Deveson was Chair of the South Australian Film Corporation and Executive Director of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She has made numerous award winning television and radio documentaries including several films in Africa and Asia which have won her three UN Media Peace Awards. In 1993 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the media and to mental health. She also holds several honorary doctorates. Her writing includes the internationally acclaimed 'Tell Me I'm Here', which won the 1991 Human Rights Award for non-fiction. She has also written 'Australian At Risk', 'Faces Of Change' and 'Coming Of Age'. Her first novel, 'Lines In The Sand', draws from Deveson's own experiences and is a passionate story of loyalty, courage and the human spirit.