Professor Anne Williams
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, RN

Chair, Health Research

About me

I am a nurse researcher with over 25 years’ experience researching healthcare issues within Western Australia. I was appointed as the inaugural Chair of Health Research, in the School of Health Professions at Murdoch University in 2014, where I also hold the position of Graduate Research Director. I am an Adjunct Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edith Cowan University and University of Notre Dame, Australia. I maintain links with the acute care hospital setting currently consulting to the Centre for Nursing Research Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, the SolarisCare Foundation,  Princess Margaret Hospital, and the Neurological Council of Western Australia.

I have an extensive research portfolio in the area of nursing in the acute care hospital setting. My main interests are patient experience (especially in relation to a cancer or neurological diagnosis), nursing staff wellbeing, psychosocial care, pain management and evidence translation.

I have led multidisciplinary teams on various health related research projects, at different healthcare sites in Western Australia. I have led projects from development to publication; managing research budgets and research staff. These projects have included category one funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC). Building collaborative research teams is one of my strengths, and this includes the mentoring of junior staff to enable them to become independent researchers.

I contribute to local and national committees and I am currently a member of the Health Consumer Council (WA) Advisory Group for Patient Experience Week 2017 and the nursing representative for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care: Hospital Patient Experience Expert Advisory Group.

I developed a substantive theory relating to the experience of hospitalized patients for my PhD in 2003 (for which I received the chancellors’ commendation), and in my post-doctoral work (funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council) I  developed a research instrument: “Patient Evaluation of Emotional Care experienced during Hospitalisation” (PEECH). The PEECH is now being used in various studies throughout the world. I have recently developed and tested a new research instrument: “Patient Evaluation of Emotional Comfort Experienced” (PEECE).

Follow me on Twitter: @ProfAnneMW and Research Gate


 

Teaching area

My teaching areas are primarily at the postgraduate level, where I supervise nursing and midwifery PhD and Masters by research students.

 

Research areas

My key research areas relate to nursing in the acute care hospital setting, specifically:

  • Patient experience (especially in relation to chronic disease)
  • Nursing staff wellbeing
  • Psychosocial healthcare
  • Pain management
  • Evidence translation

I have skills in both qualitative and quantitative research methods particularly:

  • Grounded Theory
  • Action Research
  • Instrument Development

 

Current projects

The application of evidence based practice in an acute care hospital setting in Perth, Western Australia: A grounded theory study of the perspective of nurses. Baker, M., Williams, AM, & Pugh, J. WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust ($9,160).

Developing a best practice community nursing model of neurological care for metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. Williams, A.M, Bentley, B., & Monterosso, L., Neurological Council of Western Australia ($270,000).

A pilot assessment of situation awareness of final year nursing students undertaking simulated clinical activities before and after a situation awareness education program. Gluyas, H., Morrison, P., Williams, AM, Andrus, P., Hopkins, M., Walters, J & Stomski, N. Funding: School of Health Professions, Murdoch University.

Dignity therapy delivery using e-health: A feasibility study. Bentley, B., Williams, AM, O’Connor, M., McConigley, R., & Breen, L. Funding: School of Health Professions, Murdoch University

Evaluating the sustainability of a Pain Resource Nurse program in an Australian public hospital five years post implementation. Williams, AM, Slatyer, S., Goucke, R., Toye, C., Jennings, D., McCullough, K., Clarke, P., Stomski, N., & Allen, E. Murdoch University ($28,667).

Developing a wellbeing educational program for cancer nurses. Williams, AM, Williams, NJ, Slatyer, S., Monterosso, L., Petterson, A., Morrison, P., Ebert, A., Twigg, D., Towell, A. & Sullivan, S. Murdoch University ($14,883)

Cancer patients’ experience and outcomes related to complementary health choices: a feasibility study-Phase 2. Williams, AM, Bulsara, C., Joske, D., Petterson, A., Stomski, N., Myers, H., Bennett, K., Phillips, M., Furzer, B.,  Musiello, T., & Miller, L., Murdoch University ($67,298.40).

The impact of fitness levels and leisure-time exercise patterns on the risk of occupational musculoskeletal disorders among new graduate Registered Nurses in Western Australia. Pugh, J, Blazevich, AJ, Williams, AM, Bahn, S, Giles, M, Gelder, L, & Cormack, K. Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust ($9,611).

The development of safe practice guidelines for the use of Reflexology in an outpatient chemotherapy clinic.  Petterson, AS, Williams, AM, Joske, D, & McCullough, K. Private, Deceased Estate (Dr Jean Murray-Jones)($35,498).

The impact of adding nursing support workers (Assistants in Nursing) to patient, nurse and system (ward) level outcomes.  Duffield, C., Twigg, D., Williams, A.M., Roche, M., Stoddart, C., Davis, S., Clarke, S. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant ($300, 000) with Department of Health, Western Australia ($121,002), & Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital ($16,500).

 


 

Awards and grants

Grants

2016 The application of evidence based practice in an acute care hospital setting in Perth, Western Australia: A grounded theory study of the perspective of nurses. Baker, M., Williams, AM, & Pugh, J. WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust ($9,160).

2016 Developing a best practice community nursing model of neurological care for metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. Williams, A.M, Bentley, B., & Monterosso, L., Neurological Council of Western Australia ($270,000).

