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Professor Karen Willis Professor of Allied Health RM Hospital, Social Work & Social Policy

Karen Willis is a health sociologist and qualitative research methodologist. Her current role is Professor of Allied Health Research at Melbourne Health, where she undertakes capacity building with allied health clinicians; links allied health clinicians to researchers at La Trobe University; and develops strategies aimed at increasing research output at Melbourne Health and strengthening the partnership between Melbourne Health and La Trobe University.

Research interests focus on health choices and health behaviour. She has undertaken research on how people navigate healthcare, why they choose to take out private health insurance, and what people do to stay healthy. Her current research examines interactions between health professionals and people with chronic health conditions.


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