Deb Carnes

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Deb Carnes


Room N227, Building N, Newnham Campus

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Career summary


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Prior to commencing employment at the University of Tasmania in Dec 2011, Ms Carnes had worked in a variety of areas in both public and private sectors including emergency, rural and aged care and after-hours telephone triage, union organising and working as an electorate officer for a Federal MP.

In July-August 2011 Ms Carnes spent two weeks in Slovenia undertaking formal training in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). This is an emerging method that she is using for her PhD Getting the Truth: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Rural Nurses' Attitude to Safety Climate and their Views of Reporting a Hypothetical Medication Error which is due for completion in mid-2015.

Research Themes

Ms Carnes research aligns with the University's research theme of Better Health. Her main research interest is health services research, with a focus on safety and quality improvement. Other key areas of research interest for Ms Carnes are complexity in health care (in particular the use of Complexity Science as a framework for health services research), rural health research, and the social determinants of health and chronic disease.


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  • Expertise in Configurational Methods (Qualitative Comparative Analysis) and related software
  • Inferntial statistics
  • NVivo 10

Research Fields

  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Nursing (111099)

Research Impact

  • Injury Control (920409)
  • Health Policy Evaluation (920208)
  • Rural Health (920506)
  • Nursing (920210)
  • Workplace Safety (940505)


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Total publications


Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
2014Carnes DM, 'Swiss cheese, butterflies and algebra: Looking ahead at an innovative approach for researching culture and safety', IAMU AGA 15 - Looking Ahead: Innovation in Maritime Education, Training and Research, 27-30 October 2014, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 247-259. ISBN 978-0-9806391-4-8 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Carnes DM, 'Charms, challenges and hidden gems, reflecting on the use of QCA for a health care PhD', Proceedings of the First International Conference on Public Policy, 26-28 June 2013, Grenoble, France (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Carnes D, 'Rural nurses' views of error reporting/disclosure', 1st International Incident Disclosure Conference Abstracts, 4-6 October 2012, Sydney, pp. 20. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Carnes DM, 'Hearing the voice of nurses in order to deal with health care error', Australasian Melbourne Meeting for Voices at Work' Online papers, 20 - 21 July, Melbourne, pp. e. (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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