2016 A pilot assessment of situation awareness of final year nursing students undertaking simulated clinical activities before and after a situation awareness education program. Gluyas, H., Morrison, P., Williams, AM, Andrus, P., Hopkins, M., Walters, J & Stomski, N. Funding: School of Health Professions, Murdoch University.

2016 Dignity therapy delivery using e-health: A feasibility study. Bentley, B., Williams, AM, O’Connor, M., McConigley, R., & Breen, L. Funding: School of Health Professions, Murdoch University.

2015 Evaluating the sustainability of a Pain Resource Nurse program in an Australian public hospital five years post implementation. Williams, AM, Slatyer, S., Goucke, R., Toye, C., Jennings, D., McCullough, K., Clarke, P., Stomski, N., & Allen, E. Murdoch University ($28,667).

2015 Developing a wellbeing educational program for cancer nurses. Williams, AM, Williams, NJ, Slatyer, S., Monterosso, L., Petterson, A., Morrison, P., Ebert, A.,  Twigg, D., Towell, A. & Whale, K. Murdoch University ($14,883), Princess Margaret Hospital ($5,000).

2015 Cancer patients’ experience and outcomes related to complementary health choices: a feasibility study-Phase 2. Williams, AM, Bulsara, C., Joske, D., Petterson, A., Stomski, N., Myers, H., Bennett, K., Phillips, M., Furzer, B.,  Musiello, T., & Miller, L., Murdoch University ($67,298.40).

2013. The impact of fitness levels and leisure-time exercise patterns on the risk of occupational musculoskeletal disorders among new graduate Registered Nurses in Western Australia. Pugh,J, Blazevich, AJ, Williams, AM, Bahn, S, Giles, M, Gelder, L, & Cormack, K. Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust ($9,611).

2012. The development of safe practice guidelines for the use of Reflexology in an outpatient chemotherapy clinic.  Petterson, AS, Williams, AM, Joske, D, & McCullough, K. Private, Deceased Estate (Dr Jean Murray-Jones) administered by SolarisCare Foundation ($35,498).

2012. Evaluating the impact of a dedicated patient/family care room on multidisciplinary staff who care for dying patients and their families in an acute care oncology ward. Slatyer, S., Williams, AM, Proctor, K., Hewett, L. & Wilkinson, A. Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit ($19,860).

2012. Exploring the experiences and knowledge of patients using oral chemotherapy for cancer. Foster, M., Fyfe, K., & Williams, AM. Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit ($19,805).

2012. Biobanking: Developing the process of consent to donate tissue samples for research purposes. Williams, A.M., Allen, J., Zeps, J. Bulsara, C., Monterosso, L. ECU  Industry Collaboration Grant ($30,000) & St John of God Hospital Subiaco ($19,124).

2011. The impact of metallic or non-metallic deodorant on skin reaction during breast radiation: a randomised controlled trial. Lewis, L., Athifa, M., Carson, S., Bremner,  A., Williams, AM. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Research Fund ($18, 637) and Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust ($18,637).

2011. Exploring experiences of chronic back pain in adults mediated by the Feldenkrais method. Pugh, J &Williams, AM. Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust ($2,484).

2011. Developing and testing an instrument to measure Emotional Comfort. Williams, AM, Petterson, A., Bulsara, C., Bennett, K., Joske, D., &, Musiello, T., Lester,  L. SolarisCare Foundation ($20,000).

2011. Refining a nursing and allied health discharge and transfer care plan to enhance  discharge communication. Toye, C., Williams, AM, Whitty, D., Slatyer, S. Funded by Acute Assessment Unit, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

2011-2014. The impact of adding nursing support workers (Assistants in Nursing) to patient, nurse and system (ward) level outcomes.  Duffield, C., Twigg, D., Williams, A.M., Roche, M., Stoddart, C., Davis, S., Clarke, S. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant ($300, 000) with Department of Health, Western Australia ($121,002), & Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital ($16,500).

2011. Evaluating the feasibility and impact of implementing ward-based Patient Safety Teams to improve patient outcome. Williams, AM, Davis, S., Twigg, D., Slatyer, S., Smith, G., Miller, S. Centre for Nursing Research, Innovation and Quality Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital ($20,000), Research Advisory Committee, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital ($22,599).

2010. Evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention for recently bereaved men: The men in the kitchen project.. Petterson, A., McConigley, R., Miller, L., Williams, AM., Joske, D. Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit ($19,849).

2010. The impact of metallic or non-metallic deodorant on skin reaction during breast radiation: a randomised controlled trial. Lewis, L., Athifa, M., Carson, S., Bremner, A., Williams, AM. Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit ($19, 740).

2010. Attitudes and opinions of cancer patients to tissues Biobanking. Pienaar, C., Williams, AM, Allen, J., Zeps, N. Bellberry Limited, PhD Scholarship ($5,789.04).

2010. A pilot study to assess if evidence based guidelines can reduce symptoms of burden and psychological distress in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Lewis, L., Athifa, M., Brown, D., Saunders, J., Williams, A.M.  Centre for Nursing Research,  Innovation and Quality, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (in kind).

2009. Pilot project to test the feasibility of measuring quality of life at the end of life of dying patients in the acute care hospital setting. Wilkinson, A., Williams, AM, Bridge, D, & Walker, H. WA Cancer & Palliative Care Network. ($11,736).

