DR Suzanne Rollinson

DR Suzanne Rollinson


  • Wound treatment and prevention (Chronic wounds (leg ulcers, pressure injuries))



  • Dr Suzanne Kapp is a registered nurse who has experience in the acute, sub-acute, community and residential aged care settings. While wound management is her area of clinical and research expertise, her knowledge and skills apply to a range of areas in chronic disease and healthcare more broadly. Suzanne maintains her clinical practice in her honorary role at the Austin Health Wound Clinic in Heidelberg Victoria, to remain well connected with healthcare consumers and health care professionals, and to maintain and improve her nursing practice. 

    Suzanne completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2016, her mixed methods research investigating self-treatment of chronic wounds. Her previous studies have included a Master of Nursing Science (minor thesis), a Post Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing (community health nursing) and a Bachelor of Nursing. Most recently she completed formal project management training resulting in certification as a Prince2 Registered Practitioner. 

    Suzanne works in the Department of Nursing at The University of Melbourne where she supports the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice programs, in particular research methods training and minor thesis coordination. 

    Suzanne’s research interests and areas of expertise are:
    •   Chronic wound prevention and management
    •   Evaluation of wound treatments and therapies
    •   Patient enablement, patient education and self-management
    •   System and out-of-pocket healthcare costs
    •   E-health, wound imaging and wound measurement
    •   Implementation of clinical practice guidelines
    •   Scope of practice
    •   Research governance


Member of

  • Nurses Memorial Centre. A ‘living memorial’ to the Australian nurses who gave their life or spent years in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. 2014 -
  • Australasian Telehealth Society. Peak body for those involved in telehealth in Australia and New Zealand. 2012 -
  • Wounds Australia. The peak body for wounds care and management in Australia through advocacy, education and research 2002 -
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation. Union for Australian registered nurses, enrolled nurses, midwives, and assistants in nursing. 1998 -
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Regulatory Board for Australian health Practitioners 1998 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Current:

    Kapp, S. & Santamaria, N. The reliability of the Capacity for Self-treatment of Chronic Wounds Scale (CSCWS). The University of Melbourne, funded by the Australian Wound Management Association Research Foundation ($10,000).

    McGuiness, W., Miller, C., Kapp, S., Puyk, K. & Housiaex, D.The MicroPUPP Trial. La Trobe University, funded by Smith & Nephew ($194,000).

    Santamaria, N., Gerdtz, M., Dealey, C., Liu, W., Kapp, S., Newell, N., Gefen, A. & Liew, D. The Border III Aged Care Pressure Injury Prevention Trial. Melbourne Health & The  University of Melbourne, funded by Molnlycke Health Care, Sweden ($240,000) and the Wound Management Innovation Co-operative Research Centre ($150,000).

    McGuiness, W., Miller, C., Woodward, M., Kapp, S. & Sage, S., et al. The Wound ELECT Trial. La Trobe University, funded by Body Flow International ($900,000).

    Edwards H., Ogrin R., Hodgkinson B., Smith D., Finlayson K., Miller C., Burrows P., Coleman  K., Gibb M., Kapp S., Tennant R., Francis M. & Parker C. et., al. (2013-2015).  Wound Risk Assessment and Prevention Study. Queensland University of Technology and  the Wound Management Innovations CRC ($589,839).

    Tyler, M., Towers, C., Herbert, M., Kapp, S. & Advocat, J. (2012-2014).  Integrated Telehealth Project Funded by the Australian Government under the National  Broadband Network (NBN) Enabled Telehealth Pilots Project. ($2,993,037).

    Kapp, S., Miller, C., Newall, N., Lewin, G., Wilson, L., Pout, C. & Woodward, M. (2011-2014). Better wound practice for people with or at risk of wounds in the community  Project. Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services under the  Encouraging Better Pr



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2017
  • MNSci, La Trobe University 2007
  • PGDipAdvNsg(Comm), La Trobe University 2003
  • BN, La Trobe University 1999

Awards and honors

  • Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum Scholarship, Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, 2017



Available for supervision

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