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After completing a Science Degree at Macquarie University and then an MBBS through Sydney University, Debra obtained dual specialty qualifications –completing a fellowship in both General Practice (FRACGP) and in Palliative Care (FAChPM). She has always had a keen interest in neurology and neuropharmacology throughout her undergraduate degrees.

While a GP registrar, she cared for a patient with CJD from initial symptoms through to end-of-life care in the community and since 2020 has been the patient and palliative care advisor to the CJDSGN.

In 2023, she became the executive medical officer to the CJDSGN Australia; as well as a member of the friends and advisory group to the CJDISA.  She is eager to continue to support education and advocacy for this rare and devastating neurological disease and acts in a voluntary capacity.