2009. Discharging older adults from an Acute Assessment Unit: Evaluating a discharge planning pathway. Toye, C., Williams, A.M., Williamson, J., Slatyer, S., Whitty, D. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Research Grant ($60,540).

2009. Further psychometric testing of an instrument to measure emotional care in  hospital. Williams, A.M, Toye, C., Joske, D., Hyde, S. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Research Grant ($29,344.35).

2008-2009. Preparing family caregivers for palliative care support, discharge and care planning options. Hudson P, Trauer T, Lobb E, Williams A.M., Kristjanson LJ, Quinn K, Summers M, Auret K. NHMRC Palliative Care Research Grant ($219,810).

2008-2009. The contribution of integrative therapies to the comfort of patients with cancer. Williams, AM, Joske, D.,Steed, L., Bulsara, C., Nowak, A., Oliver, D ($10,000, Department of Health WA & SolarisCare Foundation).

2008-2011. Curtin University of Technology, Strategic Research Grants Scheme. Williams A. Jiwa M, Oldham L, Halkett G, O’Connor M. ($613,000).

2007-2008. Evaluating the feasibility and effect of using a hospital wide coordinated approach to introduce evidence-based changes for pain management. Williams, A.M., Oldham, L., Toye, C. (Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital & St John of God Hospital, Subiaco) ($59,998).

2005-2006. Development and testing of an implementation strategy for the Australian Pain Society’s residential aged care pain management guidelines.  Goucke, R., Kristjanson, L.J, Toye, C., Bruce, D., Williams, A.M., Scherer, S., Gibson, S., Abbey, J., Sullivan, K. Australian Government Department of Health & Aging ($113,076).

2005-2006. Optimising the emotional comfort of hospitalised patients: Exploring the feasibility and effect of a coordinated approach to psychosocial care. Williams, A.M., Kristjanson, L.J, Jessup, J., Ransom, D. & Terry, S. ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme & St. John of God Health Care, Subiaco, ($79, 431).

2004-2005. Discharge planning for oncology/haematology patients. Oldham, L., Sprague, C., Williams, A., Cooper, E., Tandon, A. ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme & Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, ($25,277).

2004-2005. Using action research as a model of research utilsation to improve pain assessment and management. Williams, A.M., Griffiths, G., Goucke, R., Oldham,L., & Kristjanson, L. ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme & Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital ($31,758).

2004-2007. The development and testing of an instrument to measure the personal control and associated emotional comfort needs of hospitalised patients. Williams, A.M. & Kristjanson, L.J. National Health and Medical Research Council Australian Clinical Research Fellowship ($259,000).

2003. Pain project. Goucke, R., Williams, A.M., Davis, S., Fairclough, D., Griffiths, G., Hellier, L., Keen, N., Kristjanson, L., Oldham, L., Roberts, L., Singh, M., Stiberc, J., Tandon, A. National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS).

2003-2004. A literature review of non-pharmacological methods of pain relief. Williams, A.M., Davies, A., Griffiths, G., Fairclough, D., Hellier, L., Stiberc, J., Oldham, L., & Kristjanson, L.J. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (in kind).

2003-2004. Exploring the experiences of persons who have donated a kidney. Williams, A.M., O’Driscoll, C., Elmes, R., Luxton, G., Mitchell, A. & Kristjanson, L.J. ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme & Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, ($21,460).

2003-2004. A pain education program for prostate cancer patients and their family carers: A feasibility study. Oldham, L, Kristjanson, LJ, Williams, A.M., Spry, N. ECU – Early Career Grant Scheme. ($14,127).

2003-2004. An exploration into the impact of patient characteristics and aspects of the hospital environment on the feelings of personal control experienced by hospitalised patients. Williams, A.M. & Kristjanson, L.J. ECU Faculty Small Grant, ($4,743).

1998-2000. The contribution of therapeutic interpersonal interactions to the comfort of hospitalised patients. A grounded theory study of the patient’s perspective. Williams, A.M. Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend (APAWS), ($31,776). Administered by Curtin University of Technology, WA.

1997. The contribution of therapeutic interpersonal interactions to the comfort of hospitalised patients. A grounded theory study of the patient’s perspective. The Olive Anstey Nursing Fund Incorporated, ($4,000). Williams, A.M.

Awards

2015 Carson, S., Lewis, L., Bydder, S., Athifa, M., Williams, A.M., Bremner, A. “Evaluating the effect of aluminum containing and non-aluminum containing deodorants on axillary skin toxicity during radiotherapy for breast cancer: a three-armed randomized controlled trial.” Best Clinical Research Paper Award, Cancer Nursing Society Australia, Winter Congress, Perth.

2008. New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support Award. Department of Health, Western Australia, Williams, A.M. ($10,000).

2006. National Institute of Clinical Studies, Evidence into Action Prize awarded for paper, “Using Action Research as a Model of Research Utilisation to Improve Pain  Assessment and Management” presented by Anne Williams and Sue Slatyer at the  Royal College of Nursing Annual Conference, July, 2006.

2006. Finalist for Nurse/Midwife Researcher of the Year. Nurses’ Board of Western Australia.

2004. Award for Excellence for Outstanding Research Supervision. Postgraduate and Honours Student Association, Edith  Cowan University.

2003. Chancellor Commendation for PhD thesis, “The contribution of therapeutic interpersonal interactions to the comfort of hospitalised patients. A grounded theory study of the patient’s perspective”.

