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Researcher: Willis, K (Dr Karen Willis)

Fields of Research

Sociology
Health services and systems
Urban sociology and community studies
Sociological methodology and research methods
Social policy
Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine
Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Mental health services
Sociology of education
Social theory
Social work
Rural sociology
Urban geography
Nutrition and dietetics
Social program evaluation
Health promotion
Respiratory diseases
Occupational and workplace health and safety
Nursing
Family and household studies
Preventative health care
Public policy
Primary health care
Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Endocrinology
Health and community services
Podiatry

Research Objectives

Women's and maternal health
Expanding knowledge in human society
Health policy evaluation
Other health
Pacific Peoples community services
Children's services and childcare
Mental health
Rural and remote area health
Behaviour and health
Public health (excl. specific population health)
Clinical health
Other culture and society
Preventive medicine
Evaluation of health and support services
Communication
Religion
Structure, delivery and resourcing
Occupational health
Families and family services
Nutrition
Employment patterns and change
Government and politics
Social structure and health
Civics and citizenship
Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
Gender and sexualities

Career Best Publications

' I come because I am called': Recruitment and participation in mammography screening in Uppsala, Sweden; Health Care for Women International
A hierarchy of evidence for assessing qualitative health research; Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Analysing Qualitative Data; Social Research Methods: An Australian Perspective
Generating best evidence from qualitative research: the role of data analysis; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Personal choice/social responsibility: women aged 40-49 years and mammography screening; Journal of Sociology
Society, Culture and Health - An Introduction to Sociology for Nurses; Oxford University Press
Taking Responsibility or Averting Risk? A socio-cultural approach to risk and trust in private health insurance decisions; Health, Risk and Society
The essential role of social theory in qualitative public health research; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Trusting technology: Women aged 40-49 years participating in screening for breast cancer - an exploratory study; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Research Publications

' I come because I am called': Recruitment and participation in mammography screening in Uppsala, Sweden; Health Care for Women International
A hierarchy of evidence for assessing qualitative health research; Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Analysing Qualitative Data; Social Research Methods: An Australian Perspective
Building community networks: a road trauma education and training program for rural areas; Australian Journal of Rural Health
Celebrity and performance in the hopes of children; Childhood and cultures: social and human sciences perspectives
Challenging the Evidence - Women's Health Policy in Australia; Evidence-based Health Policy
Choosing to participate in mammography screening: women's decision making in a contentious scientific and policy context
Coming, ready or not! Perceptions of flood risk in the Launceston community; 5th Victorian Flood Management Conference
Compromise, Country Women and Cancer: Women's Health Policy in Australia; Annual Review of Health Social Sciences
Constructing health consumers: Private health insurance discourses in Australia and the United Kingdom; Health Sociology Review
Exploring implementation and sustainability of models of care: can theory help?; BMC Public Health
Feminist public health practice and population-based health strategies: breast cancer screening in Australia; Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
Flood risk in Launceston: Understanding community perceptions and policy responses
Fragile Pathways: The Trajectory from Child Protection into Youth Detention
Generating best evidence from qualitative research: the role of data analysis; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Good Mothers and Good Workers: A Case Study Exploring the 'Seamless' Approach to Work and Child Care Responsibilities; Just Policy
Hobart Family Relationship Centre Evaluation Project
I feel like I'm dancing on the Titanic: Managing the stress of farming in difficult times; Opening the Gates on Farmer Health, National Centre for Farmer Health Inaugural Conference
Navigating public/private healthcare boundaries: choice and healthcare capital; 2011 TASA Conference
Older Australian women use complementary fertility care: A practice audit; Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Participating in research: exploring participation and engagement in a study of self-management for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Qualitative Health Research
Perils and possibilities: achieving best evidence from focus groups in public health research; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Personal choice/social responsibility: women aged 40-49 years and mammography screening; Journal of Sociology
Problems with provision: barriers to drinking water quality and public health in rural Tasmania, Australia; Rural and Remote Health Journal
SAAP, Safety and Domestic Violence: A Content Analysis; Just Policy
Selling Sickness: How Drug Companies are Turning us all into Patients
Society, Culture and Health - An Introduction to Sociology for Nurses; Oxford University Press
Society, Culture and Health: An Introduction to Sociology for Nurses; Oxford University Press
Society, Culture and Health: An Introduction to Sociology for Nurses; Oxford University Press
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care: A Critical Approach - Weitz, Rose; Health Sociology Review
Staying healthy: how farmers and fishers maintain good health in difficult times; 11th National Rural Health Conference
Staying Healthy: The Case of Cotton and Cane Growers in Australia; Health and Well-Being: A Social and Cultural Perspective
Taking account of context - self care and relationships in chronic disease self management; Health Issues
Taking Responsibility or Averting Risk? A socio-cultural approach to risk and trust in private health insurance decisions; Health, Risk and Society
The essential role of social theory in qualitative public health research; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Tree of Hope; Launceston City Council
Tree of Hope - 5 Years On
Tree of Hope Exhibition, 24th June - 2nd July
Tree of Hope: 5 Years on - Exhibition
Trusting technology: Women aged 40-49 years participating in screening for breast cancer - an exploratory study; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Understanding risk, choice and amenity in an urban area at risk of flooding; Housing Studies
Weighing up the risks - the decision to purchase housing on a flood plain; The Australian Journal of Emergency Management
What have sampling and data collection got to do with good qualitative research?; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
What's in a name: integrative medicine or simply good medical practice?; Family Practice
Who Will Benefit? The Case of Screening for Breast Cancer Using Mammography; Techologies and Health - Critical Compromises
Women's Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Fertility Enhancement: A Review of the Literature; Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Women's work. Maintaining a healthy body weight; Appetite: The Journal for Research on Intake, and Dietary Practices, Their Control and Consequences
Working Under Pressure - A Pilot Study of Nurse Work in a Postoperative Setting; Clinical Nurse Specialist
Working with people with eating disorders: how do professional attitudes affect approaches to early intervention?; Australian Journal of Primary Health Interchange

