Associate Professor Jon Willis

Poche Centre Academic

UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
j.willis2@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56733

Overview

Jon Willis is a medical anthropologist and social epidemiologist specialising in Indigenous and public health.

Jon Willis is an Associate Professor in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland, and Research Director of the University of Queensland Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. He has had a strong interest in Indigenous Australian health since his undergraduate training as an anthropologist at UNSW in the early 1980s. He worked for the Pitjantjatjara people of Central Australia from 1985-1997 as an applied anthropologist, and was responsible for the conduct and/or management of many research projects, including research into Indigenous uses of the built environment, the provision of community-based care and support to older people, and the investigation of native title for the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage. He has given expert evidence in several native title cases, and served on several Ministerial Advisory Committees at State and National levels. He has a PhD from the Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health and Nutrition, focussed on Pitjantjatjara men’s practices of masculinity and sexual risk. Since the completion of his PhD, he worked as a Lecturer in Indigenous Health at the University of Queensland (1997-1999), as a Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (1999-2007), and as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at La Trobe University Bendigo from 2007- 2012, where he taught epidemiology, social research methods and health psychology. He rejoined The University of Queensland in 2012 as Academic Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, and in 2016 transitioned to the role of Research Director in the University of Queensland Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.

His main publications have been about Aboriginal health culture, including in the areas of aged care, renal disease, palliative care, accidental death, and men's health and sexual culture. He has evaluated many regional, state and national level health programs for Indigenous Australians. His has also conducted mainstream public health social science research including studies in workplace health, pharmacists' knowledge of complementary medicine, the use of clinical pathways in emergency medicine, the use of psychiatric medications in prisons, the use of alternative therapies by perimenopausal women, HIV positive women's reproductive health decision-making, and the experience of women with reproductive and breast cancer risk.

Research Interests

  • Urban Indigenous Health
    The way that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people engage with health services in urban and peri-urban parts of Australia
  • Western Desert Aboriginal culture
    Contemporary adaptations to changing social, political and economic conditions in Central Australia, and the cultural shifts that these engender
  • Postcolonial studies in the Australian context
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interactions and adaptations to settler/colonial culture
  • Social and cultural aspects of sexual and reproductive health
    The intersections of gender, sexuality, and risk: men's and women's reproductive health, trans identities and cultural responses, blood-borne virus impacts on sexual cultures, gender and sexuality in the clinical setting.

Qualifications

  • Phd Tropical and Public Health, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Hall, N., Barbosa, M. C., Currie, D., Dean, A.J., Head, B., Hill, P. S., Naylor, S., Reid, S., Selvey, L. and Willis, J. (2017). Water, sanitation and hygiene in remote Indigenous Australian communities: a scan of priorities. Global Change Institute discussion paper: water for equity and wellbeing series 2207-9602, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

  • Hall, N., Acosta Jaramillo, C. M., Jagals, P., Currie, D., Ossa-Moreno, J., Dean, A., Ross, H., Bowling, T., Hill, P., Head, B., Richards, R., Willis, J., Abal, E. and Cruz Lopez, D. (2016). Strengthening community participation in meeting UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 for water, sanitation and hygiene. Global Change Institute Discussion Paper: Water for Equity and Wellbeing Series 2207-9602, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

  • Hall, Nina , Abal, Eva, Albert, Simon , Ali, Saleem , Barrington, Dani , Dean, Angela , Head, Brian, Hill, Peter, Hussey, Karen , Jagals, Paul , Muriuki, Grace , Pascoe, Mark , Reid, Simon , Richards, Russell, Robinson, Jacqueline, Ross, Helen , Shannon, Cindy , Torero Cullen, Jose and Willis, Jon (2016). The UN Sustainable Development Goals for water and sanitation: how should Australia respond within and beyond its borders?. Global Change Institute discussion paper: water for equity and wellbeing series 2207-9602, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

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Supervision

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Willis, Jon and Saunders, Mark (2007). Research in a post-colonial world: the example of Australian Aborigines. In Marian Pitts and Anthony Smith (Ed.), Researching the margins: strategies for ethical and rigorous research with marginalised communities (pp. 96-113) Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9780230224476

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Hall, N., Barbosa, M. C., Currie, D., Dean, A.J., Head, B., Hill, P. S., Naylor, S., Reid, S., Selvey, L. and Willis, J. (2017). Water, sanitation and hygiene in remote Indigenous Australian communities: a scan of priorities. Global Change Institute discussion paper: water for equity and wellbeing series 2207-9602, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

  • Hall, N., Acosta Jaramillo, C. M., Jagals, P., Currie, D., Ossa-Moreno, J., Dean, A., Ross, H., Bowling, T., Hill, P., Head, B., Richards, R., Willis, J., Abal, E. and Cruz Lopez, D. (2016). Strengthening community participation in meeting UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 for water, sanitation and hygiene. Global Change Institute Discussion Paper: Water for Equity and Wellbeing Series 2207-9602, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

  • Hall, Nina , Abal, Eva, Albert, Simon , Ali, Saleem , Barrington, Dani , Dean, Angela , Head, Brian, Hill, Peter, Hussey, Karen , Jagals, Paul , Muriuki, Grace , Pascoe, Mark , Reid, Simon , Richards, Russell, Robinson, Jacqueline, Ross, Helen , Shannon, Cindy , Torero Cullen, Jose and Willis, Jon (2016). The UN Sustainable Development Goals for water and sanitation: how should Australia respond within and beyond its borders?. Global Change Institute discussion paper: water for equity and wellbeing series 2207-9602, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

  • Hall, N., Richards, R., Barrington, D., Ross, H., Reid, S., Head, B., Jagals, P., Dean, A., Hussey, K., Abal, E., Ali, S., Boully, L. and Willis, J. (2016). Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals for water and beyond. Global Change Institute Discussion Paper: Water for Equity and Wellbeing Series 2207-9602, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor