Dr Namira Williams

Dr Namira Williams

Casual Academic

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary


Namira is a lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has recently completed her PhD thesis ‘Travelling with two: balancing identity and risk in women with intellectual disability’ at the University of Newcastle. This thesis reflects her commitment to social justice issues and working to improve healthcare for women and families in disadvantaged groups. Her career has focused on projects with Indigenous women, adolescents, culturally and linguistically diverse women, and women with disability. Namira has presented her work at many conferences, and has received awards at several of these. In 2013 she was awarded the Australian college of Midwives ‘NSW Midwife of the year’ for her dedication to improving the health of mothers and babies.

NSW Midwife of the Year


Namira’s recent research interests focus on the intersection of sociology, women’s health/midwifery and disability, which have contributed to the research topics for both her Masters of Nursing (Hons) and PhD Midwifery. Her area of research expertise is in the use of Grounded theory methodology, and other qualitative methods.

Namira has contributed as a consumer representative on the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation Intellectual Disability Network (Research & Development subcommittee) for 7 years providing feedback on policy and program development.  


Namira’s teaching career began with teaching nursing students in Papua New Guinea. Since then, she has incorporated teaching into her many roles within health services, both for consumers of healthcare, and also for practitioners.  

Namira has been teaching nursing and midwifery undergraduate students since 2015 with the University of Newcastle.


Namira has a commitment to working collaboratively, demonstrated in the development of ‘Djuligalbhan’ a pilot community midwifery program for Indigenous women in Kempsey in 1993. Many of her other roles have been based on collaborative consultation with key stakeholders.

She is currently working collaboratively on a research project to explore education for health students in the areas of disability and parenting.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Midwifery, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing), Cumberland College of Health Sciences
  • Diploma in Tropical Public Health, University of Sydney
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, TAFE (NSW)
  • Master of Nursing (Hons), University of New England


  • Midwifery
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Pregnancy
  • Public health and promotion
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Women with disabilities and childbearing
  • Women with disabilities health
  • Women's health
  • social disadvantage and maternity care


  • English (Fluent)

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Casual Web Learn Tutor Nursing & Midwifery University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dates Title Organisation / Department
30/8/2013 - 30/1/2021 Consumer representative Committee member

The Intellectual Disability Network aims to improve the care and health of people with intellectual disability across all ages through clinical leadership, research and education as essential elements to enhance the capacity of primary and secondary health services. The Research and Development subcommittee works to provide research awareness and promote evidence based research in the area of intellectual disability. As Consumer Rep on the committee my role was to provide feedback on NSW policy documents and program development.

Agency for Clinical Innovation, Intellectual Disability Network, NSW Health
Research & Development Subcommittee

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
22/9/2014 - 29/4/2016 Community Midwife

Provision of antenatal, postnatal and Primary Health Care to Indigenous women within the Manning Area.

Biripi Aboriginal Medical Service
21/2/2007 - 12/12/2013 Teacher

Teaching of Endorsed Enrolled Nurses and Certificate III & IV Assistant in Nursing

NorthCoast Institute of TAFE
School of Nursing
28/8/2006 - 30/8/2014 Clinical Midwife Specialist

Provision of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care to women birthing at Manning Hospital Maternity Unit. Clinical Midwife Specialist in antenatal services, including coordination of antenatal clinic, provision of antenatal care, birth and parenting classes and Core of Life Program to local high schools.

Manning Base Hospital, Hunter New England Local Health District
2/11/1998 - 2/8/2000 Maternal and Child Health Coordinator

Coordination of planning and service development for maternal and child health services; Consultation and provision of information to Area Health Service Executive staff; Provision of Support network to Child and Family Health (CAFH) Staff and development of education programs; Develop in consultation with key stakeholders the CAFH Strategic Plan; Develop Area policy documents as required reflecting policy changes at NSW State level;; Preparation of submissions and proposals as required to assist development of CAFH services.

Far West Area Health Service, NSW Health
Population Health
28/5/1997 - 28/6/1998 Cervical Screening Coordinator

Development of the Cervical Screening Program Strategic Plan in coordination with other key stakeholders within the Mid North Coast area; development, implementation and evaluation of projects for specific groups of women (Older women, Aboriginal and Non-English Speaking Background women); Development and training of community educators for specific cervical screening projects;

Mid North Coast Area Health Service
5/7/1993 - 19/3/1997 Community Midwife

Establishment of culturally appropriate Community Midwifery Program for Aboriginal women in the Macleay Valley (Djuligalbhan) in conjunction with Maternal and Child Aboriginal Health Workers. Provision of clinic and domiciliary antenatal and postnatal services on a shared care basis with Obstetric health professionals;

Durri Aboriginal Medical Service



Year Award
2013 Midwife of the year 2013 (ACM)
Australian College of Midwives- NSW Branch
2013 2013 Best RHD Presentation
School of Nursing and Midwifery University of Newcastle
1987 Nancy Anderson Memorial Prize
Ryde Hospital, NSW


Year Award
2014 'Bob Weaver Award' Conference award
Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disability Australia Inc.


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Williams N, Taylor A, Ebert L, O'Brien L, 'Facilitating care for women with intellectual disability in pregnancy: A qualitative study into health professionals' understanding of the issues', WOMEN AND BIRTH (2015) [E3]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.07.104
Co-authors Ann Taylor, Lyn Ebert
2008 Williams N, Smith A, 'Hidden Voices: A Qualitative study of Cervical and Breast Screening Experiences for Women with mild Intellectual Disability living in the Community', Hidden Voices: A Qualitative Study of Cervical and Breast Screening Experiences for Women with Mild Intellectual Disability Living in the Community, Armidale, NSW (2008)

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Williams N, Hidden Voices: A Qualitative Study of Cervical and Breast Screening Experiences for Women with Mild Intellectual Disability Living in the Community, University of New England (2010)


New Study on the Care for Pregnant Women with an Intellectual Disability: Participants Needed

July 26, 2016

Participants needed for new study to identify the specific types of care pregnant women with an intellectual disability receive whilst pregnant and after birth.

Dr Namira Williams


Casual Academic
School of Nursing and Midwifery
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Casual Academic
School of Humanities and Social Science
College of Human and Social Futures

Casual Web Learn Tutor Nursing & Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Casual Research Assistant
Newcastle Law School
College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Email namira.williams@newcastle.edu.au