Rachel graduated with a PhD in Medicine at the University of Adelaide in December 2004 having focused on a new aspect of supportive care in cancer. Specifically she studied the underlying pathogenesis of gut toxicity following chemotherapy under the supervision of Professor Dorothy Keefe and Associate Professor Adrian Cummins. Following the completion of her PhD she was awarded a Cancer Council South Australia Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (2004-2009) to continue her research into gut toxicity at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. In 2008 Rachel took up an academic position within the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide. She was quickly promoted in 2010 to Senior Lecturer and in 2014 to Associate Professor. She took up the role of Dean: Academic at the University of South Australia in 2016.
Rachel is currently the Scientific Chair for the 2017 Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer symposium, held in Washington DC (USA).