Emeritus Professor Eileen Willis

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1988 …2024

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Research Biography

Professor Eileen Willis has a research interest in the area of Indigenous public health policy particularly access to services. She also has research expertise in the impact of health reform on working time. Research projects have included the impact of Excelcare on nurse's caring time, and enterprise bargaining and working time for health professionals. She has conducted research on the gynaecological cancer workforce, and the development of a community mental health professional's working time tool. She has recently completed two research projects examining the impact of rationalized care in the public hospital system and international nurses and the nurse navigator project. Dr Willis has attracted funding from government and private organizations to do small-scale in-depth qualitative studies on attitudes, values and aspirations to social policy of various population groups. She was the foundation editor of the international journal, Health Sociology Review, and currently serves on the editorial board. 

Research Interests

Professor Eileen Willis has a broad research interest in the impact of social policies on the health of populations and health care systems. Her current research in the area of patient care and the health workforce has dealt with the future needs of the gynaecological workforce including patient views of workforce continuing education (Cancer Australia 2008),  the Aboriginal patient journey in the acute hospital sector (SA Health Department 2008), and the experiences of international nurses in the public sector. She has published research papers on multidisciplinary care, the Indigenous patient journey, women's experiences of gynaecological cancer, working time for health professionals, and rationalised care in the public sector. Dr Willis has developed and published work on the use of qualitative methods in sensitive situations and on the role of supporting sciences in health professional curricula. She was a member of the advisory committee of the national body of Ambulance Services; the Council for Ambulance Authorities, chaired 5 accreditation visits for Paramedics, and was Chair of the Paramedicine Accreditation Committee for the Paramedicine Board/AHPRA from 2018 to 2021.

Professor Eileen Willis has attracted over 4 million in research funds from the government and private sector. This research has tended towards complex collaborations between government departments and the private sector exhibiting her capacity to project manage.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Nursing, health reform, Indigenous health (2)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Nursing, health reform, Indigenous health (0)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Accelerating control: micro economic reform in health care, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 22 Nov 2004

Master, University of New England

1 Mar 19801 Dec 1985

Award Date: 30 Nov 1985

Bachelor, University of South Australia

1 Mar 197810 Dec 1980

Award Date: 29 Nov 1980

External positions

Australian Federation of University Women Scholarship fund

1 May 202230 Dec 2023

ParkinsonsSA Governor

31 Jan 201930 Dec 2023


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Research Areas

  • Healthy ageing and aged care
  • Healthy start to life
  • Nursing

Supervisory Interests

  • health care reform
  • nursing workforce


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