Professor Anna Williams

Professor Anna Williams

Director, School Research,
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Professor of Ageing,
School of Nursing and Midwifery


Professor Anna Williams is an applied health researcher who holds a PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine. Professor Williams engages in a broad healthy ageing research program situated within primary health care that seeks to make a contribution in four key areas including the:(1) Promotion of the intrinsic capacity of persons to achieve health and well-being; (2) Development of age-friendly environments; (3) Health Service Development and quality; and (4) Development and sustainability of a primary health care workforce. Professor Williams has extensive experience in the implementation and evaluation of complex interventions within primary health care, community health and general practice settings; implementation of person-centred care models in acute and sub-acute care settings, and chronic illness self-management and self-management support. Her research areas have also focused on the assessment and management of lifestyle risk factors by clinicians, the prevention and management of chronic illnesses and health workforce and health services development. She has led or coordinated a number of research programs including randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and mixed method studies, and the evaluation of national, state government and non-government primary health care initiatives. Professor Williams has held senior Governance roles including National Deputy Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences and Physiotherapy and  Postgraduate Program Coordinator and has taught previously in both undergraduate education at UNSW, UTS and USYD and postgraduate education at UNSW and University of Notre Dame Australia. At Western Sydney University, Anna  is leading the development of Ageing and Aged Care Research within the School and working broadly within aged and primary health care sectors to address the challenges of providing health care.

This information has been contributed by Professor Williams.


  • PhD University of New South Wales

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery


Phone: (02) 9685 9046
Location: EB.LG

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Chapters in Books

  • Laws, R., Kemp, L., Harris, M., Powell Davies, G., Williams, A. and Eames-Brown, R. (2011), 'An exploration of how clinician attitudes and beliefs influence the implementation of lifestyle risk factor management in primary healthcare : a grounded theory study', Social Work in Public Health and Hospitals, Apple Academic Press 9781466562462.

