Anna Williams


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. Anna is leading the development of Ageing and Aged Care Research within the School of Nursing and Midwifery and working broadly within aged and primary health care sectors to address the challenges of providing health care.

Research Interests

  • Lifestyle Risk Factor modification, health promotion and well-being
  • Chronic Illness Prevention and Management
  • Person-centred Care in sub-acute care and acute care
  • Self-management of chronic illnesses
  • Provider self-management support
  • Primary Health Care workforce support and development
  • Support and care to persons living with Dementia and associated co-morbidities or  multimorbidity
  • Complex interventions in Primary Health Care

Qualifications & Recognition

  • PhD University of New South Wales
  • MPH University of New South Wales
  • BHlthSc (Nursing) University of Sydney
  • DipAppSc (Nursing) Canberra University

Research & Publications

  • For a complete list of my publications please see my publications page (opens in a new window)

Contact Details
Telephone9685 9046