Events and speaking engagements

Invited speaker presentations (selected presentations past 5 years only)

Williams, A.M. (Oct, 2016). Stress and burnout in nursing: Understanding, preventing and managing. Time to Lead Day 1, Nursing Study Day, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. (Aug, 2016). Stress and burnout in nursing: Understanding, preventing and managing. Time to Lead Day 1, Nursing Study Day, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. (May, 2016). Stress and burnout in nursing: Understanding, preventing and managing. Time to Lead Day 1, Nursing Study Day, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. Measuring patient experience panel. Patient Experience Week Event,  organized by Health Consumers’ Council (WA), Floreat, WA.

Williams, A.M. (April 2016). How to partner with consumers workshop. Patient Experience Week Event,  organized by Health Consumers’ Council (WA), Floreat, WA.

Williams, A.M. (March, 2016). Stress and burnout in second year anatomy: Understanding, preventing and managing. School of Health Professions, Murdoch University.

Williams, A.M. (December, 2015). The patient will see you now – Thinking beyond accreditation to focus on patient experience. Clinical Senate of Western Australia: Expert Witness. University of Western Australia.

Williams, A.M. (November, 2015). Improving pain management at Charlies using research. Intensive Care Nurses Study Day, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Thompson, P., Cooper, I.  & Williams, A.M (October, 2015). Are Department of Health funds better spent on research or education? Charlies Foundation for Research Research Week Debate, Harry Perkins Institute for Research, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. (September, 2015). Stress and burnout in nursing: Understanding, preventing and managing. Time to Lead Day 1, Nursing Study Day, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. (August, 2015). Presenting your results. Engaging Nurses in Research Program, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. (July 2015). Stress and burnout in nursing: Understanding, preventing and managing. Time to Lead Day 1, Nursing Study Day, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. (September 2014). Evaluating the health and well-being of patients with cancer attending SolarisCare Centres. WACOG Psycho-Oncology Research Symposium, Wollaston Centre, Mt Clarmont, WA.

Williams, A.M. (June 2014). Presenting your results. Engaging Nurses in Research Program, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. & Williams N.J. (June 2014). Stress, burnout and peak performance. Senior Registered Nurse Leadership Development Program, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA .

Williams, A.M. (May, 2014). Honours Society for Nurses WA – life long learning opportunities. Graduate Study Day, Swan Kalumunda Health Service, Midland, WA.

Williams, A.M. & Williams N.J. (October 2013). Stress, burnout and peak performance. Senior Registered Nurse Leadership Development Program, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. (October 2013). How research can be used to prevent falls? Falls Management Series, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and video conference to Fremantle, MW Aged Care, Karratha, Selby, and Carnarvon, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. (December 2012). Facilitating hospital-wide evidence-based changes for pain assessment and management using Pain Resource Nurses. Paediatric Nursing Education Pain Management Study Day, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Subiaco, WA.

Williams, A.M. (November 2012). You, your career and your PhD. Professional Issues and Future Directions (Cancer Nurses), Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. (November 2012). Safety second: Are non-pharmacological interventions used as a therapy for  cancer safe? University of the Sunshine Coast Nursing and Midwifery Series, Queensland.

Williams, A.M. & Williams N.J. (October 2012). Stress, burnout and peak performance. Senior Registered Nurse Leadership Development Program, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Matthews, A. & Williams, A.M. (October 2012). Preliminary findings from the Patient Safety Teams project. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Research Week, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. (September 2012). Are Patient Safety Teams a feasible and effective way to keep patients safe in hospital? Preliminary findings from an Action Research Study. Edith Cowan University, Research Week, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. (August 2012). Presenting your results. Engaging Nurses in Research Program, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. (June 2012). Reviewing qualitative articles. Engaging Nurses in Research Program, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Williams, A.M. & Williams N.J. (April 2012). Stress, burnout and peak performance. Senior Registered Nurse Leadership Development Program, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA .

Williams, A.M. (Feb 2012). How to perform a research article critique. Postgraduate Nursing Program: Research in Clinical Nursing, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.

Conference presentations (past 5 years only)

Williams, A.M., Allen, E., Stomski, N., Slatyer, S., Goucke, R., Toye, C., Jennings, D., McCullough, K. & Clarke, P. (November 2016). Revisiting evidence based changes in pain management: a good news story! 8th International Congress on Innovations in Nursing, Perth, Western Australia.

Williams, N.J. & Williams A.M. (Aug 2016).  Parenting a child with AD/HD: A lived experience. 17thInternational  Mental Health Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Williams, A.M, Williams, N.J, Slatyer, S., Allen, E., Morrison, P., Ebert, A., Monterosso, L., Stomski, N., Towell, A., Twigg, D., Petterson, A. Sullivan, S. (Aug 2016). Can nurses be taught to protect their wellbeing in challenging workplace environments? 17th International Mental Health Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Williams, A.M., Williams, N.J., Slatyer, S., Monterosso, L., Petterson, A., Morrison, P., Ebert, A., Twigg, D., Towell, A., Whale, K., Allen, E., Stomski, N., & Ryan, E. (May 2016). Stress, coping and resilience of cancer nurses at two hospitals. Cancer Nurse Society Australia 19th Annual Conference, “Bridging the Gap”, Cairns, Queensland.

Williams, A.M., Lester, L., Petterson, A., Bulsara, C., Bennett, K., Joske, D., Musiello, T., & Allen, E. (August  2015). Developing and testing of a new research instrument to measure the mental wellbeing of inpatients and outpatients within the acute care hospital setting. Poster presented at 16th International Mental Health Conference, Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland.

