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Jennifer (Jenny) Stewart Williams hold postgraduate qualifications in epidemiology, biostatistics and economics. She has worked in a number of policy environments – national monetary policy (Reserve Bank of Australia), health service planning and development (Hunter Area Health Service and Hunter Health Services Research Group), community and primary care (NSW Divisions of General Practice and NSW Rural Divisions Co-ordinating Unit), medical workforce planning (NSW Rural Doctors Resource Network), and tertiary teaching hospitals, (Australian Resource Centre for Hospital Innovations). All of these positions have involved working in inter-disciplinary teams with clinicians, policy advisers and researchers. Dr Stewart Williams spent several years in a health services research environment in which one of her main roles involved analysing state wide hospital separations data using Diagnostic Related Groups to inform service planning and hospital budget allocations. The experience gained working in these areas provided a good basis for her move into public health research.

In 1999-2000 Dr Stewart Williams completed a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of Newcastle. In 2001 she joined Newcastle Institute of Public Health as a research officer to undertake a body of work in health services research with a focus of health inequalities. Dr Stewart Williams was part of a team that undertook equity-focused health impact assessments and was a main author of an NHMRC handbook titled “Using Socioeconomic Evidence in Clinical Practice Guidelines. In 2001 Dr Stewart Williams was awarded a full Australian Postgraduate Research Scholarship and in 2002 she enrolled in a PhD in the Discipline of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle.

Dr Stewart Williams' doctoral dissertation involved record linkage between a population-based cardiovascular disease register, the Admitted Patients Data Collection and a specialised hospital cardiac rehabilitation program database. The work demonstrated novel applications of methods which policy and decision makers can use to measure, deconstruct and interpret inequalities and inequities in access to care. Two sole author international peer-reviewed papers resulted from this work.

Since completing her doctorate in 2008 Dr Stewart Williams built upon her extensive experience in policy analysis and health service development and evaluation in developing proposals for population based analyses using linked data sets. She has held a Hunter Medical Research Institute Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship under the NSW Health Department’s Capacity Building Program since 2008. The Fellowship has afforded her opportunities to work on a number of projects using linked data sets including the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) the NSW Admitted Patient Data Collection and the Medicare Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Dr Stewart Williams’ recent publications report upon analyses of Australian and international data sets, including the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, Medicare Australia, the World Health Surveys and the Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE). She has been a visiting Research Fellow with the World Health Organization (2010-2012) and the Centre for Global Health Research at Umeå University in Sweden (2011).

As a public health researcher, Dr Stewart Williams is committed to improving understanding of how gender and the social determinants impact on health, access to healthcare, and healthcare resource utilisation in different country settings. Her goal is to inform policy for: major global reductions in behavioural risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs); improvements in NCD inequalities between and within countries, and the achievement of universal, accessible, high quality health care in all countries.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 03/09/2008
  • Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology, University of Newcastle, 23/12/1999
  • Master of Commerce, University of Newcastle, 19/04/1980

Research

Research keywords

  • Ageing
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Equity
  • Gender
  • Global health
  • Health inequalities
  • Health services research
  • Longitudinal analyses
  • Non communicable diseases (NCDs)
  • Social determinants of health
  • Women

Research expertise

Dr Stewart Williams has expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics and health economics. She undertakes analyses of national and international data sets to address issues of global public health importance - population ageing, the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCD) and social and economic inequalities in health. Dr Stewart Williams international research includes analyses of patterns of health and illness between and within countries at varying stages of economic development. Her national research platform includes longitudinal analyses of patterns of use and costs of health care resources in population cohorts.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111706Epidemiology40
111799Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified40
140208Health Economics20

Collaboration

Dr Stewart Williams has ongoing collaborations with health economists at the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney and Hunter Medical Research Institute, and epidemiologists, statisticians and public health clinicians from the World Health Organization and the Centre for Global Health Research at Umeå University in Sweden. She is an approved supervisor for internships coordinated through the World Health Organization.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Dr Stewart Williams has held executive officer positions with the Divisions of General Practice, the Rural Divisions Co-ordinating Unit and the Australian Resource Centre for Hospital Innovations. While working in these and other senior positions, she developed and implemented strategic and business plans in consultation with a range of stakeholders including clinicians, researchers, administrators, policy analysts and community representatives.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Equity
  • Health inequalities
  • Social determinants of health