Journal Articles

  • Calma, K., McInnes, S., Halcomb, E., Williams, A. and Batterham, M. (2022), 'Confidence, interest and intentions of final-year nursing students regarding employment in general practice', Collegian, vol 29, no 2 , pp 220 - 227.
  • Halcomb, E., Fernandez, R., Ashley, C., McInnes, S., Stephen, C., Calma, K., Mursa, R., Williams, A. and James, S. (2022), 'The impact of COVID-19 on primary health care delivery in Australia', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 78, no 5 , pp 1327 - 1336.
  • Ashley, C., Halcomb, E., James, S., Calma, K., Stephen, C., McInnes, S., Mursa, R. and Williams, A. (2022), 'The impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of care by Australian primary health care nurses', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol 30, no 5 , pp 2670 - 2677.
  • Halcomb, E., Fernandez, R., Mursa, R., Stephen, C., Calma, K., Ashley, C., McInnes, S., Desborough, J., James, S. and Williams, A. (2022), 'Mental health, safety and support during COVID-19 : a cross-sectional study of primary health care nurses', Journal of Nursing Management, vol 30, no 2 , pp 393 - 402.
  • Calma, K., Halcomb, E., Fernandez, R., Williams, A. and McInnes, S. (2022), 'Understanding nursing students' perceptions of the general practice environment and their priorities for employment settings', Nursing Open, vol 9, no 5 , pp 2325 - 2334.
  • Chenoweth, L., Williams, A., Fry, M., Endean, E. and Liu, Z. (2022), 'Outcomes of person-centered care for persons with dementia in the acute care setting : a pilot study', Clinical Gerontologist, vol 45, no 4 , pp 983 - 997.
  • Halcomb, E., Fernandez, R., Mursa, R., Stephen, C., Calma, K., Ashley, C., McInnes, S., Desborough, J., James, S. and Williams, A. (2022), 'Evaluation of the Brief Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced scale and exploration of coping among primary health care nurses during COVID-19', Journal of Nursing Management, vol 30, no 7 , pp 2597 - 2608.
  • Ashley, C., James, S., Williams, A., Calma, K., McInnes, S., Mursa, R., Stephen, C. and Halcomb, E. (2021), 'The psychological well-being of primary healthcare nurses during COVID-19 : a qualitative study', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 77, no 9 , pp 3820 - 3828.
  • Ashley, C., James, S., Stephen, C., Mursa, R., McInnes, S., Williams, A., Calma, K. and Halcomb, E. (2021), 'Primary health care nurses' perceptions of risk during COVID-19 : a qualitative study', Journal of Nursing Scholarship, vol 53, no 6 , pp 689 - 697.
  • Chenoweth, L., Cook, J. and Williams, A. (2021), 'Perceptions of care quality during an acute hospital stay for persons with dementia and family/carers', Healthcare, vol 9, no 9 .
  • Ho, I., Chenoweth, L. and Williams, A. (2021), 'Older people's experiences of living with, responding to and managing sensory loss', Healthcare, vol 9, no 3 .
  • Chenoweth, L., Stein-Parbury, J., Lapkin, S., Wang, A., Liu, Z. and Williams, A. (2019), 'Effects of person-centered care at the organisational-level for people with dementia : a systematic review', PLoS ONE, vol 14, no 2 .
  • Jeon, Y., Conway, J., Chenoweth, L., Weise, J., Thomas, T. and Williams, A. (2015), 'Validation of a clinical leadership qualities framework for managers in aged care : a Delphi study', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 24, no 7-8 , pp 999 - 1010.
  • Bloomfield, J., Gordon, C., Williams, A. and Aggar, C. (2015), 'Nursing students' intentions to enter primary health care as a career option : findings from a national survey', Collegian, vol 22, no 2 , pp 161 - 167.
  • Gordon, C., Aggar, C., Williams, A., Walker, L., Willcock, S. and Bloomfield, J. (2014), 'A transition program to primary health care for new graduate nurses : a strategy towards building a sustainable primary health care nurse workforce?', BMC Nursing, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Harris, M., Chan, B., Laws, R., Williams, A., Powell Davies, G., Jayasinghe, U., Fanaian, M., Orr, N., Milat, A. and The CN SNAP Project Team, .. (2013), 'The impact of a brief lifestyle intervention delivered by generalist community nurses (CN SNAP trial)', BMC Public Health, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Chan, B., Jayasinghe, U., Christl, B., Laws, R., Orr, N., Williams, A., Partington, K. and Harris, M. (2013), 'The impact of a team-based intervention on the lifestyle risk factor management practices of community nurses : outcomes of the community nursing SNAP trial', BMC Health Services Research, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Williams, A., Bloomfield, L., Milthorpe, E., Aspinall, D., Filocamo, K., Wellsmore, T., Manolios, N., Jayasinghe, U. and Harris, M. (2013), 'Effectiveness of moving on : an Australian designed generic self-management program for people with a chronic illness', BMC Health Services Research, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Dennis, S., Williams, A., Taggart, J., Newall, A., Denney-Wilson, E., Zwar, N., Shortus, T. and Harris, M. (2012), 'Which providers can bridge the health literacy gap in lifestyle risk factor modification education : a systematic review and narrative synthesis', BMC Family Practice, vol 13 .
  • Taggart, J., Williams, A., Dennis, S., Newall, A., Shortus, T., Zwar, N., Denney-Wilson, E. and Harris, M. (2012), 'A systematic review of interventions in primary care to improve health literacy for chronic disease behavioral risk factors', BMC Family Practice, vol 13 .
  • Christl, B., Chan, B., Laws, R., Williams, A., Powell Davies, G., Harris, M. and The CN SNAP Trial Research Team, .. (2012), 'Clients' experience of brief lifestyle interventions by community nurses', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol 18, no 4 , pp 321 - 326.
  • Chan, B., Laws, R., Williams, A., Powell Davies, G., Fanaian, M., Harris, M., The CN SNAP Project Team, .., Jayasinghe, U., Milat, A., Orr, N., Buckman, S., Partington, K., Mitchell, A., Smith, H., Asquith, J., Whitaker, R., Hilkmann, M., Lisle, C., Caines, K., Clark, S. and Dunn, S. (2012), 'Is there scope for community health nurses to address lifestyle risk factors? : the community nursing SNAP trial', BMC Nursing, vol 11 .
  • Williams, A., Dennis, S. and Harris, M. (2011), 'How effective are the linkages between self-management programmes and primary care providers, especially for disadvantaged patients?', Chronic Illness, vol 7, no 1 , pp 20 - 30.

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