Research Projects

Breast Cancer Screening: Why Some Women Do and Some Women Don't; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Choosing to participate in mammography screening: women's decision making in a contentious scientific and policy context; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
How Consumers Negotiate Between Complimentary and Conventional Health Systems - a Qualitative Study of 'Depression'; National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
International Colloquium Childhood and Cultures: Social and Human Sciences Perspectives - France, 2010; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Policy Incentive or Personal Choice - Deciding to Take Out Private Health Insurance (An Exploratory Study); University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Staying Healthy: Behaviours and Services Used by Farmers and Fishers; AgriFutures (AgFut)
The design and development of RHSET proposals with rural and remote health workers in Tasmania; Department of Health and Ageing (DHA)
Evaluation of Hobart Family Relationship Centre
Evaluation of NEWPIN
Flood Risk Study
Tasmanian Trajectory Pathways through Child Protection into the Criminal Justice System
Unemployment and Health Project

Research Candidate Supervision

'Sense and Sensibilities of Place' A comparative study of bioregionalism in regional and rural Tasmania
'There is never, never a right or wrong answer'- the co-construction of 'good mothering' ideologies and practices within child and family health nurses interactions with low-income mothers
Beyond Childhood Cancer- Bringing Primary Carers into Focus
Challengng social capital - social capital and power experiences of environmental activism.
Disaster Management- An exploration of participatory and holistic policy and practice- Approaches in Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America
Discrimination of Men in the Workplace
Grey Nomads in Australia- Technologies of Mobility and the Transformation of Ageing
Health Informatics, Discourses and the Use of Personal Health Information- Which piper, which tune and who pays?
Housing Insecurity in Retirement- An Analysis of Ex-Service Housing Experience
I'm Not a 'Real' Risk Taker- Constructing Moral Identities Through Sexual Storytelling
The meaning of higher education in refugee resettlement experiences for students studying at the University of Tasmania
Turning the Tap- Drinking Water Governance & Public Health in Tasmania- A sociological Study
Why is homeownership the 'Great Australian Dream'? An analysis of the conflicting desires which first home buyers have for purchasing a home, and the homeownership decision-making-process
Young People Strengthening Their Communities