If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


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

External positions

Director, Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria

Human Ethics and Research Committee Member, Peninsula Health

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 2002 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
2 Citations (Scopus)

Scope of practice and workforce issues confronting Australian Enrolled Nurses: A qualitative analysis

McKenna, L., Wood, P., Williams, A., O'Connor, M., Moss, C., Griffiths, D., Della, P., Endacott, R. & Cross, W., Feb 2019, In : Collegian. 26, 1, p. 80-85 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

The trouble with reporting and utilization of workplace violence data in health care

Morphet, J., Griffiths, D. & Innes, K., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Nursing Management. 27, 3, p. 592-598 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Workplace violence perpetrated by clients of health care: A need for safety and trauma-informed care

Beattie, J., Griffiths, D., Innes, K. & Morphet, J., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Nursing. 28, 1-2, p. 116-124 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Endeavoring to Contextualize Curricula Within an EBP Framework: A Grounded Theory Study

Malik, G., McKenna, L. & Griffiths, D., 1 Dec 2018, In : Western Journal of Nursing Research. 40, 12, p. 1765-1784 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2013 2013

  • 1 Thesis Examination
  • 1 Non-HDR Supervisions