Principal Sector Specialist for Health, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Dr Stephanie Williams is a Public Health Physician and Epidemiologist, who is the Principal Specialist Health at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In this role, she is responsible for providing strategic and technical advice on health within aid policy and programs. Most recently, she was a Medical Adviser in the Office of Health Protection in the Australian Government Department of Health. She provided clinical and technical advice to support health responses to communicable diseases, shaped national communicable disease control policy, and strategic engagement with research for policy outcomes.
Dr Williams’ previous roles have included: Public Health Registrar for Victoria’s Chief Health Officer; Epidemiologist in Global Health Security for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva; and as a medical doctor in Australia and overseas for Medicines Sans Frontières and the WHO (on malaria treatment policy in Myanmar).
Dr Williams holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Monash University, a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from James Cook University, and a Master of Applied Epidemiology from ANU. She is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and a Visiting Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at ANU.