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Associate Professor Anne Williams

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9346 3140, Email: a.williams@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup,
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9346 3140  
Email: a.williams@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  

 

Current Teaching

  • Postgraduate Supervision
  • Coordinator for Research and Higher Degrees and Honours

Background

  • January 2008-December 2009: Associate Professor, WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, Curtin University of Technology, Shenton Park
  • June 2009: Acting Director, WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, Curtin University of Technology, Shenton Park
  • November 2004-June 2008: Research/Project Coordinator, Nursing Administration, St John of God Hospital, Subiaco
  • January2004-2007: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council
  • June 2005-October 2005: Acting Director, Centre for Nursing Research, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA
  • August 2002-May 2006: Research Fellow in Clinical Nursing, Centre for Nursing, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine, Edith Cowan University (WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care)
  • January 2002-August 2002: Research Associate for project “Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators: A qualitative study on recipients’ and family care givers’ experiences concerns and needs” (S. McRae, A. Williams, S. Nikoletti, J. Young), University Department of Nursing Research, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA
  • February 2000-May 2000: Research Assistant. Carried out interviews for project “The provision of professional pharmacy services by a ‘general practice pharmacist’ – a clinical and economic evaluation” (P.A. Whitehead, V.B. Sunderland, S.I. & Benriomoi), School of Pharmacy, Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA.
  • May 1999-July 1999: Researcher (Sessional). Performed literature reviews and analysed qualitative data concerning the experience patterns of patients with diabetes for B. O’Connell and P. Rapley. Centre for Nursing Research and Development, Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA.
  • April 1998-May 1998: Clinical Tutor (Sessional), Bethesda Hospital, Claremont, WA. School of Nursing, Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA.
  • November 1997-March 1998: Researcher (Sessional). Performed literature review on project: “Models of best practice for integrating care across the community-hospital interface in Western Australia” (O’Connell, B., Kristjanson, L., Thomas, A., Abbotts, S., Orb, A., Walker, H., Singh, M., Joske, D., Yeun, K. & Colvin, M.). Centre for Nursing Research and Development, Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, WA
  • June 1994-August 2002: Study leave MSc and PhD / Maternity leave. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology.
  • March 1990-June 1994: Research Nurse (Level 2). Department of Nursing Research, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.
  • January 1994; May 1993; February-April 1992; June-September 1991; December 1990-February 1991: Acting Nurse Researcher (Level 3), Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA.
  • October 1989-Feburary 1990: Registered Nurse (Level 1) General Surgery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA
  • April 1988-September 1989: Senior Staff Nurse (Grade E) General Surgery, Kettering General Hospital, Northants, UK
  • February 1988-March 1988: Staff Nurse General Surgery, Basingstoke District Hospital, Hants, UK
  • July 1987-January 1988: Registered Nurse, Working Holiday, Queensland and Victoria
  • November 1986-July 1987: Staff Nurse General Surgery, Kettering General Hospital, Northants, UK
  • July 1986-October 1986: Staff Nurse Gerontology, The Battle Hospital, Reading, Berks, UK
  • November 1985-May 1986: Clinical Research Associate, Chiltern International Ltd (Medical Research), Berks, UK

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Nursing Federation
  • Royal College of Nursing Australia
  • Psycho-oncology Co-Operative Research Group
  • Clinical Oncological Society of Australia
  • Cancer Nurses Society of Australia

Awards and Recognition

Other

  • 2008 - New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support Award. Department of Health, Western Australia.
  • 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.
  • 2003 - 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.”

Research Areas and Interests

  • Cancer and Palliative Care
  • Psychosocial care
  • Wellness of healthcare staff
  • Nursing in the acute care hospital setting
  • Use of non-pharmacological therapies
  • Translating evidence into practice
  • Pain management
  • Safety and Quality in Nursing
  • Psychosocial Care and use of Complementary Therapies
  • Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), Curtin University of Technology, 2003 .
  • M (Master Degree), Curtin University of Technology, 1996 .

