Danielle Williams

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Danielle Williams

Senior Lecturer

Queen's Domain, Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 4772 (phone)

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Dr Williams is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences. She is a registered nurse who gained clinical experience in the cardiothoracic unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital, before starting her research journey with an Honours degree in 2002.

Career summary


  • PhD, University of Tasmania, Australia. 2012 Thesis:  Learning to Manage: a substantive grounded theory of large bodied women's interactions with medical professionals.
  • Bachelor of Nursing (1st Class Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia. 2002
  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Tasmania, Australia. 2000


Dr Williams has worked in a number of different roles, most recently working in both industrial and research settings. She was employed as a Research Fellow and Program Coordinator at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research where she worked with clinicians to both develop their research skills and support them in undertaking small research projects. As part of this role, Danielle conducted a number of research capacity building workshops, particularly for those interested in qualitative research methods. 

Before recommencing in her current role at the University of Tasmania she was employed as a Nursing Officer at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, where she was responsible for providing information and advice to members on a wide variety of issues, including professional and industrial advice on any work related matters, including case management, representation and advocacy for individual members.

Research Themes

Dr Williams's research aligns with the University's research themes of Better Health and Creativity, Culture and Society. Dr Williams holds a doctoral qualification in nursing, which she completed through the Faculty of Health at the University of Tasmania. Danielle's expertise lies in qualitative methods, however she has worked on a number of mixed method studies. She has a keen interest in current qualitative methodologies, especially those that highlight the voice of marginalised groups or previously unexplored areas.  

Danielle's PhD research used a constructivist grounded theory methodology to further understand the experiences of overweight and obese female healthcare consumers. Her research adds to the limited body of health science literature that has investigated weight through a framework that is cognisant of the multilayered meanings attached to overweight bodies, as well as highlighting the issues facing overweight and obese patients. Danielle is interested in the provision of care to marginalised people, with a particular interest in obese and bariatric patients, as well as how vulnerable populations experience and manage their own health.

Danielle's work also focuses on undergraduate teaching, especially undergraduate students within the Health Sciences. Danielle has a focus on increasing student engagement, and how this relates to deeper learning and improved student outcomes. She is also interested in the development of professional identity for emerging registered nurses, especially how this relates to role modelling within both clinical and academic settings.


Professional practice

  • Australian College of Nursing
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation


First year experience, critical pedagogy, professional identity, undergraduate nursing students, discipline studies in nursing.

Teaching expertise

Danielle's teaching expertise lies in the undergraduate space, in particular teaching foundation first year units.

Teaching responsibility

Dr Williams currently teaches into the undergraduate curriculum.  She is the unit coordinator (and Hobart lecturer) for Introduction to Nursing (CNA116), which is a first year unit.  

Dr Williams is passionate about student experience and nursing, so teaching undergraduate students is something she finds extremely fulfilling. She is interested in critical teaching pedagogy, and working with students to create transformative teaching spaces.

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  • Qualitative Research
  • Grounded Theory
  • Constructivism
  • Obesity and Bariatrics
  • Women's health
  • Health-related stigma

Current projects

Danielle is currently working on a range of projects which relate to her research interests, including:

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Management of overweight and obese patients
  • LGBTQI health and aging
  • Health-related stigma
  • Student Nurse Expectations of Professional Experience Placement
  • Student engagement and experience.

Fields of Research

  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases) (110201)
  • Sociology (160899)
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
  • Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology (110299)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Aged Care Nursing (111001)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) (111002)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Health Policy (160508)

Research Objectives

  • Nursing (920210)
  • Cardiovascular System and Diseases (920103)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) (920499)
  • Social Structure and Health (920413)
  • Health (929999)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • Religion and Society (950404)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Health Related to Ageing (920502)
  • Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) (920199)
  • Women's Health (920507)
  • Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) (920408)
  • Health Inequalities (920206)


Total publications


Journal Article

(8 outputs)
2017Jakimowicz M, Williams Danielle, Stankiewicz G, 'A systematic review of experiences of advanced practice nursing in general practice', Bmc Nursing, 16 Article 6. ISSN 1472-6955 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12912-016-0198-7 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jakimowicz M; Stankiewicz G


2017Jose K, Venn A, Sharman Melanie, Wilkinson S, Williams Danielle, et al., 'Understanding the gendered nature of weight loss surgery: insights from an Australian qualitative study', Health Sociology Review Article online version. ISSN 1446-1242 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14461242.2017.1292145 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jose K; Venn A; Sharman Melanie; Ezzy D


2016Ford K, Courtney-Pratt H, Marlow A, Cooper J, Williams Danielle, et al., 'Quality clinical placements: The perspectives of undergraduate nursing students and their supervising nurses', Nurse Education Today, 37 pp. 97-102. ISSN 0260-6917 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.11.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Ford K; Marlow A; Cooper J; Mason RL


2016Sharman MJ, Venn AJ, Hensher M, Wilkinson S, Palmer AJ, et al., 'Motivations for Seeking Bariatric Surgery: The Importance of Health Professionals and Social Networks', Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care, 11, (3) pp. 104-109. ISSN 2168-023X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1089/bari.2016.0004 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Sharman MJ; Venn AJ; Palmer AJ; Ezzy D


2016Sharman MJ, Venn AJ, Jose KA, Williams D, Hensher M, et al., 'The support needs of patients waiting for publicly funded bariatric surgery - implications for health service planners', Clinical Obesity, 7, (1) pp. 46-53. ISSN 1758-8103 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/cob.12169 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Sharman MJ; Venn AJ; Jose KA; Palmer AJ; Ezzy D


