Dr Debbie Long is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology. In addition to an undergraduate degree in Nursing, Debbie has completed a Master of Nursing (Critical Care). Debbie was then awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from Griffith University in 2012. Debbie's prior roles have been clinically based as the Nursing Lead for research in the PICU at both the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Queensland Children’s Hospital since 2004. She has held senior nursing roles within the PICU since 1998.
Debbie is currently recognised as a leader in the area of paediatric intensive care nursing. She has a special interest in the medical and nursing treatments that contribute to improved outcomes in paediatric critical illness (Liberation) and improving outcomes in PICU survivors. She has also published widely in the areas of sedation, delirium and post-traumatic stress in the PICU. In recent years, Debbie's work has increasingly focused on raising awareness of post-intensive care syndrome - paediatrics (PICS-p) and patient-centred health care models for children following critical illness. Her vision is to help all children who have survived a critical illness to recover; by supporting health systems to detect vulnerabilities early and enable targeted interventions to optimise outcomes.
In 2018, Debbie was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore international PICU long term outcome services and practical management strategies.