Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Professor Deborah HatcherDeborah Hatcher

Professor Deborah Hatcher is the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. Her prior roles in the School include Deputy Dean, Operations and Strategy and Director of Academic Workforce, Parramatta. Deborah is a registered nurse and experienced academic with over 25 years of program co-ordination and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Deborah has worked at the University since 1987 in a number of governance roles including Head of Program Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), Head of Program Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) and joint Head of Program Bachelor of Nursing. Her teaching and research interests are in aged care, chronic care and primary health care. She currently supervises BN (Honours) and PhD students in aged care and palliative care. Deborah has completed a PhD and her thesis examined the experiences of older persons living in the community.


  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MHPEd University of New South Wales
  • BHSc University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury
  • DipTeach Australian College of Physical Education


  • Aged care
  • Primary health care
  • Chronic illness
  • Grounded theory and other qualitative research methods
  • Internationalisation of nursing education

Contact the Dean of Nursing and Midwifery
Kaitlyn Maucort
Executive Assistant
Telephone: (02) 9685 9817