Dr Bill Williams

Position within MAPW: 
Immediate Past President

bill [dot] williams [at] mapw [dot] org [dot] au or via Executive Officer: (03) 9023 1958 or 0431 475 465

Professional Qualifications: 
Current field of medicine: 

Rural general practice

Special areas of interest: 
Nuclear weapons. uranium mining, nuclear waste, health effects of radiation, Aboriginal health, the roots of violence.

Dr. Bill Williams is Immediate Past President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia).

A General Practitioner with over twenty-five years experience in community medicine, Dr Bill Williams' career has included clinical and public health responsibilities in urban, rural and remote locations, including ‘developing’ populations in Australia and overseas. He has worked as a primary care physician in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia's Western Desert, and in post-conflict zones in Latin America and Africa.

His research, writing and teaching interests include the risks associated with the nuclear fuel chain, the roots of violence, and the health of Aboriginal Australians.

Recent publications have focused on the role of health professionals in reducing nuclear weapons proliferation risks and healthy pathways to a secure global energy future. Dr Williams is also a major contributor to Vision 2030, MAPW's analysis of Australia's defence strategy.

Dr Williams first joined MAPW in 1983 out of concern about the nuclear industry, which he saw as the greatest threat to global health. As medical professionals, he says, "there's no point improving the nation's collective cholesterol level if we poison the earth for our grandchildren."

He has also served as International Councillor of the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNWi) and as board member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (ICANi).