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Debra is a registered nurse, midwife and lawyer with many years of clinical experience in Australia and Britain. She practiced law in Melbourne before joining Monash University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. Debra has combined her legal and health expertise to provide education in relation to the law and clinical practice. She has taught in a range of areas including nursing, midwifery, medicine, paramedic studies, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Debra was an inaugural director of the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria. A competitive grant she received has resulted in the development of a medium fidelity interprofessional simulation laboratory at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Peninsula campus.

Monash teaching commitment

Medicolegal issues in clinical practices

Research interests

  • Occupational violence in healthcare
  • End of life decision-making
  • Documentation of elderly citizens transferred to hospital
  • Interprofessional care in the emergency department
  • National competency standards for enrolled nurses
  • Interprofessional simulation laboratories

Research methodologies

  • Qualitative methods including grounded theory
  • Mixed methods

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Director, Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria

Human Ethics and Research Committee Member, Peninsula Health


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