Professor Emerita Mary Chiarella AM
RN, RM, LLB (Hons), PhD (UNSW)

Mary’s career spans 40 years both in the United Kingdom and Australia. Mary is Professor Emerita, Susan Wakil School 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. She is a Board member of Northern Sydney LHD and chairs their Health Care Quality Committee. She also serves on the Health Ethics Advisory Panel to the NSW Minister for Health and the Clinical Governance Advisory Committee to healthdirect Australia.


Mary’s particular research interests focus on legal, policy and ethical issues in nursing, midwifery and health care delivery. She publishes and speaks nationally and internationally on her work.  She was awarded an AM for significant contributions to nursing and midwifery education and healthcare standards in June 2019 and was awarded the title of Professor Emerita by the University of Sydney on May 1st this year.