Faculty of Health

Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams

Dr Andrew Williams

Head of Discipline (Sport & Exercise Science)

"BApplSc(Ex & Sport); BSc(Hons); PhD; Grad Cert ULT; ESSAM, AEP"

Contact Details

Contact Campus Newnham Campus
Building Building C
Room Reference C109
Telephone +61 3 6324 5487
Fax +61 3 6324 3658
Email Andrew.Williams@utas.edu.au

Teaching Responsibilities

Dr Andrew Williams graduated with a BSc Honours degree from Flinders University in 1998 before moving to Melbourne to complete his PhD at Victoria University. He moved to the University of Tasmania in 2003, and has since established himself as an accomplished academic with a strong background in teaching, a productive research focus and as an accomplished clinician.
He is part of a multi-member team teaching Exercise Physiology to undergraduate and professional honours level students. He was responsible for the development and is the course coordinator of the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Prof Hons) course and coordinated, developed and wrote the professional accreditation application for this and the Bachelor of Exercise Science programs. He coordinates the following units within the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Prof Hons) courses:

  • CXA402 Injury Prevention and Management
  • CXA438 Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • CXA442 Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
  • CXA443 Clinical Exercise Practicum 1
  • CXA445 Allied Health Research
  • CXA446 Clinical Exercise Practicum 2
  • CXA447 Clinical Exercise Practicum 3


Dr Williams main research focus is in the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

Based on his published research, he has been invited to contribute to specialist panels involved in the creation of position statements on:

  • Exercise in Chronic Heart Failure ( published 2010) and;
  • Exercise in Chronic Kidney Disease (published 2013), and;
  • The development of the Australian Pre-Exercise Screening System (APSS), a system for determining relative risks of exercise prior to participation for individuals looking to commence an exercise program.

Dr Williams has supervised 3 PhD, 2 Masters by research and 11 honours students to completion.

Past and present research is funded by the NHMRC, the Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust, the University of Tasmania and other competitive funding bodies.

Administrative and  Professional Roles (last 7 years)

2014-Acting Head Discipline Sports and Exercise Science, School of Health Science
2013-Member, Social Determinants of Health & Health Risk Factors Steering Group, Tasmanian Medicare Local
2013-Member, Strength 2 Strength Working Group, Tasmanian Medicare Local
2008-  Chair, ESSA Research Committee (formerly ESSA Position Statement Committee)
2011-2012Australian Lung Foundation Steering Committee overseeing Development of Continuing Education Modules for the Lungs in Action Program Patients
2010-2011Member, Working group for the production of the Australian Pre-Exercise Screening System
2007-2014National Director (Academia & Research) Exercise & Sports Science Australia
2006-  Director University of Tasmania Exercise Physiology Clinic


As director of the UTAS Exercise Physiology Clinic Andy led successful nominations for team awards at University (Vice Chancellors Community Engagement Award 2013) and industry (Tasmanian Allied Health Professionals Advancement Committee Connecting with the Community 2013).


  • Reduced exercise tolerance in CHF may be related to factors other than impaired skeletal muscle oxidative capacity Williams, AD., SE Selig, DL Hare, A Hayes, H Krum, J Patterson, RH Geerling, D Toia and MF Carey 2004 * Journal of Cardiac Failure 10 145-152
  • Moderate-intensity resistance exercise training in patients with chronic heart failure improves strength, endurance, heart rate variability and forearm blood flow Selig, SE., MF Carey, DG Menzies, J Patterson, RH Geerling, AD Williams, V Bamroongsuk, D Toia and DL Hare 2004 * Journal of Cardiac Failure 10 21-30
  • Skeletal muscle phenotype predicts exercise tolerance in patients with peripheral arterial disease Askew, CD., S Green, PJ Walker, GK Kerr, A Green, AD Williams and MA Febbraio 2005 * Journal of Vascular Surgery 41 802-807
  • Circuit resistance training in chronic heart failure improves skeletal muscle mitochondrial ATP production rate ? A randomised controlled trial Williams, AD., MF Carey, S Selig, H Krum, A Hayes, J Patterson, D Toia and DL Hare 2007 * Journal of Cardiac Failure 13 79-85

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