Carson, S., Lewis, L., Bydder, S., Athifa, M., Williams, A, Bremner, A. (June 2015). Evaluation the effects of aluminum containing and non-aluminum containing deodorants on axillary skin toxicity during radiation therapy for breast cancer: a 3-armed randomized controlled trial. Cancer Nurses Society of Australia 18th Winter Congress. Cancer Nursing Expanding Possibilities, Perth, Western Australia.

Slatyer, S., Proctor, K., Williams, A.M., Hewitt, L., Pienaar, C. (November 2014).  Finding privacy from a public death: End-of-life care in the acute hospital setting. 7th International Congress on Innovations in Nursing, Perth, Western Australia.

Williams, AM, Petterson, A., Bulsara, C., Bennett, K., Joske, D., Musiello, T., & Lester, L. (August, 2014). Promoting and measuring the mental wellbeing of mainstream patients in hospital. Poster presented at the 15th International Mental Health Conference, Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland.

Slatyer, S., Matthews, A., Davis, S., Williams, A.M., Twigg, D. (November  2013).“Actions speak louder than words: Implementing ward-based patient safety teams in an international Magnet hospital”. 2013 ANCC National Magnet Conference, Orlando, United States of America.

Zeps, N., Allen, J., Williams, A.M., Pienaar, C., Bulsara, C., & Monterosso, L.  (November 2013). Consent for the donation of surplus surgical tissue for research: ‘The furthest thing from my mind’. Australasian Ethics Network Conference, “Emerging Issues, Controversies and Innovating for Change”, Fremantle, WA.

Williams, A.M., Allen, J., Zeps, N., Pienaar, C., Bulsara, C. & Monterosso, L. (October 2013). Consent for Biobanking is ‘no big deal’ compared to the diagnosis of cancer. 8th State Cancer Council Conference, Perth, WA.

Williams, A.M., Lewis, L., Ryan, E. & Slatyer, S. (July 2013). Increasing cancer nurses’ wellbeing: A pilot study to identify potential workplace strategies. CNSA Winter Congress, Brisbane, Queensland.

Slatyer S., Williams, A.M. & Michael R. (March 2013). Seeking empowerment to provide comfort: Strategies used by nurses when caring for patients in severe pain. 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Australian Pain Society, Canberra, Australia.

Williams, A.M, & Matthews, A. (November, 2012). Ward-based Patient Safety Teams to improve patient outcomes: An innovation in clinical leadership, research and education. 6th International Congress on Innovations in Nursing, Perth, WA.

Williams, A.M. Davis, S., Twigg, S., Slatyer, S., Miller, S., Matthews, A. (November 2012). Evaluating the feasibility and impact of implementing Patient Safety Teams to improve patient outcomes. Poster presented at 6th International Congress on Innovations in Nursing, Perth, WA.

Williams, A.M. (November 2012). Safety and side-effects of 15 non-pharmacological interventions used as a therapy for cancer: A suprising assessment of the literature. COSA-IPOS joint conference, Brisbane, Queensland.

Hudson, P., Trauer, T., Lobb, E., Zorden. R., Williams, AM, Quinn, K., Summers, M. & Thoams, K. (October, 2012). Supporting family caregivers of hospitalised palliative care patients: a psycho-educational group intervention. 19th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, Canada.

Williams, AM, Bulsara, C., Petterson, A. (September 2012). Safety second: Are non-pharmacological interventions used as a therapy for cancer safe? 2nd SolarisCare Symposium. Cancer: “Lets Talk”. Bunbury, WA

Siffleet, J., Williams, A. and Rapley, P. (2012). Maintaining emotional wellbeing in the intensive care unit: A grounded theory study from the perspective of experienced nurses. Australian Critical Care. 25 (2): pp. 128-129.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional and community service

National Grant Reviewer

  • Australian Research Council (2011-2013)
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (2011-2013)

Referred Journal Reviewer (2015-2016)

  • Applied Nursing Research
  • Journal of Palliative Medicine
  • International Journal of Nursing Studies
  • PLOS ONE
  • PAIN

Professional Organisation Membership

1992-current Australian Nursing Federation

1993-current Royal College of Nursing Australia

2011-current Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group

2012-current Clinical Oncological Society of Australia

2012-current Cancer Nurses Society of Australia

2012- 2016Western Australian at-Large Honor Society of Nursing

2015-current Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

2016-current Psi Alpha-at-Large Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).

2016-current WA Palliative Care Research Collaboration

Current Committees

 

2016-current Health Consumer Council (WA) Advisory Group for Patient Experience Week 2017

Committee Member

2016-current Quality and Equity Standards Committee, Murdoch University

Committee Member

2015-current Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care: Hospital Patient Experience Expert Advisory Group

Committee Member: National Nursing Representative –Australian College of Nursing

2015-current Nursing Voice @ Murdoch

Chair

2015-current Academic Council, Murdoch University

Committee Member

2014-current Research Degrees and Scholarship Committee, Murdoch University

Committee Member

2014-current School of Health Professions Executive Committee, Murdoch University

Committee Member

2014-current School of Health Professions School Board Committee, Murdoch University

