Dr Robyn Williams

BA, RN, Grad Dip Ed (Primary), Master of Professional Education & Training, PhD

University Professorial Fellow

Robyn has nursing and education qualifications and forty years of experience of working with Indigenous peoples, primarily in the NT but also all over Australia.

Apart from working in the university sector for over 30 years, Robyn has worked part time for IAHA on various projects including developing a guide for universities to support allied health students on clinical placements. During 2020, she also coordinated the research project subject for Menzies School of Health Research’s Master of Public Health and Master of Health Research and is supervising PhD and masters students. Robyn is currently working on a cultural safety framework for Danila Dilba Aboriginal Health Service, and cultural safety workshops with other NT ACCHO organisations, has co-edited a textbook on cultural safety and diversity in health care.

Robyn's PhD thesis was on exploring preparation for health professionals to be culturally safe and effective practitioners in Indigenous primary health care settings.

Research Interest

  • Culturally safe practice, organisations, and systems
  • Curriculum development and implementation
  • Effective communication
  • Evaluation of community-based programs
  • Qualitative research in Indigenous, and rural and remote health issues.

Current Projects

  • Development and implementation of package: ‘Preparation for Practice - working for the Red Lily Health Board, West Arnhem, NT’
  • Development two modules on trauma-informed practice for We Al-li and the National Centre for Cultural Competence
  • Co-supervising PhD and masters students  
  • Senior Project Officer for Danila Dilba Aboriginal Health Services’ Cultural Safety Framework

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

  • Winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Chronic Disease Award, NT CDN 2012
  • President’s Award by the Northern Territory Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association 2017
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of my contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Presented at the National Indigenous Allied Health Awards, November 2017.
  • Member of the Chronic Disease Network NT 2019 Conference Organising Committee
  • Member of the CRANAplus Conference Organising Committee 2019
  • Chair of the Friends of the Alliance Advisory Committee, National Rural Health Alliance July 2013->2017 
  • Member of the National Rural Health Alliance Conference Organising Committee 2014-2015 
  • Member EHSE Learning & Teaching Committee July 2012->2016 
  • Member Qualitative Researchers Ethics Sub-Committee, Menzies School of Health Research, April 2012->2014, 2020-> 
  • LIME Connection V Conference Organising Committee December 2012->September 2013 
  • Member of the Course Advisory Group, Education & Training Division, Menzies School of Health Research 2009->
  • Member of the AMSANT PHN Jan 2009-  
  • Chronic Diseases Network NT 1996->2012; 
  • Member of the Chronic Diseases Network Conference organising committee 2007-2010;  
  • Member of the Nursing Curriculum Review Committee, School of HS, CDU 2009; 
  • Member of the Public Health Association of Australia 1999->2015 
  • Member NTEU; 
  • Member CRANAplus 
  • Associate Member IAHA  - 2012-> 
  • Associate member CATSINaM 2013-> 
  • Chair of Course Development Committee & Member of Course Assessment Committee, Bachelor of PHC, School of Health, Business & Science , BIITE 2006; 
  • Member of Course Advisory Group, Bachelor of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, CDU 2006;

Link to Research Publications

Robyn Williams