Deborah is a Lecturer in Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
- 2015: PhD (ECU) on Antenatal clinic - using ethnographic methods to listen to the voices of pregnant adolescents
- 2006: Master of Midwifery (ECU) and postgraduate qualifications in sexual health (Curtin), community health - child and adolescent health (Curtin)
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
- 1997 - 2015: King Edward Memorial Hospital in a variety of roles though in the last ten years specialised in caring for young women pregnant during adolescence
- Deborah trained as a registered nurse and later a midwife in Salford UK.
- Australian College of Midwives(WA)
- Australian College of Nurses
- HERDSA Higher Education research and Development
- Sigma Theta Tau International
- CHNWA Community Health Nurses WA
- ABA Australian Breastfeeding Association
- CLCWA College of lactation consultants WA
- AAIMHI Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc.
- Miracle Babies Foundation (AUS).
Awards and recognition
- Deborah has been nominated and been a finalist twice in the Hesta Nursing Excellence awards (Western Australia) for her work with pregnant adolescents, once in the field of community health and again in the field of clinical excellence.
Research Areas and Interests
Deborah has interests in research involving all areas of midwifery including:
- Adolescent sexual health and pregnancy;
- Maternity care for marginalised groups;
- Infant, child and adolescent health including mental health; and
- Ways to support research within professional practice in nursing and midwifery.