Committee Member

2014-current School of Health Professions Research Committee, Murdoch University

Committee Member

2007-current SolarisCare Foundation

Collaborative Research Committee,

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Committee Member

2002-current Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Centre for Nursing Research Committee

Committee Member

 

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Current

  1. Associate Supervisor for Jacqueline Hills, Research Masters with Training, School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, “Patient safety and organisational culture” (2016-current)
  2. Associate Supervisor for Caroline Browne, PhD, School of Health Professions, Murdoch University “Understanding successful international clinical placements – A case study of short term international placements for Australian nursing students in Asia.” (2016-current).
  3. Principle Supervisor for Adrienna Elliott, Research Masters with Training, School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, “Determinants of successful integration of newly diagnosed neurological patients in Western Australia” (2016-current).
  4. Principle Supervisor for Barrett Losco, PhD, School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, “The development of a Chiropractor-led  intervention to facilitate patient activation for improved chronic spinal pain self-management” (2015-current).
  5. Principle Supervisor for Barry Morley, Research Masters with Training, School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, “The effect of obesity upon absenteeism, and workplace injuries of adult workers: A systematic review” (2015-current).
  6. Principle Supervisor for Kathy McCoy, PhD, School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, “The neurological client carer experience of a generic community neurological nurse model in a regional area of Western Australia”. (2015-current)
  7. Principle Supervisor for Kylie McCullough, PhD, School of Nursing & Midwifery, ECU, “The delivery of primary health care in remote Australian communities: A grounded theory study of the perspective of nurses” (2013-current).
  8. Principle Supervisor for Melanie Baker PhD, School of Nursing & Midwifery, ECU and School of Health Professions, Murdoch University. “The application of evidence based practice in the acute care hospital setting:  A Grounded Theory study of the perspective of nurses in Western Australia” (2011-current).
  9. Associate Supervisor for Ahmad Mousa, PhD, School of Nursing & Midwifery, ECU, “The impact of nurse staffing on the prevention of patient falls and medication errors in Western Australian Hospitals” (2011-current).

Completions

  1. Associate Supervisor for Doreen Molloy, PhD, School of Nursing & Midwifery, ECU, “Saying ‘No’: A biographical analysis of the experiences of women with a genetic predisposition to developing breast/ovarian cancer who reject risk reducing surgery” (2012-2015).
  2. Associate Supervisor for Peter Wilkinson, PhD School of Nursing & Midwifery, ECU, “DE CONCENTV AMISSO QVAERENDO: An investigation into the relative benefits of three different types of ambient music on the observed agitated behaviour and quality of life of dementia sufferers in residential aged care facilities” (2010-2014).
  3. Co-Supervisor for Susan Slatyer, PhD (Nursing), Curtin University, “The role of empowerment in the care of patients who experience severe pain: The nurse’s perspective” (2006-2012).
  4. Co-Supervisor for Violet Platt, Masters by Research, School of Nursing & Midwifery, ECU, “The experiences of cancer survivors as they transition from chemotherapy treatment to life after cancer (2010-2012).
  5. Co-Supervisor for Joanne Siffleet, Masters (Nursing), Curtin University “Maintaining emotional wellbeing in the Intensive Care Unit: A Grounded Theory study from the perspective of the experienced nurse” (2006-2011).
  6. Associate Supervisor for Jannie Piercy, Masters (Nursing), Deakin University, “Information and educational needs of the family carers of elder patients who have delirium in a hospital setting” (2006-2007).
  7. Associate Supervisor for Susan Lee, PhD (Nursing), ECU. “Controlling involvement to promote confidence in palliative care decisions: A grounded theory from the patient’s perspective” (2003-2006).

Publications

Journals

  • Williams, A., Lester, L., Bulsara, C., Petterson, A., Bennett, K., Allen, E., Joske, D., (2017), Patient Evaluation of Emotional Comfort Experienced (PEECE): Developing and Testing a Measurement Instrument, BMJ Open, 7, 1, pages -.
  • Duffield, C., Roche, M., Twigg, D., Williams, A., Clarke, S., (2016), A protocol to assess the impact of adding nursing support workers to ward staffing, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72, 9, pages 2218 - 2225.
  • Williams, A., Allen, J., Zeps, n., Pienaar, C., Bulsara, C., Monterosso, L., (2016), Consent to donate surgical biospecimens for research: Perceptions of people with colorectal cancer, Cancer Nursing: an international journal for cancer care, 39, 3, pages 221 - 227.
  • Pugh, J., Gelder, L., Williams, A., Twigg, D., Wilkinson, A., Blazevich, A., (2015), Validity and reliability of an online extended version of the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ-E2) to measure nurses fitness, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24, , pages 3550 - 3563.
  • Slatyer, S., Pienaar, C., Williams, A., Proctor, K., Hewitt, L., (2015), Finding privacy from a public death: a qualitative exploration of how a dedicated space for end-of-life care in an acute hospital impacts on dying patients and their families, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24, 15-16, pages 2164 - 2174.
  • Siffleet, J., Williams, A., Rapley, P., Slatyer, S., (2015), Delivering best care and maintaining emotional wellbeing in the Intensive Care Unit: the perspective of experienced nurses, Applied Nursing Research, 28, 4, pages 305 - 310.
  • Slatyer, S., Williams, A., Michael, R., (2014), Seeking empowerment to comfort patients in severe pain: A grounded theory study of the nurse's perspective, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52, 1, pages 229 - 239.

