Deb Carnes

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Deb Carnes


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Deb is a lecturer in Nursing at the School of Health Sciences in Nursing. Her primary teaching roles relate to the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing. She also undertakes research in the areas of safety, quality and complexity.


Prior to commencing employment at Utas in Dec 2011 Deb 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 electorate officer for a Federal MP. 

In July-August 2011 she spent two weeks in Slovenia undertaking formal training in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). She was the first Australian to complete this course. QCA was the method applied in 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.

Career summary


  • PhD, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2015
  • MNurs, Monash, Australia. 2000
  • BN, University of Tasmania, Australia. 1994


Professional practice

  • Member, Australian College of Nursing. Member of College's Rural Nursing and Midwifery Community of Interest Advisory Committee.
  • Member International College of Nurses Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Nurses Network, Rural and Remote Nurse Network.


Medication safety, Resilience in emergencies, Research methods, Primary Health Care/Health promotion, Complexity Theory, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Teaching expertise

Deb's primary teaching expertise is in the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing. She has co-ordinated medication management for nurses as well as assisted in co-ordination of the undergraduate nursing research unit. She has also taught the unit Health care where people live and work.

In 2014 Deb supervised a student undertaking research project units in the Master of Counselling course.

Currently she is also working with staff from AMC and Faculty of Education on the development of the breadth unit Resilience in the face of emergencies.

Teaching responsibility

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Deb is one of the few people in Australia with expertise in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). She also has experience in statistical analysis, particularly inferential statistics and principal components analysis.

Her fields of research interest include safety, quality and health service improvement. Collaborating with other researchers outside health care in the area of safety and resilience are of a particular interest to her.

Research Themes

Deb's research applies to the University's research theme of Better Health. Her main area of research interest is within the Faculty of Health theme of Health Care and Support Services with a focus on safety and quality improvement. The other key area of research interest for Deb is complexity in health care and in particular the use of complexity theory as a framework for health services research.

These two areas were central to Deb's PhD which is used the configurational method of qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) in the area of safety climate and views of reporting medication error in rural clinical settings. She also have broad interest in rural health research and the social determinants of health and chronic disease.

Deb is also working to develop her research profile in these areas through participation in the Positive Wards Project in an Early Career Researcher capacity. She also undertook a primary health care practitioner secondment with the Centre for Rural Health working on the Virtual Tours project from July-Dec 2015.

Fields of Research

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

Research Objectives

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


Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2015Carnes D, Kilpatrick S, Iedema R, 'Aged-care nurses in rural Tasmanian clinical settings more likely to think hypothetical medication error would be reported and disclosed compared to hospital and community nurses', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 23, (6) pp. 346-351. ISSN 1038-5282 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12229 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Kilpatrick S; Iedema R


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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(1 outputs)
2015Carnes DM, 'Getting the truth : a qualitative comparative analysis of rural nurses' attitude to safety climate and their views of reporting a hypothetical medication error' (2015) [PhD]

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