Professor Eileen Willis has a research interest in the area of Indigenous public health policy particularly access to health care and domestic water. She also has research expertise in the impact of health reform on working time. Research projects have included the impact of Excelcare on nurse's caring time, and enterprise bargaining and working time for health professionals. She has conducted research on the gynaecological cancer workforce, and the development of a community mental health professional's working time tool. She is currently engaged in two research projects examining the impact of rationalised care in the public hospital system and international nurses. Dr Willis has attracted funding from government and private organizations to do small scale in-depth qualitative studies on attitudes, values and aspirations to social policy of various population groups. She was the foundation editor of the international journal, Health Sociology Review, and currently serves on the editorial board. She is also on the foundation editorial board of Leadership and Policy Quarterly
Doctor of Philosophy, 2004. University of Adelaide, Faculty of Arts, Department of Social Inquiry. Title: Accelerating control: An ethnographic account of the impact of micro-economic reform on the work of health professionals. The thesis argues that state control over the work of health professionals in public hospitals, particularly nurses and early career doctors, has increased following the introduction of casemix DRGs, the 1992-1998 and 1998-2003 Medicare agreements and the move to enterprise bargaining. The theoretical work of the neo-Marxist, Moshe Postone (1996) was used to illustrate the increased intensification of work and structural control, while Richard Fenn's (1995) thesis The Persistence of Purgatory (1995) was employed to support the cultural origins of intensified working time.
Master of Education by Research, 1985. University of New England, School of Education. Title: Servant of two masters: a study of the Aboriginal Health Worker Literacy program in the Southern Region of the Northern Territory. An evaluative study of an innovative training program where Remote Area Nurses were asked to integrate the teaching of literacy with clinical skills to Aboriginal Health Workers. Using the sociological framework of marginality (Stonequist 1937; Clark 1952) and the theoretical/methodological approach of grounded theory (Glaser and Strauss 1976) I employed qualitative methods of participant observation, interviews, back translation, and document analysis. This data was triangulated with a quantitative pre and post literacy test based on the WHO 'Road to Health' chart. Results indicated that RANs clinical workload resembled an Accident and Emergency department leaving them no time for primary health care activities, which remained marginal to their work.
Bachelor of Education (Sociology major). South Australian College of Advanced Education, (Underdale 1980) and Murdoch University (1978-9).
Certificate of Teaching. Graylands Teachers' College, Western Australia (1969)
Accreditation Panel; Council of Ambulance Authorities
Editorial Team: Health Sociology Review 2010-2013
Editorial Board: Leadership and Policy Quarterly