Teaching expertise

Dr Stewart Williams has experience in teaching undergraduate students in economics and medicine. She has supervised a number of World Health Organization interns. She successfully supervised one doctoral candidate to completion and is currently supervising another student (from Kenya) who is midway through her doctorate. Dr Stewart Williams also provides professional advice and support to postgraduate students from Australia, the United States, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Taiwan and China.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Hosseinpoor AR, Stewart Williams JA, Amin A, Araujo De Carvalho I, Beard J, Boerma T, et al., 'Social determinants of self-reported health in women and men: Understanding the role of gender in population health', PloS One, 7 e34799 (2012) [C1]
2011Stewart Williams JA, 'Assessing the suitability of fractional polynomial methods in health services research: a perspective on the categorization epidemic', Journal of Health Services Research, 16 147-152 (2011) [C1]
2009Stewart Williams JA, 'Using non-linear decomposition to explain the discriminatory effects of male-female differentials in access to care: A cardiac rehabilitation case study', Social Science & Medicine, 69 1072-1079 (2009) [C1]
2003Aldrich R, Kemp L, Stewart Williams JA, Harris E, Simpson S, Wilson AJ, et al., 'Using Socioeconomic evidence in clinical practice guidelines', BMJ, 327 1283-1285 (2003) [C1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2007Loxton DJ, Stewart Williams JA, Adamson LR, Barriers to Service Delivery for Young Pregnant Women and Mothers: Report to the National Youth Affairs Research Scheme (NYARS), National Youth Affairs Research Scheme, Canberra, 147 (2007) [A2]

Co-authors: Deborah Loxton

Journal article (22 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Yego F, Williams JS, Byles J, Nyongesa P, Aruasa W, D'Este C, 'A retrospective analysis of maternal and neonatal mortality at a teaching and referral hospital in Kenya', REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, 10 (2013) [C1]
2013Hosseinpoor AR, Stewart Williams JA, Gautam J, Posarac A, Officer A, Verdes E, et al., 'Socioeconomic inequality in disability among adults: a multicountry study using the World Health Survey.', Am J Public Health, 103 1278-1286 (2013) [C1]
2013Williams JS, Cunich M, Byles J, 'The impact of socioeconomic status on changes in the general and mental health of women over time: evidence from a longitudinal study of Australian women', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR EQUITY IN HEALTH, 12 (2013) [C1]
2013Williams JAS, Wallick CJ, Byles JE, Doran CM, 'Assessing Patterns of Use of Cardio-Protective Polypill Component Medicines in Australian Women', DRUGS & AGING, 30 193-203 (2013) [C1]
2012Hosseinpoor AR, Stewart Williams JA, Jann B, Kowal PR, Officer A, Posarac A, Chatterji S, 'Social determinants of sex differences in disability among older adults: A multi-country decomposition analysis using the World Health Survey', International Journal for Equity in Health, 11 52 (2012) [C1]
2012Hosseinpoor AR, Stewart Williams JA, Itani L, Chatterji S, 'Socioeconomic inequality in domains of health: Results from the World Health Surveys', BMC Public Health, 12 1-9 (2012) [C1]
2012Hosseinpoor AR, Stewart Williams JA, Amin A, Araujo De Carvalho I, Beard J, Boerma T, et al., 'Social determinants of self-reported health in women and men: Understanding the role of gender in population health', PloS One, 7 e34799 (2012) [C1]
2011Parkinson L, Dolja-Gore X, Gibson RE, Doran E, Notley L, Stewart Williams JA, et al., 'An observational study of the discrediting of COX-2 NSAIDs in Australia: Vioxx or class effect?', BMC Public Health, 11 892 (2011) [C1]
2011Stewart Williams JA, 'Assessing the suitability of fractional polynomial methods in health services research: a perspective on the categorization epidemic', Journal of Health Services Research, 16 147-152 (2011) [C1]
2011Byles JE, Dolja-Gore X, Loxton DJ, Parkinson L, Stewart Williams JA, 'Women's uptake of medicare benefits schedule mental health items for general practitioners, psychologists and other allied mental health professionals', Medical Journal of Australia, 194 175-179 (2011) [C1]
2010Fuller BG, Stewart Williams JA, Byles JE, 'Active Living - the perception of older people with chronic conditions', Chronic illness, 6 294-305 (2010) [C1]
2010Stewart Williams JA, Byles JE, Inder KJ, 'Equity of access to cardiac rehabilitation: The role of system factors', International Journal for Equity in Health, 9 1-20 (2010) [C1]
2009Stewart Williams JA, 'Using non-linear decomposition to explain the discriminatory effects of male-female differentials in access to care: A cardiac rehabilitation case study', Social Science & Medicine, 69 1072-1079 (2009) [C1]
2005Simpson S, Mahoney M, Harris E, Aldrich R, Stewart Williams JA, 'Equity-focused health impact assessment: A tool to assist policy makers in addressing health inequalities', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 25 772-782 (2005) [C1]
2005Stewart Williams JA, Lowe JM, Candlish PM, 'Using pilot studies to inform health services', Australian Health Review, 29 478-481 (2005) [C1]
2005Aldrich R, Mahoney M, Harris E, Simpson S, Stewart Williams JA, 'Building An Equity focus in Health Impact Assessment', NSW Public Health Bulletin, 16 118-119 (2005) [C2]
2004Harris E, Simpson SJ, Aldrich R, Stewart Williams JA, 'Achieving equity in the Australian healthcare system', MJA, 180 308 (2004) [C1]
2003Aldrich R, Kemp L, Stewart Williams JA, Harris E, Simpson S, Wilson AJ, et al., 'Using Socioeconomic evidence in clinical practice guidelines', BMJ, 327 1283-1285 (2003) [C1]
1998Williams JA, 'Understanding rural and remote divisions under a workforce framework', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 6 156-160 (1998) [C1]
1998Williams JA, 'Understanding rural and remote divisions under a workforce framework', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 6 156-160 (1998) [C1]
1997Williams JA, 'Coordinating rural and remote divisions under a workforce framework', Australian Health Review, 20 13-26 (1997) [C1]
1997Williams JA, 'Coordinating rural and remote divisions under a workforce framework', Australian Health Review, 20 13-26 (1997) [C1]
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Conference (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Stewart Williams JA, Cunich M, 'Equity and cardiovascular disease in Australian women', Heart & Mind 2010: Psychogenic Cardiovacular Diseases Conference Abstracts, Prato, Italy (2010) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants8
Total funding$578,483

