Professor Trish Williams

Professor of Digital Health Systems

College of Science and Engineering

place Tonsley Building (5.03)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Trish Williams is Cisco Chair and Professor in Digital Health Systems at Flinders University in South Australia, Director of the Flinders Digital Health Research Centre and the Cisco-Flinders Digital Health Design Lab. She holds a leadership position in the College of Science and Engineering in research, IT/Software Engineering/Security/Health Informatics disciplines and in staff supervision. As International Co-Chair of HL7 Security, and Australian expert on security, software and safety on health informatics ISO standards (Technical Committee 215), she builds on over 30 years of experience in healthcare computing including 15 years’ industry experience in general practice and pharmacy computing.

Professor Williams has a strong focus on the translation of research into practical application, demonstration of the contribution that digital health technologies can make to support healthcare, and the use of information security as an enabler for improved healthcare communication and interoperability. She is recognised internationally for her digital health information security expertise and experience in digital health information interoperability. Professor Williams is the primary author of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Computer and Information Security Standards, translating essential information security practice into accessible and implementable practical guidance for primary care. She is currently working on the EU TREsPASS project (Technology-Supported Risk Estimation by Predictive Assessment of Socio-Technical Security) to translate the research outcomes to practical use-cases in healthcare and tertiary education for the European Union. Further, as co-lead on the new IEC/ISO 80001 Foundation Standard for medical devices in IT networks, and member of the IEC/ISO 82304 Medical Device and Health Software Safety development working group, she has demonstrated skills in cross-discipline and cross-industry collaboration. Supporting this Professor Williams has attracted funding from industry partners for PhD Scholarships on remote patient monitoring and research into the application of international eHealth software safety standards in the Australian context.


2007 Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

Research topic: Medical Information Security

2006 Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary Teaching), Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

2001 Master of Science (Computer Science), Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

1983 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics and Computing, University of Glamorgan, Wales.

Honours, awards and grants

2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health Award from Telstra Health.

2021 Awarded Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)

Teaching interests

Cybersecurity, Information Warfare, Health Informatics, Information Systems, Information Systems Design and Development

Topic coordinator
COMP3781 Cybersecurity
COMP7701 Advanced Enterprise Security
COMP3721 Enterprise Information Security
Topic lecturer
COMP7701 Advanced Enterprise Security
Supervisory interests
Data Governance
Digital Hospital Infrastructure
Digital health
Health Internet of Things
Health informatics
Security in Healthcare
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Digital Forensics (1), Information Flow and Patient Safety (1), Healthcare Internet of Things Security (2), Digital Health Smart Homes (1), Healthcare Apps (1), Data Privacy in Healthcare (1)
Associate supervisor: Patient experience (2), Data Mining in Healthcare (1)
Principal supervisor: Information Flow and Patient Safety (1), Information Security Governance (1), Security, ICT and Trust (1), Digital Forensics (2), Accessibility in Video Game Design (2), Software Engineering/Development (2), Cybersecurity in Healthcare (4)
Associate supervisor: Cybersecurity (1), Security Intelligence (1), Software Engineering/Development (1), Digital Forensics (1)
Further information

As Chair of Health Level 7 (HL7) Australia (2013-2015) she supported the health informatics community by championing standards, including facilitating good practice implementation and use of standards, developing skills and knowledge to foster a community of practice. Professor Williams also serves on the NPS MedicineWise Data Governance Committee, AustCyber South Australian Node Advisory Board, and CareSearch National Advisory Group as well as industry and health advisory boards. She has over 130 health and medical information security publications.