Hayley Williams is an Aboriginal researcher with family ties in Tingha and Inverell in north-eastern NSW and connections to Gubbi Gubbi land on the Sunshine Coast of QLD. Over the past 7 years, Hayley has been working in various areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research including cancer epidemiology, bronchiectasis, health service continuous quality improvement, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention.
Hayley is currently completing her PhD with the Children’s Burns and Trauma Research team at the University of Queensland and holds post-graduate scholarships from NHMRC and the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Hayley’s PhD project forms part of the Coolamon study at The George Institute and primarily focuses on the use of Indigenous research methodologies to explore the psychological and social implications of burn injuries on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their caregivers, and their treating clinicians. Hayley is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and has a particular interest in emotional traumas and resilient behaviours among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adolescents.