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Dr Deborah Prior

 RN ( UK) DipAppSci (QIT) B AppSci (QUT) MSc ( Flinders ) PhD (UQ) FRCNA

 Consultant in Learning and Development

Deborah has many years experience in the education, research and social policy development area of palliative care. She has been a key member of the curriculum development team and coordinator of the first formal course in palliative care for RNs in Queensland. 


Deborah has contributed to policy and strategic development in palliative care at state and national levels in her former position as Chairperson of Palliative Care Queensland (PCQ) and Executive Member of Palliative Care Australia. 


Deborah currently serves as Chairperson (Honorary) with Karuna Hospice Services, President of Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses, and is a Member of the Board of Councillors of Cancer Council Queensland. Deborah’s area of scholarship is in medical anthropology, and for her PhD thesis she explored the meaning of cancer for Aboriginal women. Her purpose in pursuing this line of inquiry was to determine the construct of culturally appropriate palliative care and cancer related public health programs for this population.


Deborah’s principal research and education interests are to develop culturally competent models of palliative care for Indigenous Australians and other marginalised groups, and to promote a culturally centred approach to assessment and symptom management. Deborah's other major research interest is the palliative care needs of patients and families dealing with end-stage heart failure.

Last updated: 26 September 2013