Assoc Prof Deborah Wilson

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Dr Deb Wilson

Deborah Wilson

Rural Clinical School Co-Director

Room 232ARCS NW Hospitals Campus, Burnie

+61 3 6430 5925 (phone)

+61 3 6431 5670 (fax)

Assoc Prof Deb Wilson is the Co-Director of the Rural Clinical School and Associate Head, Acute Medical Education. Deb is a specialist anaesthetist with an interest in anaesthetic and intensive care services.  Deb also serves as a member of the Governing Council for the Tasmanian Health Service and is a supervisor of training for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Career summary


  • MBBS, University of Western Australia. 1989
  • FANZCA, Fellow, Australia. 1998
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals, University of Tasmania, Australia. 2013
  • Medical Administration, Australia. 2015


Before joining the University of Tasmania, Deb was a Visiting Medical Officer, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Tasmanian Health Organisation – North West and the North West Private Hospital. Deb served on the Tasmanian Health Organisation – North West Governing Council and on the Audit and Risk sub-committee. Deb has held an Honorary Specialist Appointment at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, was a Fellow in Obstetric Anaesthetics at the British Columbian Women's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada and a Registrar in Anaesthesia at the Western Australian Anaesthetic Training Program.  Deb undertook her residency at the Royal Hobart Hospital and her Internship at Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia.  Deb earned her MBBS at the University of Western Australia in 1988 and became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 1998.

Research Themes

Deb's research aligns to the University's theme of Better Health. Her research interests include clinical supervision and teaching.


Professional practice

  • Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  • Tasmanian Health Service Governing Council

Committee associations

  • Member of the Tasmanian School of Medicine 4/5 Committee, responsible for curriculum development and assessment for the clinical years of the MBBS course

Administrative expertise

Deb is Co-Director of the Rural Clinical School, managing the facilities, budget, academic staffing and teaching and performance management of academic staff, and Associate Head, Acute Medical Education.Deb is a member of the Tasmanian Health Service Governing Council, delivering health policy, audit and risk and quality assurance in the public health service.


Acute medical education, Advanced Life Support (ALS), airway management.

Teaching expertise

Deb has extensive teaching expertise in clinical medicine and is a champion of workplace based assessment.  She is Director of Advanced Life Support courses run through the simulated learning environment at the RCS, participated in the ANZCA Curriculum review working committee which resulted in the 2014 ANZCA Training Curriculum, and is an ANZCA supervisor of Training for Anaesthesia. As Associate Head of Acute Medical Education at the RCS, Deb coordinates the Year 4 teaching program which integrates class-based teaching with clinical placements.

Deb has also co-designed and delivered workshops for local practitioners to improve the quality of supervision of medical students.

Teaching responsibility

Deb coordinates and teaches into the 4th Year Medical Program at the Rural Clinical School:

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Early in her career Deb's research interest lay specifically in clinical anaesthesia.  Deb undertook research investigating anaesthetic management during Caesarean delivery, and evaluating pain management in children. Having settled in the regional and rural North West Tasmania, Deb is passionate about rural medical education and delivery of health systems in rural areas.  Deb has undertaken research into clinical teaching and learning, and on rural workforce outcomes resulting from rural training activity through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) programme.


  • Abbotts Young Investigator Award (1996)
  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Formal Project Prize (1996)

Research Fields

  • Community Child Health (111704)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Emergency Medicine (110305)

Research Impact

  • Rural Health (920506)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Child Health (920501)


Total publications


Journal Article

(2 outputs)
2015Allen P, Cheek C, Foster S, Ruigrok M, Wilson D, et al., 'Low acuity and general practice-type presentations to emergency departments: A rural perspective', Emergency Medicine Australasia, 27, (2) pp. 113-118. ISSN 1742-6723 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1742-6723.12366 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Allen P; Cheek C; Foster S; Shires L


2015Shires L, Allen P, Cheek C, Wilson D, 'Regional universities and rural clinical schools contribute to rural medical workforce, a cohort study of 2002 to 2013 graduates', Rural and Remote Health, 15 Article 3219. ISSN 1445-6354 (2015) [Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Shires L; Allen P; Cheek C

Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2015Wilson D, Allen P, Cheek C, Shires L, Foster S, et al., 'Are rural Emergency Departments supplementing General Practice', Program of the 2015 International conference on health system innovation, 18-20 March, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, pp. 1. (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Allen P; Cheek C; Shires L; Foster S; Ruigrok M

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



The prevalence of asthma in 6 to 8 year old children in rural Tasmania (2013)$31,804
This study aims to determine the prevalence of asthma in children in North West Tasmania. It will assist in identifying risk factors and informing appropriate provision of health services.
Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust ($31,804)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Weber HC; Wilson D; Shires SE; Cheek CG