- Deb Little started as an administration assistant at the Geelong Withdrawal Unit in late 2001.
- Deb studied nursing at the Gordon Institute of TAFE, receiving her qualification as a nurse (Div. II).
- After time as a case worker, Deb became co-manager of the unit.
- Deb served as unit manager of the Geelong Withdrawal Unit (since renamed the Kardinia Alcohol and Other Drug Service) from 2005 to September 2010.
An appointment as network director of the Kardinia Network saw Deb overseeing the following operations:
- the Kardinia Alcohol and Other Drug Service
- the PDRSS (the Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation Support Service)
- the Kardinia Women’s Service (including work with women at risk of homelessness, AOD work, family/domestic violence, and a young parenting program)
- the Geelong Support Service (incorporating emergency relief, financial counseling and an Indigenous money management program)
- the Geelong Court chaplain.
Supporting the territory’s AOD sector