Dr Christopher Williams, BAppSc, MPhty, PhD

Program Manager, Hunter New England Population Health
Clinical Research Fellow, Hunter New England Local Health District
Research Fellow (NHRMC),  School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

Chris claims to be a population health physiotherapist. He has qualifications in exercise science, physiotherapy and completed a PhD from the Sydney Medical School and George Institute for Global Health in 2013.

In 2013, Chris relocated to Newcastle, NSW and has since worked with the Hunter New England Population Health Unit. Initially he worked as an evaluation officer for the Healthy Children’s Initiative. In 2014, he established and continues to lead the Hunter New England Musculoskeletal Health Program; a coordinated health service delivery and research program, which is focused on health services capacity to improve population health outcomes related to musculoskeletal conditions and co-existing health behavioural risks. Chris is also appointed to the Hunter New England Local Health District as a Clinical Research Fellow, as part of an initiative to integrate clinician researchers within routine practice. As part of this work Chris has established and coordinated clinical research projects in various clinical units across the Health District, including community health services, John Hunter Hospital Physiotherapy Department and Outpatient Services. The work utilises a research co-production framework to answer clinical questions and enhance translation of research findings.

Through the above programs, Chris has pursued his research interests in the use of novel methods to conduct efficient research trials in real world contexts, including cohort multiple RCTs, and the integration of clinical and population health services. Largely, his work has focused on developing and testing the impact of clinical and public health interventions on individual outcomes, as well as testing the effect of ‘implementation strategies’ to improve practice and its coordination of care across settings. This work is equally concerned with improving access to care for those in rural and remote locations. More recently Chris’s research interest has extended to consider in the individual, social and health system dynamics, which interact to lead longer term health problems.

See Christopher Williams publications here.