Peer reviewed journals

Williams, AM, Lester, L, Bulsara, C. Petterson, A., Bennett, K., Allen, E. & Joske, D. (in press) Patient Evaluation of Emotional Comfort Experienced (PEECE): Developing and Testing a Measurement Instrument. BMJ-Open.

Duffield, C., Roche, M. A., Twigg, D., Williams, A., & Clarke, S. P. (2016). A Protocol to Assess the Impact of Adding Nursing Support Workers to Ward Staffing. Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi:10.1111/jan.12965

Williams, AM, Allen, J., Zeps, N., Pienaar, C., Bulsara, C. & Monterosso, L. (2016). Consent to donate surgical biospecimens for research. Perceptions of people with colorectal cancer. Cancer Nursing, 39:3.

Pugh, J.D., Gelder, L., Williams, A.M., Twigg, D.E., Wilkinson, A.M., & Blazevich, A.J. (2015).Validity and reliability of an online extended version of the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ-E2) to measure nurses’ fitness. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24(23-24), 3550-3563. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12971

Slatyer, S., Pienaar, C., Williams, AM, Proctor, K, & Hewitt, L. (2015). Finding privacy from a public death: a qualitative exploration of how a dedicated space for end-of-life care in an acute hospital impacts on dying patients and their families. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24 (15-16), 2164-2174.

Siffleet, J., Williams, AM, Rapley, P. & Slatyer, S. (2015). Delivering best care and maintaining emotional wellbeing in the Intensive Care Unit: the perspective of experienced nurses. Applied Nursing Research, 28(4), 305-310.

Slatyer, S., Williams, AM, Michael, R. (2015). Seeking empowerment to comfort patients in severe pain: A grounded theory study of the nurse’s perspective. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52(1), 229-239.

Lewis, L., Williams, A.M., Athifa, M., Brown, D., Budgeon, C.A., & Bremner, A.P. (2015). Evidence based self-care guidelines for people receiving chemotherapy: do they reduce symptom burden and psychological distress? Cancer Nursing, 38(3), E2-E8.

Lewis, L., Carson, S., Bydder, S., Athifa, M., Williams, A.M., Bremner, A. (2014). Evaluating the effect of aluminum containing and non-aluminum containing deodorants on axillary skin toxicity during radiotherapy for breast cancer: a three-armed randomized controlled trial, International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 90, 765-771.

Pugh, J. & Williams, A.M. (2014). Feldenkrais method empowers adults with chronic back pain. Holistic Nursing Practice, 28(3), 171-183.

Williams, N.J., Harries, M., & Williams, A.M. (2014). Gaining control: A new perspective on the parenting of children with AD/HD. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 11(3), 277-297.

Williams, A.M., Bulsara, C., Joske, D., Petterson, A., Nowak, A., & Bennett, K. accepted December 2013). An oasis in the hospital: the perceived benefits of a cancer support centre in a hospital setting offering complementary therapies. Journal of Holistic Nursing.

Wilkinson, A., Slatyer, S., McCullough, K., & Williams AM. (2014). Exploring the Quality of Life at the End of Life (QUAL-E) Instrument with Australian Palliative Care Hospital Patients: Hurdles and directions.  Journal of  Palliative Care, 30(1),16-23.

Williams, A.M., Toye, C., Deas, K., Fairclough, D., Curro, K. & Oldham, L. (2012). Evaluating the feasibility and effect of using a hospital wide coordinated approach to introduce evidence-based changes for pain management. Pain Management Nursing, 13(4), 202-214.

McCullough, K., Lenthall, S., Williams AM, & Andrew, L. (2012). Reducing the risk of violence towards Remote Area Nurses: A Violence Management Toolbox. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20, 329–333.

McCullough, K., Williams AM, Lenthall, S. (2012). Voices from the Bush: Remote area nurses prioritize hazards that contribute to violence in their workplace. Rural and Remote Health. 12 (1972), 1-10.

Hudson, P., Trauer, T, Lobb, L, Zordan, R., Williams, A., Quinn, K, Summers, M., Thomas, K., (2012).  Supporting family caregivers of hospitalised palliative care patients: effectiveness of a psycho-educational group intervention. BMJ Palliative &  Supportive Care. 2:115-120 doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2011-000131

Hudson, P., Lobb, L, Thomas, K., Zordan, R., Trauer, T, Quinn, K., Williams, A., Summers, M. (2012). Psycho-educational group intervention for family caregivers of hospitalized palliative care patients: pilot study. Journal of Palliative Care Medicine, 15(3), 277-281.

Williams, AM, Pienaar, C., Toye, C., Joske, D., & Lester, L. (2011). Further psychometric testing of an instrument to measure emotional care in hospital. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20, 3472-3482.

Williams, AM, Colefax, L., & O’Driscoll, C. (2010). Building confidence in the living renal donor process. Transplant Journal of Australasia, 19(3), 6-11.

Williams, A.M., Colefax, L., O’Driscoll, C.T., & Dawson, S. (2009). An exploration of the experiences of living renal donors following donation. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 36(4), 423-426.

Williams, A.M., Davies, A. & Griffiths, G. (2009). Facilitating comfort for hospitalised patients using non-pharmacological measures: Preliminary development of clinical practice guidelines. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 15(3), 145-155.

Lee, S.F., Kristjanson, L.J. & Williams, A.M. (2008). Professional relationships in palliative care decision making. Journal of Palliative Care.  Supportive Care in Cancer, 17(4), 445-450.

