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Associate Professor Patricia Williams

Adjunct Professor

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Trish is and adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Science.

Current Teaching

Computer and information security, information warfare, information security standards and practice, communications - data and networking, decision support.


Trish is a Assocaite Professor in the School of Science at Edith Cowan University and a key researcher in the ECU Security Research Institute. Trish has a PhD and is internationally recognised for her expertise in Medical Information Security. She has over 25 years in the medical health computing arena with 15 years industry experience in General Practice and Pharmacy computing prior to joining academia in 2001. Trish is co-author of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Security Standards and advises to the General Practice Data Governance Council. With over 60 publications on medical information security, she is currently representing Standards Australia at International Standards Organisation (ISO) and HL7 meetings. Trish has been the Associate Editor and Track Chair of the medical information security track of the World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering & Applied Computing. She has collaborated with Royal Holloway University, University of Plymouth and the prestigious St George’s Hospital.

Professional Associations

  • Australian Computer Society
  • Health Informatics Society of Australia
  • School Council, Peter Moyes Anglican Community School
  • Australian Federation of University Women
  • Business and Professional Women
  • HERDSA – Higher Education (ECU Representative 2005)
  • Australian Information Security Association
  • Research Network for A Secure Australia

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2009 - ECU Early Careers Grant $25,000
  • 2008 - ECU Faculty Small Grant $3,333
  • 2006 - Carrick Institute Citation for Excellence in Teaching $10,000
  • 2005 - ECU Vice-Chancellor Citation $1,000
  • 2005 - Faculty Teaching and Learning Grant $3,000

Research Areas and Interests

  • Medical informatics and security
  • Healthcare e-health standards
  • Generation Y teaching
  • Decision support systems
  • Healthcare computer and information security
  • Australia’s national e-health system
  • E-health critical infrastructure


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2007.
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Edith Cowan University, 2006.
  • Master of Science, Edith Cowan University, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Science with second class honours, United Kingdom, 1983.


Recent Research Grants

  • Better Access To Home Hospital for Residents in Aged Care Facilities,  Department of Health WA,  WA Health Targeted Research Fund,  2014 - 2017,  $303,000.
  • Authentication and Authorisation for Entrusted Unions (AU2EU),  European Commission,  Grant - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7),  2013 - 2015,  $584,907.
  • An Empirical Intervention to Reduce Cyber Bullying in Adolescents,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Grant,  2009 - 2012,  $358,382.
  • Practical Information Security Capability Assessment Protocols for Application in the General Medical Practice Environment,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2009 - 2011,  $24,502.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Williams, T., Maeder, A., (2015), Security and privacy issues for mobile health. Mobile Health: A Technology Road Map, 5(45), 1067-1088, Switzerland and eBook, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-12817-7_44.
  • Williams, T., (2013), Information security governance: A risk assessment approach to health information systems protection. Health Information Governance in a Digital Environment, 186-206, Amsterdam, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-291-2-186.

Journal Articles

  • Robins, N., Williams, T., Sansurooah, K., (2017), An investigation into remnant data on USB storage devices sold in Australia creating alarming concerns. International Journal of Computers and Applications, 39(2), 79-90, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/1206212X.2017.1289689.
  • Williams, T., Woodward, A., (2015), Cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices: a complex environment and multifaceted problem. Medical Devices: Evidence and Research, 2015(8), 305-316, Macclesfield, UK, Dove Medical Press Ltd, DOI: 10.2147/MDER.S50048.
  • Coles-Kemp, E., Williams, T., (2014), Changing Places: The Need to Alter the Start Point for Information Security Design. electronic Journal of Health Informatics, 8(2), Article No. e13, Open Access online, electronic Journal of Health Informatics.
  • Mahncke, R., Williams, T., (2014), Developing and Validating a Healthcare Information Security Governance Framework. electronic Journal of Health Informatics, 8(2), Article no. e12, Open Access, electronic Journal of Health Informatics.
  • Williams, T., (2013), Does the PCEHR mean a new paradigm for information security? Implications for health information management. Health Information Management Journal, 42(2), 31-36, Australia, Health Information Management Association of Australia, DOI: 10.12826/18333575.2013.007.Williams.
  • Williams, T., Maeder, A., (2013), A conceptual framework for secure use of mobile health. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, 1(1), 44-51, South Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Conference Publications

