Elizabeth Kennedy is currently General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre which is Australia’s only public health service solely dedicated to cancer treatment, research and education. Peter Mac treats more cancer patients each year than any other hospital in Australia and its highly skilled medical, nursing and allied health team is backed by the largest cancer research group in the country. Every day at Peter Mac, teams of researchers investigate cancer at the laboratory bench, in the clinic and at the patient bedside: its perpetual research cycle is unique in cancer in Australia.
Until early 2014, Elizabeth was Corporate Counsel at Epworth HealthCare, a position she held for some four years, having been previously Corporate Counsel at The Royal Women’s Hospital for eight years, and prior to this Corporate Counsel of both the Royal Women’s and the Royal Children’s Hospitals from 2002.
Immediately prior to her appointment to Women's and Children's Health, Elizabeth was Corporate Counsel at Southern Health for 3.5 years, and prior to that was the corporate solicitor to the Australian Medical Association (Victoria).
The first half of her 40 year career as a lawyer was spent in law firms- she was a Consultant with Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper), and was a Partner of Darvall McCutcheon (which merged with Philips Fox in 1993).
Elizabeth specialises in health and medical law. She deals on a daily basis with a wide range of health professionals and hospitals and their issues. She has written many legal articles, and presented on many varied health and medical topics.
She is Chair of the Appeals Committees of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
She sits as the community member on disciplinary panels for AHPRA. Elizabeth is Adjunct Associate Professor (Practice) in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and taught the Subject MPH 2065 “Law for Health Systems” to post graduate students from 2003 –2016 and MPH 5307 “Introduction to Health Law”.
She is a currently a director of Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Care Network and has held a number of not for profit Board appointments throughout her career, including Monash Medical Centre, Alzheimer’s Victoria, Family Planning Victoria, and the Victorian Cytology Service.