Dr Irene Rogers (PhD, BA(Hons), BA, RN) PhD research was based on a group of Australian nurses who worked for the French Army during WW1. Prior to undertaking this research Dr Rogers had worked for many years as a humanitarian nurse in areas of conflict and post conflict around the world and continues to be a Registered Nurse.
After completing her studies, she returned to community work, mainly in a voluntary capacity. This included giving lectures to groups and teaching short courses about the history of medicine and nursing.
Dr Rogers loves research and still presents at conferences, publishes papers and has undertaken radio interviews for special events in the history of Australia at war. She is currently working on a book based on her doctoral research.
Her work as a humanitarian nurse also continues and she has recently been in Zimbabwe helping strengthen HIV programs and educating vulnerable women. Teaching nurses in Sri Lanka is also a passion of hers.
Appointed as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences has enabled Dr Rogers to promote the University through her activities. She aims to make meaningful connections between CQU and the community whenever possible. She believes the power to change things is greatest when universities partner with the community.