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2011 (1 grants)

7th Health Services and Policy Research Conference, Hilton Hotel Adelaide, 5-7th December 2011$1,330
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health

Project Team
Doctor Jenny Stewart Williams
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,33020112011
GNo:G1100970

2010 (1 grants)

Psychogenic Cardiovascular Disease Conference, Prato, Italy, 1 - 4 September 2010$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health

Project Team
Doctor Jenny Stewart Williams
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020102010
GNo:G1000595

2009 (1 grants)

Uptake and impact of new Medicare Benefits Schedule Items - Psychologists and Other Allied Mental Health Professionals$31,990
Funding Body: Australian Rotary Health

Project Team
Professor Julie Byles, Associate Professor Deb Loxton, Conjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Mr Richard Gibson, Doctor Jenny Stewart Williams, Doctor Paul Kowal
SchemeRole
Mental Health Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$31,99020092009
GNo:G0189463

2008 (1 grants)

Domestic Violence$17,000
Funding Body: The Sax Institute

Project Team
Professor Julie Byles, Associate Professor Deb Loxton, Doctor Jenny Stewart Williams
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$17,00020082008
GNo:G0189568

2005 (1 grants)

Measuring the impact of the Cessnock Uni-Clinic$25,000
Funding Body: Cessnock Uni-Clinic

Project Team
Professor Dimity Pond, Doctor Jenny Stewart Williams
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020052005
GNo:G0185813

2002 (2 grants)

Health Inequalities Impact Assessment: Working collaboratively to develop a strategic framework.$219,400
Funding Body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Project Team
Professor Julie Byles, Conjoint Associate Professor Rosemary Aldrich, Conjoint Associate Professor Julia Lowe, Doctor Jenny Stewart Williams
SchemeRole
Innovative Projects in Relation to PHERPInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$219,40020022003
GNo:G0181643

Literature Review and Preparation of a Handbook on using Evidence on Socio-Economic Determinants of Health in Clinical Practice Guidelines.$37,763
Funding Body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Rosemary Aldrich, Professor Julie Byles, Doctor Jenny Stewart Williams, Conjoint Associate Professor Julia Lowe
SchemeRole
Consultancy/TenderInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$37,76320022002
GNo:G0181863

1996 (1 grants)

South-East Asian Australian Preterm Labour Study Group.$244,500
Funding Body: Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs

Project Team
Emeritus Professor William Walters, Professor Roger Smith, Conjoint Professor Warwick Giles, Conjoint Associate Professor Andrew Bisits, Doctor Cheng Chan, Dr Stephen O'Callaghan, Doctor Jenny Stewart Williams, Mrs Maria Bowman, Doctor John Fitter
SchemeRole
Targetted Institutional Links ProgramInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$244,50019961998
GNo:G0176589
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.33

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20102014PhD (Gender & Health)Co-SupervisorMaternal and Neonatal Mortality in Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2010PhD (Behavioural Science)Co-SupervisorPromoting Physical Activity to Older People with COPD - The Active Living Framework
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Dr Jennifer (Jenny) Stewart Williams

Work Phone(02) 40420678
Fax(02) 40420044
Email
PositionConjoint Fellow
Research Centre for Gender, Health & Ageing
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPublic Health
Office
HMRI-W4 116,
HMRI Building, John Hunter Hospital campus,
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URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/jenny-stewartwilliams