A/Prof Kelly Rogerson



Adjunct Associate Professor

Kelly is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience in the areas of intensive care, surgical (acute, emergency and elective) community and medical nursing, recruitment and retention, waiting list management, project management, lean methodologies, re design, quality systems and health care improvement, accreditation, clinical risk and root cause analysis, falls and pressure injuries, clinical practice and nursing management.

She is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Palliative Care South East and has held previous roles as General Manager Director Specialty Medicine, Cancer and Critical Care Services at Monash Health.  Roles such as Director of Nursing at Jessie McPherson, Private Hospital, a tertiary facility co located with Monash Health illustrate her strong focus on professional nursing practice. Kelly was previously the Director of Nursing and Operations for DonateLife Victoria which provides the organ donation services to Victoria. Recent roles include Deputy Director of Nursing: Clinical Practice at Southern Health in Victoria, 1200+ beds, a large Metropolitan tertiary teaching hospital where the focus was improving and aligning nursing practice with a workforce of over 6000 nurses. From 2006 to 2010 Kelly was the Quality Manager at Casey, Cranbourne and Dandenong hospitals, Victoria, 700+ beds metropolitan teaching facilities.

Kelly’s work experienced has included Nurse Unit Manager roles within Surgical Acute/Elective /Colorectal and mixed surgical wards. She was part of the team who opened Casey hospital from its inception in 2004 and was further involved in the expansion of this site in 2018. She has held roles incorporating post-acute care, and community based case management of post-acute patients. She has further experience as an Intensive Care Nurse and Registered Nurse within metropolitan and regional settings. She provides expert witness reports to a number of legal firms on nursing practice, including expert conclaves and court appearances. She has experience in matters of Governance, system redesign and project management, including leading large and small teams and change. The focus of her recent roles have been improving clinical care, nursing education, falls, pressure injuries, deteriorating patient management and systems and organ and tissue donation. She is an experienced health care professional having held senior management roles in both the public and private health care sectors. She has a particular interest in professional practice, surgical post-operative units, falls, and improving nursing care delivery from a client drive approach.

Research interests

  • Nursing staff engagement
  • Carer experiences in palliative care
  • Operational capability planning.