Nicole Williams

Dr Nicole Williams

Senior Research Associate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters only (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Developmental dysplasia of the hips (DDH)

Women's and Children's Hospital has a long history of research into improving early detection and outcomes for children with DDH and now collaborates with the International Hip Dysplasia Institute and contributes data to the International Hip Dysplasia Registry. Multiple research opportunities are available in this field.


Paediatric musculoskeletal infections

Projects are underway investigating the best methods to investigate and manage childhood bone and joint infections including the use of procalcitonin and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to investigate and minimising invasive surgery if possible. There is opportunity to participate in prospective projects leading on from current retrospective analyses.


Paediatric trauma

Women's and Children's Hospital is the major trauma centre managing children on SA and surrounding regions. Injury prevention and multidisciplinary management are areas of ongoing research.


Spinal deformity

A prospective spinal surgery database informs many audit and research activities.


Rare diseases

Multidisciplinary research is ongoing in areas including mucopolysaccharidosis, vascular anomalies and other rare diseases.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Head of Unit Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
    2018 Associate Professor (Clinical Titleholder) University of Adelaide
    2015 Staff Specialist Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
    2012 Senior Research Associate University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2012 - 2016 Visiting Medical Officer Modbury Hospital, Adelaide
    2012 - 2015 Visiting Medical Officer Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2000 - 2001 University of Newcastle Australia, Newcastle Australia BMedSc(hons)
    1997 - 2002 University of Newcastle Australia, Newcastle Australia BMed
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2011 - 2012 Clinical Research Fellow Women's and Children's Health Network, North Adelaide Australia
    2011 - 2011 International Fellow Shriners Hospitals for Children - Portland, Portland United States
    2010 - 2011 Senior Registrar Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2007 - 2010 Advanced Surgical Trainee Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2004 - 2007 Basic Surgical Trainee Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor The diagnostic test accuracy of serum measurement of procalcitonin and C-reactive protein for bone and joint infection in children and adolescents. A systemic review protocol. Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Dr Brett Kingsley Ritchie
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Why are rural babies and increased risk of late DDH? Women's and Children's Hospital Medicine Honours Full Time Fraser Betley
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Long term outcomes in paediatric hip septic arthritis Women's and Children's Hospital Health and Medical Sciences Honours Full Time Alex-Marie Howard
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Board Healthy Hips Australia Australia
    2012 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Medical Advisory Board International Hip Dysplasia Institute United States
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing President Executive Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Federal Training Committee Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
    2015 - ongoing Chair SA/NT Regional Training Committee Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
  • Position: Senior Research Associate
  • Phone: 81617223
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8161 7057
  • Campus: Womens & Childrens Hospital
  • Building: WCH - Good Friday Building, floor 2
  • Org Unit: Surgical Specialties

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