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • 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,  The Western Australian Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2013 - 2018,  $9,611.
  • Sponsorship Agreement for Research Assistant,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  SCGH - Centre for Nursing Research - Grant,  2014,  $19,026.
  • Evaluating the impact of a dedicated patient/family care room on multidisciplinary staff who care for dying patients and their families in an acute oncology ward,  University of Western Australia,  Grant - CaPCREU 2012,  2012 - 2013,  $17,918.
  • The impact of adding nursing support workers (Assistants in Nursing) to patient, nurse and system (ward) level outcomes,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2011 - 2014,  $432,096.
  • Developing and Testing an Instrument to Measure Emotional Comfort,  Solaris Care Foundation,  SolarisCare Foundation Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $18,182.
  • Exploring the Experiences and Knowledge of Patients using Oral Chemotherapy for Cancer,  University of Western Australia,  Grant - CaPCREU 2012,  2012 - 2013,  $18,005.
  • A pilot study to assess if evidence based guidelines can reduce symptom burden and psychological distress in patients undergoing chemotherapy,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  SCGH - Centre for Nursing Research - Grant,  2011,  $10,114.
  • Evaluating the Feasibility and Impact of Implementing Ward-based Patient Safety Teams to Improve Patient Outcomes,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  SCGH - Centre for Nursing Research - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $62,599.
  • Biobanking: Developing the Process of Consent to Donate Tissue Samples for Research Purposes,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012 - 2013,  $135,099.
  • Attitudes and Opinions of Cancer Patients to Tissues Biobanking,  Bellberry Limited,  Scholarship,  2010 - 2012,  $30,000.
  • Pilot Project Testing the Feasibility of Measuring QoL at the End of Life of Dying Patients in the Acute Care Hospital,  WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $13,293.
  • Evaluating the feasibility and effect of using a hospital wide coordinated approach to introduce evidence-based changes for pain management,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2007,  $133,634.
  • The development and testing of an instrument to measure the personal control and associated emotional comfort needs of hospitalised patients,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Grant,  2003 - 2007,  $233,854.
  • Discharge planning for oncology/haematology patients,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $36,290.
  • Development and Testing of an Implementation Strategy for the Australian Pain Society's Residential Aged Care Pain Management Guidelines,  Department of Health,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $102,796.
  • Optimising the emotional comfort of hospital patients: Exploring the feasibility and effect of a coordinated approach to phychosocial care,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $83,888.
  • Using action research as a model of research utilisation to improve pain assessment and management,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2004 - 2005,  $100,260.
  • Exploring the Experiences of Persons who have donated a Kidney.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2003 - 2005,  $37,883.
  • Endorsement of Senior Research Position in the School of Nursing and Public Health,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2002 - 2005,  $95,179.
  • A pain education program for prostate cancer patients and their family carers: A feasibility study.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2003 - 2004,  $14,127.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Williams, A., Bulsara, C., Petterson, A., (2013), Safety and Side Effects of Non-pharmacological Interventions as a Therapy for Cancer. Evidence-based Non-pharmacological Therapies for Palliative Cancer Care, 219-252, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York, London, DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5833-9.

Journal Articles

  • Hudson, P., Trauer, T., Lobb, E., Zorden, R., Williams, A., Quinn, K., Summers, M., Thomas, K., (2012), Supporting family caregivers of hospitalised palliative care patients: a psycho-educational group intervention. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care , 2(2), 115-120, DOI: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2011-000131.
  • Hudson, P., Lobb, E., Thomas, K., Zorden, 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 Medicine, 15(3), 277-281, United States, DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2011.0347.
  • McCullough, K., Lenthall, S., Williams, A., Andrew, L., (2012), Reducing the risk of violence towards remote area nurses: A violence management toolbox. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20(6), 329-333, DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2012.01313.x.
  • McCullough, K., Williams, A., Lenthall, S., (2012), Voices from the bush: remote area nurses prioritise hazards that contribute to violence in their workplace. Rural and Remote Health, 12(2), art. no. 1972 .
  • Williams, A., Toye, C., Deas, K., Fairclough, D., Curro, K., Oldham, L., (2011), Evaluating the Feasibility and Effect of Using a Hospital-Wide Coordinated Approach to Introduce Evidence-Based Changes for Pain Management. Pain Management Nursing, n/a(n/a), n/a, DOI: 10.1016/j.pmn.2010.08.001.
  • Williams, A., 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(23-24), 3472-3482, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03846.x.
  • Williams, A., Colefax, L., O'Driscoll, C., (2010), Building Confidence in the Living Renal Donor Process. Transplant Journal of Australasia, 19(3), 6-11, Camperdown, NSW.
  • Williams, A., Kristjanson, L., (2009), Emotional Care Experienced by Hospitalised Patients: Development and Testing of a Measurement Instrument. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18(7), 1069-1077, Oxford, England, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02586.x.
  • Williams, A., Colefax, L., O'Driscoll, C., Dawson, S., (2009), An exploration of experiences of living renal donors following donation. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 36(4), 423-426.
  • Williams, A., Davies, A., Griffiths, G., (2009), Facilitating comfort for hospitalized patients using non-pharmacological measures: Preliminary development of clinical practice guidelines. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 15(3), 145-155, Victoria, Australia, DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01739.x.
  • Lee, S., Kristjanson, L., Williams, A., (2009), Professional relationships in palliative care decision making. Supportive Care in Cancer, 17(4), 445-450, DOI: 10.1007/s00520-008-0516-z.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Nursing,  The Experiences Of Cancer Survivors As They Transition From Chemotherapy Treatment To Life After Cancer.
  • Maintaining Emotipnal Wellbeing In The Intensive Care Unit: A Grounded Theory Study From The Perspective Of Expereinced Nurses..

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  What Are The Psychosocial Processes In Care Decision Making In The Context Of Advanced Illness..
  • Information And Educational Needs Of The Family Carers Of Elder Patients Who Have Delirium In A Hospital Setting.
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