney, 1996

James Sullivan Memorial Scholarship for highest achievement in clinical nursing: University of Western Sydney, 1995


Surgery; Nursing practice; Obesity & overweight; Chronic disease; Metabolic/bariatric

Clinical Specialty


International links

United States

(University of Pittsburgh) Co-investigator with Dr William Gourash on "The perceived value of bariatric nurse certification", presented at Obesity Week, New Orleans 2016.

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