  • Htat, KK., Williams, T., McCauley, V., (2017), Security of ePrescriptions: Data in transit comparison using existing and mobile device services. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, Article No. a56, Association for Computing Machinery, DOI: 10.1145/3014812.3014870.
  • Costantin, D., Sansurooah, K., Williams, T., (2017), Vulnerabilities associated with wi-fi protected setup in a medical environment. ACSW '17 Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, Article No. 58, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), DOI: 10.1145/3014812.3014872.
  • Robins, N., Williams, T., Sansurooah, K., (2016), I know what you did last summer... an investigation into remnant data on USB storage devices sold in Australia in 2015. Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, article no.35, New York, USA, Association for Computing Machinery, DOI: 10.1145/2843043.2843356.
  • Htat, KK., Williams, T., McCauley, V., (2015), The Hare and the Hortoise: The Potential Versus the Reality of eTP Implementation. Driving Reform: Digital Health is Everyone's Business: Selected Papers from the 23rd Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2015), 114-120, Amsterdam, Netherlands, IOS Press BV, DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-558-6-114.
  • Htat, KK., Williams, T., McCauley, V., (2015), Security of Eprescription: Security of Data at Rest on Prescription Exchange Services vs on Mobile Devices. The Proceedings of the 4th Australian e-Health Informatics and Security Conference, 15-22, Perth, Western Australia, Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University.
  • Woodward, A., Williams, T., (2015), An Uncomfortable Change: Shifting Perceptions to Establish Pragmatic Cyber Security. Recent Advances in Information and Communication Technology 2015. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computing and Information Technology (ICCIT), 361(2-3 July 2015), 1-8, Thailand, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-19024-2_1.
  • Williams, T., McCauley, V., (2014), Avoiding epic fails: Software and standards directions to increase clinical safety. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian eHealth Informatics and Security Conference, 50-56, Perth, Western Australia, Security Research Institute, ECU.
  • Mahncke, R., Williams, T., (2014), Interpreting international governance standards for health IT use within general medical practice. Investing in E-Health: People, Knowledge and Technology for a Health Future, 86-91, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-427-5-86.
  • Hermon, R., Williams, T., (2014), Big data in healthcare: and what is it used for?. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian eHealth Informatics and Security Conference, 40-49, Perth, Western Australia, Security Research Institute, ECU.
  • Sansurooah, K., Williams, T., (2014), BYOD in ehealth: herding cats and stable doors, or a catastrophe waiting to happen?. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian eHealth Informatics and Security Conference, 28 - 34, Perth, W.A., Security Research Institute, ECU.
  • Brook, L., Williams, T., (2013), Developing a mobile audiometric sound booth application for Apple IOS devices. Proceedings of the 2nd Australian eHealth Informatics and Security Conference, 11-21, Perth, WA, Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.
  • Williams, T., Hossack, E., (2013), It will never happen to us: The likelihood and impact of privacy breaches on health data in Australia. Health Informatics: Digital Health Service Delivery - The Future is Now!, 188(15-18 July, 2013), 155-161, Amsterdam, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-266-0-155.
  • Sim, M., Khong, E., McEvoy, A., Wain, T., Sim, M., Williams, T., (2013), Cartoons for e-health informatics. Proceedings of the 2nd Australian eHealth Informatics and Security Conference, 50-57, Perth, WA, Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.
  • Williams, T., McCauley, V., (2013), A rapidly moving target: Conformance with e-health standards for mobile computing. Proceedings of the 2nd Australian eHealth Informatics and Security Conference, 40-49, Perth, WA, Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.
  • Williams, T., (2013), Creating context: Making sense of geo-location and social media data for health. Health Informatics: Digital Health Service Delivery - The Future is Now!, 188(15-18 July 2013), 149-154, Amsterdam, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-266-0-149.
  • Hermon, R., Williams, T., (2013), A study of information induced medication errors. Proceedings of the 2nd Australian eHealth Informatics and Security Conference, 58-69, Perth, WA, Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Human Factors And Cultural Influences In Implementing Agile Philosophy And Agility In Global Software Development.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Measuring And Applying Information Security Governance Within General Practice.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A Sound Idea. An Investigation Into Accessible Video Game Design For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Judging Dread: A Quantitative Investigation Of Affect, Psychometric Dread And Risk Consequence

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Investigation Into Remote Transactions.
  • Doctor of Information Technology,  A Forensics Framework And Method In The Acquisition And Extraction Of Data From Nand Flash Memory Storage Chip
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Investigation Into Factors Inhibiting Australian End-users From Utilising Adsl Router Security Effectively
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