Ms Deb Rawlings

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Health Sciences (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 having trained, and worked clinically, in both oncology and palliative care. She has worked in palliative care in hospice, community and hospital.

Deb has previously been engaged with 3 Australian Commonwealth funded projects (2004-2017): the National Rural Palliative Care Program, the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) and CareSearch. Deb is now a co-lead investigator on the End of Life Essentials project (2017- ).

Deb was an author and moderator on each Dying2Learn Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Her present role is as 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 at Flinders University


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

Honours, awards and grants


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

Devery K, Rawlings D, Morgan D. ‘End of Life Essentials for Acute Hospital Clinicians’. Public Health and Chronic Disease Grant Program National Palliative Care Projects. ($743,061). 2017-2020

Tieman J, Rawlings D ‘Online Toolkit for Carers and Practitioners Helping People with Intellectual Disability Understand Dying and Death’ The University of Sydney. ($39,317) 2017-2018

Tieman J, Rawlings D, Hayman S. A Report to identify local, national and international tools or resources to inform the web-based resource: Palliative and end of life care; a blueprint for improvement. ACI NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation ($14,437.20) 2014

Rawlings D. Flinders University Knowledge Exchange Grant: Palliative care link nurses: working together to improve care ($6,848.00) 2011


Palliative Care Australia National Awards 2017. Innovation in Palliaitve Care Award for the CareSearch Dying2Learn MOOC

CNSA Congress 2017. Best Poster - Near Death experience and Nursing practice: Lessons from the palliative care literature

PCNA Confernece 2010 -Vivian Bullwinkel Memorial Lecture (Best Abstract)

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
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