2015Sharman Melanie, Hensher M, Wilkinson S, Williams D, Palmer A, et al., 'What are the support experiences and needs of patients who have received bariatric surgery?', Health Expectations pp. 1-12. ISSN 1369-6513 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/hex.12423 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Sharman Melanie; Palmer A; Venn A; Ezzy D


2011Nelson M, Bunyard J, Quinn SJ, Williams D, 'PORRIGE - a cohort study of general practice registrars', Australian Family Physician, 40, (3) pp. 138-141. ISSN 0300-8495 (2011) [Refereed Article]

PMID: 21597518 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Nelson M; Bunyard J; Quinn SJ


2010Howes F, Hansen E, Williams D, Nelson M, 'Barriers to diagnosing and managing hypertension - a qualitative study in Australian general practice', Australian Family Physician, 39, (7) pp. 511-516. ISSN 0300-8495 (2010) [Refereed Article]

PMID: 20628667 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 27

Co-authors: Howes F; Hansen E; Nelson M


Conference Publication

(12 outputs)
2016Jakimowicz MD, Williams Danielle, Stankiewicz G, 'Experiences of Advanced Practice Nursing in General Practice: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies', 10th Annual Graduate Research Conference, UTAS, 1-2 September, 2016, Hobart, Tasmania (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jakimowicz MD; Stankiewicz G

2016Williams Danielle, Arnott NJ, 'Achieving a Sense of Place: A qualitative case study of 'place making' on an undergraduate nursing satellite campus', 6th International Nurse Education Conference, 3 - 6 April, 2016, Brisbane, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Arnott NJ

2016Jose KA, Venn A, Sharman MJ, Wilkinson S, Williams Danielle, et al., 'Understanding gender differences in bariatric surgery: Moving beyond traditional representation and appearance concerns', 13th International Congress on Obesity, 1-4 May 2016, Vancouver, Canada, Obesity Reviews, 17 (S2), pp. 58. (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jose KA; Venn A; Sharman MJ; Ezzy D

2014Howells KM, Nash RE, Williams Danielle, Jones Colin, 'Reading and reflecting together as a community of practice through participation in a book club', Teaching Matters 2014 - 'Spaces and Places', 2 December 2014, Tasmania (2014) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: Howells KM; Nash RE; Jones Colin

2014Williams D, Arnott N, 'Achieving a sense of place': reflections from a satellite campus', Teaching Matters: Places and Spaces 2014, 2-3 December, Launceston, Tasmania (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Arnott N

2010Nelson MR, Williams D, Howes FS, 'Qualitative study of barriers to diagnosing and managing hypertension in Australian general practice', 19th WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors, May, Cancun, Mexico (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Nelson MR; Howes FS

2009Howes FS, Hansen EC, Williams D, Nelson MR, 'Barriers to diagnosing and managing hypertension', Heart Foundation Conference, Brisbane, Australia (2009) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Howes FS; Hansen EC; Nelson MR

2009Howes FS, Hansen EC, Williams D, Nelson MR, ''Maybe it is just good enough': Clinical inertia and BP management', General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference, 15-17 July, Melbourne, Australia (2009) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Howes FS; Hansen EC; Nelson MR

2009Howes FS, Hansen EC, Williams D, Nelson MR, ''Maybe it is just good enough': Clinical inertia and BP management', GP '09, 1-4 October, Perth, Australia (2009) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Howes FS; Hansen EC; Nelson MR

2009Williams Danielle, 'Making words matter: conducting 'good' qualitative research', General Practice & Primary Health Care Research Conference, 15-17 July 2009, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 44. (2009) [Conference Extract]

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2007Williams Danielle, ''Learning not to listen' - overweight and obese women talk about their experiences of general practice', General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference, 23-25 May 2007, Sydney, Australia, pp. 113. (2007) [Conference Extract]

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2006Williams Danielle, 'Constructing 'New Truths': grounded theory research with large bodied women', 6th Annual Thinking Qualitatively Workshop Series, 26 June - 1 July 2006, University of Alberta, pp. 4. (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2015Zimitat C, Miller AB, Kerr L, Bashford VM, Williams Danielle, et al., 'LGBTI Health & Ageing in Tasmania', LGBTI Health & Ageing in Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Zimitat C; Miller AB; Bashford VM; Harris DM

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Experiences and expectations of LGBTI Tasmanians for care as they grow older (2013)$24,030
This project aims to explore older urban and rural Tasmanian gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) peoples past and present life experiences that may impact upon their future health and health care. Through this, it aims to achieve a deeper understanding of their preferences and expectations for their future aged care and support needs as they grow older. In parallel, it aims to explore Tasmanian Aged Care Service Providers (ACSPs) capacity and readiness for delivering GLBTI friendly services. Together, these two activities will both identify any gap in GLBTI friendly service provision, and facilitate discussion of how that gap can be closed.
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($24,030)
Grant-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Zimitat C; Williams D; Miller AB
Investigating the breastfeeding experiences, attitudes and knowledge of Tasmanian mothers with infants aged between 0-12 months (2011)$34,311
Tasmanian Early Years Foundation ($34,311)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ayton JE; Hansen EC; Williams D; Nelson MR

Research Supervision






PhDBest Practice Clinical Governance for Quality and Safety at a Healthcare Facility2014
PhDThe impact of beginning nurses on team performance and patient safety in the operating room2014
PhDGratitude in Nursing (Education): Dilemmas and Possibilities2016
PhDAdvanced Practice Nursing in General Practice: A Constructivist Grounded Theory2016
PhDGood Clinicians Don't Necessarily Make Good Managers...Do They?2016


PhDSkills Policy and Equity - A Matter of Human Rights: A grounded theory of equity in policy for vocational education and training (VET)
Candidate: Valmae Heather Kitchener