Ms Deb Rawlings


College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Research expertise

My research interests are in the death doula role in end of life care, bereavement rituals and practice change.

Research expertise

My research interests are in the death doula role in end of life care, bereavement rituals and practice change.

place Health Sciences Building (3.25)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I have over 30 years experience in Palliative and End of Life Care. My background is in nursing having trained, and worked clinically, in both oncology (7 years) and palliative care (13 years). I worked in palliative care in Hospice, community and hospital.

I have previoulsy worked on 3 Commonwealth funded projects (2004-2017) - the National Rural Palliative Care Program, the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) and CareSearch. I am now a co-investigator on a 4th project - End of Life Essentials (2017- ). I was an author and moderator on the Dying2Learn Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from 2016 to 2018.

My present role is as an academic and researcher in Palliative and Supportive Services in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.


RN, Onc Cert.

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

Honours, awards and grants


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

I am a member of the Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee

Research interests

Research ethics

Death Doulas

End of Life care and education

Teaching interests

Research ethics in vulnerable populations

Topic coordinator
PALL9001 End of Life Care in Acute Care Settings
PALL8436 Palliative Care in Aged Care Settings
PALL8441 Understanding Cancer
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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