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Rachael Nightingale

Communications and Media Manager

“AMR could undo decades of medical progress, as many lifesaving treatments will no longer work. Thankfully there are lots of incredible stories about how people are tackling the issue. I want to share as many of these stories as possible and raise awareness about this critical global threat. The AMR story is one that needs to be told.”


Rachael Nightingale is a high-performing leader, values-driven professional and Communications and Media Manager at SAAFE CRC. Her diverse professional background spans roles in the retail, not-for-profit, consultancy, local government, health and tertiary education sectors across the United Kingdom and Australia.

A highly experienced communications professional, Rachael is well-acquainted with the pivotal role of effective communications in an organisation’s ability to deliver its strategic priorities.

Empathy is at the heart of Rachael’s communications approach. As a tertiary qualified journalist, she understands that purpose-led, captivating storytelling is key to forging lasting stakeholder relationships, bridging industry divides, and helping audiences understand the growing global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Rachael began her career in broadcast media. She swapped the airwaves for the pen in 2003 to cut her teeth in the world of communications, public relations and marketing, and hasn’t looked back since. Following a seven-year stint in the United Kingdom, she returned to Australia in 2010 to work for the likes of Ogilvy, Oxfam, SPC Global, Coles and Officeworks in Melbourne.

After moving back to her home state of South Australia, in 2018 she joined the University of Adelaide as Communications and Events Manager in the External Relations branch. Seeing the influence of cross-sector engagement on delivering real world research outcomes firsthand, it was a natural progression for her to join SAAFE CRC in late-2022.

As our Communications and Media Manager, Rachael is focused on raising the profile of One Health AMR research on the national and global stage, facilitating connection across stakeholder groups, and ensuring the public understand the many ways AMR threatens our everyday lives.