Ms Deb Rawlings

Academic Level C

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Bedford Park (3.25)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Deb has over 30 years experience in Palliative and End of Life Care. Her background is in nursing (oncology and palliative care) and she has worked clinically in palliative care in hospice, community and hospital. Deb has previously been engaged with 3 Australian Commonwealth funded projects (2004-2017) and is now a Co-Lead Investigator on the End of Life Essentials project. Deb was an author and moderator on the very successful Dying2Learn Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).

Deb is an academic and researcher in Palliative and Supportive Services in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is a member of the Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying. Deb's interests lie in dying in acute hospital, death doulas, bereavement rituals and compassionate communities.


BSc (Hons) Nursing, Grad Cert Education (Higher Educ), MPH.

Honours, awards and grants

Recent Grants

Rawlings, Devery, Tieman. Rapid review of best practice principles, processes, and organisational pre-requisites for delivering safe and high quality End-of-Life care in Aged Care and Community Settings. Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care ($84,436). 2021

Devery K, Rawlings D. End-of-Life Essentials for Acute Hospital Clinicians'. National Palliative Care Projects Grants, ($996,125) 2020-2023.

Rawlings, Tieman, Devery. Rapid review of the literature to inform an update to the National Consensus Statement. Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Health Care. ($62, 078). 2020

  • Death Doulas