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Dr Rochelle Wynne



Honorary Associate Professor


Faculty of Health


School of Nursing & Midwifery


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Science (Applied Statistics), Swinburne Univ. of Technology, 2012
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2010

+61 3 522 73228


Since becoming a Registered Nurse Rochelle has been an active clinical researcher in cardiothoracic patient care. With a focus on exploring patients' recovery trajectory, Rochelle's research to date has investigated the ways in which point of care nursing practice impacts on patient safety, quality of care and the patient experience. A quantitative researchers, Rochelle has expertise in logistic and multivariate regression, repeated measures, risk prediction modelling and propensity analyses. Rochelle has a keen interest in reducing unnecessary variation in patient recovery by investigating modifiable risk factors that prevent wellness, improving patient participation in care and testing interventions to optimise patient outcome. In addition to supervising higher degree and Honours students, to date Rochelle has had the priviledge of constant clinical engagement during her career which has enabled her to mentor numerous clinicians from a variety of disciplines in understanding, generating and translating evidence into practice. She is passionate about mentoring the next generation of clinical nursing researchers.

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Research interests

The key theme in Rochelle's program of research is patient recovery trajectory. Investigating the recovery trajectory generates evidence to benchmark nursing practice and to identify points of variation in care. While many patients recover according to an expected trajectory, for some there are minor or major deviations in recovery. Rochelle has a keen interest in reducing unnecessary variation in patient recovery with a view to developing and testing interventions to optimise patient outcome. The aims of her program of research are to identify risk factors that influence recovery trajectory, to explore factors associated with variability in expected recovery pathways and to explore pre-emptive strategies to reduce variation in care.

Rochelle has been an active clinical researcher in cardiothoracic patient care for over 2 decades with a particular interest in practice patterns in acute and critical care. Her work is primarily focused on the immediate postoperative management of cardiac surgical and lung cancer candidates and particular areas of interest include pulmonary dysfunction, pain, haemodynamic monitoring and thoracostomy tube management. Current and future research projects will investigate ways in which nursing practice is influenced by system, process or patient problems in terms of impact on patient safety, quality of care and the patient experience during their recovery trajectory. A quantitative researcher, Rochelle has expertise in logistic and multivariate regression, repeated measures, risk prediction modelling and propensity analyses.


Deakin University School of Nursing & Midwifery, Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research.

SPHERE: Member of Cardiac & Vascular Health Clinical Academic Group and Implementation Science Nursing & Midwifery Academy.

Sydney Health Partners: Member of Implementation Science Stream and Cardiovascular Stream.

Affiliate Member: ANZSCTS, Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain & Ireland, CSANZ.

Core Member WSU Translational Health research Institute (THRI).

Member of Australian Cardiovascular Aliiance, NSW Cardiovascular Research Network, European Society of Cardiology Assocaition of Cardiovascular Nursing & Allied Professionals (ACNAP), ACCCN and ACN.

Teaching interests

Supervision of Honours, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy students.

Rochelle's teaching expertise is focused on appraisal, understanding and use of evidence.

Knowledge areas

Rochelle has extensive experience in investigating quality and safety in clinical patient care, with a specific focus on cardiothoracic and acute care delivery as well as patient recovery trajectories.

Rochelle's teaching expertise is focused on appraisal, understanding and implementation of evidence for practice.

Rochelle has expertise in mixed methods with strenths in quantitative methodologies, particularly logisitic and multivariate regression, repeated measures analyses and propensity analysis.

Professional activities

Clinical Representative ANZSCTS National Database Steering Committee & Quality Audit Committee.

CSANZ Cardiovascular Nursing Council Executive Member.

Nursing Convenor for the 27th Annual Congress of the Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 16th-19th November, 2017.


Current Projects

Wynne R, Ferguson C, Dickson C, Le A, Campbell T, Everett B. Impact of an mHealth self-help intervention on readmission rates after adult cardiac surgery: a double blind pilot randomised controlled trial.

Wynne R, McTier L, Kerr D, Seevanagaham S, Skillington P, Tatoulis J, Driscoll A. 30-day readmission after adult cardiac surgery: a multisite prospective Australian study.

Wynne R, McTier L, Kerr D, Driscoll A. 30-day readmission after adult cardiac surgery: a retrospective national database study.

O'Flynn A, Lee D, Amarasekera A, Wynne R. Delirium detection in the community using the $AT: a feasibility study.

MacDonald A, Bishay R, Holdaway S, Driscoll S, Cisack C, Yap J, Tjung J, Ahlenstiel G, WynneR. The effect of grop versus indiviudal education on diabetes control in obese adults.

