Ms Deb Rawlings

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt West (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 where she is Course Coordinator of postgraduate palliative care and 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

Current Grants

Rawlings, Devery, Tieman. Rapid review of best practice principles, processes, and prganiaitonal pre-requisites for delivering safe and high qulaity 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

Consortium member. Education and assessment for psychosocial and existential wellbeing in palliative care, David Kissane (lead). National Palliative Care Projects Grants, 2020-2023

Key responsibilities

Course Coordinator, Palliative Care & Palliative Care in Aged Care postgraduate program

Deb is a member of the Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee

Topic coordinator
PALL8442 Adolescent and Young Adult Palliative Care
PALL8435 Issues in Care of the Spirit in Palliative Care
PALL8433 Paediatric Palliative Care
PALL8434 Oncology for Palliative Care
Topic lecturer
AGES9026 Design and Ethics in Research with Vulnerable Populations