Jon Willis is a medical anthropologist and social epidemiologist specialising in Indigenous and public health
Dr Jon Willis is an Associate Professor in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland. He has had a strong interest in Indigenous Australian health, sexual health and rural health since his undergraduate training as an anthropologist at UNSW in the early 1980s. He worked for the Pitjantjatjara people of Central Australia from 1985-1997 as an applied anthropologist, and was responsible for the conduct and/or management of many research projects, including research into Indigenous uses of the built environment, and investigation of native title for the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage. He has given expert evidence in several native title cases. He has a PhD from the Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health and Nutrition, focussed on Pitjantjatjara menís practices of masculinity and sexual risk. Since the completion of his PhD, he worked as a Lecturer in Indigenous Health at the University of Queensland (1997-1999), as a Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society since July 1999, and as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at La Trobe University Bendigo from 2007- 2012, where he taught epidemiology, social research methods and health psychology. His main publications have been about Aboriginal health culture, including in the areas of aged care, renal disease, palliative care, accidental death, and male sexual culture, although he has been involved in the evaluation of many regional, state and national level health programs for Indigenous Australians. His most recent work has included studies in a range of public health areas, including workplace health, pharmacists knowledge of complementary medicine, the use of clinical pathways in emergency medicine, the use of psychiatric medications in prisons, and the use of alternative therapies by perimenopausal women.