Vasquez D, dadich A, Egerton A, Napier F, Wynne R. Death in the acute care context: a retrosepctive review of eligibility criteria for end of life care.

Tilley D, Lewis D, Goulding L, Wynne R. Improving sexual health in marginalised and vulnerable patients: the role of the Nurse Practitioner in a primary health care service.

Dixon E, Murphy M, Varshney K, Wynne R. Care for the caregiver: staff well-being in the Emergency Department.

Matthews S, O'Neil A, Wynne R. The effect of sex on morbidity and mortality outcomes after adult cardiac surgery.

Fitzgerald S, McTier L, Wynne R. Inter-rater reliability of descriptors for classification of mucosal pressure injuries: a multisite prospective cross-sectional survey.

Jackson M, Brooks L, Wynne R, McTier L. Does gaming improve undergraduate nursing students engagement compared to traditional instruction?

Shaikh F, Ferguson C, Salamonsen Y, Wynne R, Inglis S. Pharmacological considerations for obese indivudals with atrial fibrillation.

Connore A, Elliot K, Wynne R. Bioscience and speciality nursing: a multi-method analysis of the implications of eLearning on practice knowledge.

McGrath M, McTier L, Wynne R, Duke M. Exploring the intersection between undergraduate nursing students transition to practice and work readiness.


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Pulmonary valve function late after Ross procedure in 443 adult patients

Tyson Fricke, Peter Skillington, William Shi, Edward Buratto, Rochelle Wynne, Marco Larobina, Leeanne Grigg

(2020), Vol. 109, pp. 1127-1131, The annals of thoracic surgery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

A unified call to action from Australian nursing and midwifery leaders: ensuring that Black lives matter

L Geia, K Baird, K Bail, L Barclay, J Bennett, O Best, M Birks, L Blackley, R Blackman, A Bonner, R Bryant AO, C Buzzacott, S Campbell, C Catling, C Chamberlain, L Cox, W Cross, M Cruickshank, A Cummins, H Dahlen, J Daly, P Darbyshire, P Davidson, E Denney-Wilson, R De Souza, K Doyle, A Drummond, J Duff, C Duffield, T Dunning, L East, D Elliott, R Elmir, D Fergie OAM, C Ferguson, R Fernandez, D Flower AM, M Foureur, C Fowler, M Fry, E Gorman, J Grant, J Gray, E Halcomb, B Hart, D Hartz, M Hazelton, L Heaton, L Hickman, C Homer AO, C Hungerford, A Hutton, D Jackson AO, A Johnson, M Kelly, A Kitson, S Knight, T Levett-Jones, D Lindsay, R Lovett, L Luck, L Molloy, E Manias, J Mannix, A Marriott, M Martin, D Massey, A McCloughen, S McGough, L McGrath, J Mills, B Mitchell, J Mohamed, J Montayre, T Moroney, W Moyle, L Moxham, H Northam OAM, S Nowlan, A O'Brien, O Ogunsiji, C Paterson, K Pennington, K Peters, J Phillips, T Power, N Procter, L Ramjan, N Ramsay, B Rasmussen, J Rihari-Thomas, B Rind, M Robinson, M Roche, K Sainsbury, Y Salamonson, J Sherwood, L Shields, J Sim, I Skinner

(2020), Vol. 56, pp. 297-308, Contemporary nurse, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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An international focus on cardiac surgery nursing: international visiting teams

Suzanne Fredericks, Rochelle Wynne, Geraldine Martorella, Maryann Onyeozirila, Samantha Willis, Felicia Kwaku, Sally Moon, Julie Sanders

(2020), Vol. 15, pp. 1-5, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Improved survival after the Ross procedure compared with mechanical aortic valve replacement

E Buratto, W Shi, R Wynne, C Poh, M Larobina, M O'Keefe, J Goldblatt, J Tatoulis, P Skillington

(2018), Vol. 71, pp. 1337-1344, Journal of the American college of cardiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The Ross procedure in adults presenting with bicuspid aortic valve and pure aortic regurgitation: 85% freedom from reoperation at 20 years

Chin Poh, Edward Buratto, Marco Larobina, Rochelle Wynne, Michael O'Keefe, John Goldblatt, James Tatoulis, Peter Skillington

(2018), Vol. 54, pp. 420-426, European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Prevalence and characteristics of urinary incontinence in a cohort of patients with chronic heart failure

K Poole, M Kerlin, R Wynne

(2017), Vol. 46, pp. 67-73, Heart and lung, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Protective lung strategies: a cross sectional survey of nurses knowledge and use in the emergency department

R Wynne, S Cornish, S Klim, A Kelly

(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 87-91, Australasian emergency nursing journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The trajectory of postoperative pain following mastectomy with and without paravertebral block

