Dr Kathryn Williams
Endicronologist Dr Kathryn Williams is an evangelist for a new multidisciplinary model of obesity management, pioneering integrated care and tailored, community-based obesity management strategies.
"Integrated care is my passion, keeping care close to home for the patient and looking holistically at both health and wellbeing," she says.
As a leader of The Obesity Collective Kathryn feeds into public policy and advocates for better obesity management nationally and internationally.
The keen permaculturalist Kathryn lives locally on acres in the Hawkesbury and draws inspiration from the bush.
"Nature and need keep me motivated," as she puts it.
"There is real gold in this community, people are very invested in their area."
"Unfortunately however" she warns, "locally the obesity epidemic has been normalised."
Kathryn leads 20 clinicians at Nepean and loves the mentoring and teaching aspects of her work.
"Teaching is a really positive interaction where you can have an impact. It is great to guide people to think and problem solve for themselves."
She sees working at Nepean as "an opportunity to make a difference."
"At Nepean there are far fewer barriers to thinking outside the box. There are issues in outer western Sydney and youe are almost mandated to help find solutions."
Kathryn is working toward local solutions to the obesity challenge and would love to see better integration in servive delivery among stakeholders, including local government.
"It is incumbent on as all to have more conversations locally and develop common goals."
Dr Kathryn Williams
(BMed(Sci) MBBS/Hons1), PhD, FRACP
Kathryn is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and the Clinical Lead and Manager for the Nepean Family Metabolic Health Service, a tertiary, public, whole of lifespan obesity service in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. She is a staff specialist in endocrinology at Nepean Hospital.
Obesity medicine; diabetes; integrated person-centered care.
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