Williams, A.M. & Kristjanson, L.J. (2008). The development and testing of an instrument to measure the emotional care experienced by hospitalised patients. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17, 1069-1077.

Williams, A.M., Dawson, S., Kristjanson, L.J. (2008). Translating theory into practice: using Action Research to introduce a coordinated approach to emotional care. Patient Education and Counseling, 73, 82-90.

Williams, A.M., Dawson, S., Kristjanson, L.J. (2008). Exploring the relationship between personal control and the hospital environment. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17, 1601-1609.

Williams, A.M., Young, J., Nikoletti, S. McRae, S. (2007). Getting on with life: accepting the permanency of an Implantable, Cadioverter Defibrillator. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 13 (3), 166-172.

Williams, A.M., Broderick, D., O’Driscoll, C., Elmes, R., Luxton, G., Mitchell, A., Kristjanson, L.J., Colefax, L., Dawson, S., Delrivieve, L. (2007). Donor Driven Assessment Protocol: A new approach informed by the experiences of living renal donors in Western Australia. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 34(1), 66-70.

Coventry, L., Siffleet, J., Williams, A.M. (2006). Review of analgesia use in the intensive care unit after heart surgery. Critical Care and Resuscitation, 8(2), 135-140.

Williams, A.M. & Irurita, V.F. (2006). Emotional comfort: The patient’s perspective of a therapeutic context. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 43, 405-415.

Williams, A.M., Carville, K. & Morey, P. (2005). Turning the world upside down! Changes that resulted from the establishment of the West Australian Wound Care Association. Primary Intention, 13(1), 24-30.

Williams, A.M. & Irurita, V.F. (2005). Enhancing the therapeutic potential of hospital environments by increasing the personal control and emotional comfort of hospitalised patients. Applied Nursing Research, 18(1), 22-28.

Williams, A.M. & Irurita, V.F. (2004). Therapeutic and non-therapeutic interpersonal interactions: The patient’s perspective. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 13, 806-815.

Williams, A.M., Young, J., Nikoletti, S., & McRae, S. (2004). Reasons for attending and not attending a support group for recipients of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators and their carers. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 10, 127-133.

Irurita, V.F. & Williams, A.M. (2001). Balancing and compromising: Nurses and patients preserving integrity of self and each other. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 38(5), pp 579-589.

Williams, A.M. & Irurita, V.F. (1998). Therapeutically conducive relationships between nurses and patients: An important component of quality nursing care. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 16(2), 36-44.

Williams, A.M. (1998). The delivery of quality nursing care: A grounded theory study of the nurse’s perspective. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 27, 808-816.

Cruickshank, J.F., MacKay, R.C., Matsuno, K. & Williams, A.M. (1994). Appraisal of the clinical competence of registered nurses in relation to their designated levels in the Western Australian nursing career structure. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 31(3), 217-230.

Williams, A.M., Poroch, D. & McIntosh, W.H., (1993). Fun projects: increasing  awareness of nursing research in hospitals. The Australian Journal of Advanced  Nursing, 11(1), 14-18.

 Book Chapters

Williams, AM, Bulsara, C., Petterson, A. (2013). Safety and side effects of non-pharmacological interventions as a therapy for cancer. In W.C.S. Cho, “Evidence-based non-pharmacological therapies for Palliative Cancer Care”pp. 219-251. Springer publications: London

 Conference papers published in proceedings

Slatyer, S. Williams, A., Michael, R. (2013). Seeking empowerment to provide comfort: Strategies used by nurses when caring for patients in severe pain. Paper presented at the Australian Pain Society’s 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Canberra, Australia, Journal of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 41(3), 397-426.

Rowe, J., Slatyer, S., Toye, C., Whitty, D., Williams, A. & Williamson, D.J. (2009).  Discharge planning for older adults in a short stay unit. Paper presented at the 42nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Canberra, Australia, Australian Journal on Ageing, 28, (Supp 2), A75.

Williams, A.M.. Young, J., Nikoletti, S. McRae, S. (2005, August). Living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator: The role of the family caregiver. Paper presented at Australian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association Conference, “Challenging Practices, Broadening Horizons”, Fremantle, WA.

Williams, A.M. (1995, November). From grounded description to grounded theory. The delivery of quality nursing care: The nurses’ perspective. Paper presented at “Qualitative Research: Beyond the Boundaries”, Interdisciplinary conference, Curtin University of Technology and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Fremantle, WA.

Other publications

Williams, A.M. & Slatyer, S. (2012). Reflections on an international study of non-pharmacological caregiving activities at the end of life. Annals of Palliative Medicine,
1(3), 227-229.

Williams, A., Gardner, J., McGuane, S., Morrison, L. & Crittenden, J. (2008). Volunteer program in palliative care. Australian Nursing Journal, 15 (8), 34.

Williams, A. (2007). WA hospitals collaborate to improve pain assessment and management. Connections, Royal College of Nursing Australia Newsletter, 10(2), 38-39.

Williams, A. (2003). Guest editorial: Do living kidney donors need more emotional support? Transplant Nurses’ Journal, 12(3), p.3.

Williams A. (1994) Book review of “Paths to knowledge: innovative research methods for nursing”. In J. Robertson (Ed), Handbook of Clinical Nursing Research (p. 175) Churchill Livingstone: Melbourne.