R Wynne, N Lui, K Tytler, C Koffsovitz, V Kirwa, B Riedel, S Ryan

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 234-242, Pain management nursing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Total arterial revascularization: a superior strategy for diabetic patients who require coronary surgery

J Tatoulis, R Wynne, P Skillington, B Buxton

(2016), Vol. 102, pp. 1948-1955, Annals of thoracils surgery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Obesity prevalence and associated outcomes in cardiothoracic patients: a single-centre experience

R Goh, J Darvall, R Wynne, J Tatoulis

(2016), Vol. 44, pp. 77-84, Anaesthesia and intensive care, North Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

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Total arterial revascularization: achievable and prognostically effective - a multicenter analysis

J Tatoulis, R Wynne, P Skillington, B Buxton

(2015), Vol. 100, pp. 1268-1275, The annals of thoracic surgery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

The Ross procedure using autologous support of the pulmonary autograft: techniques and late results

P Skillington, M Mokhles, J Takkenberg, M Larobina, M O'Keefe, R Wynne, J Tatoulis

(2015), Vol. 149, pp. S46-S52, Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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A prospective cohort study of the effects of adjuvant breast cancer chemotherapy on taste function, food liking, appetite and associated nutritional outcomes

A Boltong, S Aranda, R Keast, R Wynne, P Francis, J Chirgwin, K Gough

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-9, PLoS One, San Francisco, CA, C1

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A single centre point prevalence survey to determine prevalence of indwelling urinary catheter use and nurse-sensitive indicators for the prevention of infection

R Wynne, M Patel, N Pascual, M Mendoza, P Ho, D Qian, D Thangavel, L Law, M Richards, L Hobbs

(2014), Vol. 19, pp. 13-19, Healthcare infection, Clayton, Vic., C1-1

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Correlation of mutation status and survival with predominant histologic subtype according to the new IASLC/ATS/ERS lung adenocarcinoma classification in stage III (N2) patients

P Russell, S Barnett, M Walkiewicz, Z Wainer, M Conron, G Wright, J Gooi, S Knight, R Wynne, D Liew, T John

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 461-468, Journal of thoracic oncology, New York, N.Y., C1-1

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Long-term patency of 1108 radial arterial-coronary angiograms over 10 years

J Tatoulis, B Buxton, J Fuller, M Meswani, S Theodore, N Powar, R Wynne

(2009), Vol. 88, pp. 23-30, Annals of thoracic surgery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Surgical management of invasive pulmonary fungal infection in hematology patients

S Theodore, M Liava'a, P Antippa, R Wynne, A Grigg, M Slavin, J Tatoulis

(2009), Vol. 87, pp. 1532-1538, Annals of thoracic surgery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Safe use of recombinant activated factor VIIa for recalcitrant postoperative haemorrhage in cardiac surgery

J Tatoulis, S Theodore, M Meswani, R Wynne, C Hon-Yap, N Powar

(2009), Vol. 9, pp. 459-462, Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

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The normative distribution of chest tube drainage volume after coronary artery bypass grafting

R Wynne, M Botti, D Copley, M Bailey

(2007), Vol. 36, pp. 35-42, Heart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care, C1

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Risk factors for respiratory failure: differentiating association and outcome

R Wynne

(2005), Vol. 79, pp. 2199-2200, Annals of thoracic surgery, Netherlands, C1-1

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Ten Australian ICU nurses' perceptions of organisational restructuring

R Wynne

(2004), Vol. 17, pp. 16-24, Australian Critical Care, C1

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Effect of Three Wound Dressings on Infection, Healing Comfort, and Cost in Patients with Sternotomy Wounds: A Randomized Trial

R Wynne, M Botti, H Stedman, L Holsworth, M Harinos, O Flavell, C Manterfield

(2004), Vol. 125, pp. 43-49, Chest, C1

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Postoperative pulmonary dysfunction in adults after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass: Clinical significance and implications for practice

R Wynne, M Botti

(2004), Vol. 13, pp. 384-393, American Journal of Critical Care, C1

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Variable definitions: Implications for the prediction of pulmonary complications after adult cardiac surgery

R Wynne

(2004), Vol. 3, pp. 43-52, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, C1-1

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Clinical nurses' response to an environment of health care reform and organizational restructuring

R Wynne

(2003), Vol. 11, pp. 98-106, Journal of Nursing Management, C1

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The initiation and administration of drugs for advanced life support by critical care nurses in the absence of a medical practitioner

R Wynne, T Lodder, T Trapani, G Hanlon, C Cleary

(2002), Vol. 15, pp. 94-100, Australian Critical Care, C1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

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