Major research interests include:- 1. Prevention and management chronic diseases especially diabetes cardiovascular disease, in primary care. 2. Health inequalities research including interventions to improve the health status of disadvantaged groups including the unemployed, refugees (asylum seekers) and Aboriginal people.
Broad Research Areas:
Primary Health Care, Cardiology and Vascular Disease, Diabetes, Preventive Medicine, Health Services Research
MB BS MD Syd, DRACOG, FRACGP
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
1. Member of Australian Government Expert Advisory Committee on Population Health 2006-8, 2. Member of National Vascular Disease Partnership advisory group on Absolute Cardiovascular Risk 2006-7, 3. Member of the National Heart Foundation Clinical Issues Committee 2003-2012 , 4. Member of National Diabetes Data Working Group 1998 to present, 5. Member of Chronic disease Chronic, Aged and Community Health Health Priority Task Force for NSW Health Department 2005 to 2011t, 6. Member of Quality Committee and Chair of Red Book Task Force for RACGP 2002 to present. , 7. Member of Diabetes Australia NHMRC Type 2 Diabetes Guidelines Steering Group, 8. Member of Council of Australian Government Expert Advisory Group on Diabetes Prevention 2007-, 9. Member of Steering Committee COAG standards for Lifestyle Modification Programs for Diabetes 2008-2009, 10. Senior Examiner for Australian Medical Council, 11. Member of Expert Advisory Group on Primary Health Strategy for Australian Department of Health and Ageing 2008-9, 12. Member of Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Reference Group for Telehealth trial 2012 13. Member of NHMRC Prevention and Community Health Committee 2012- 14.Member of AVANT Doctors in Training –Research Scholarships Program Committee 2012 15. Member of National Prescribing Service Diagnostic Advisory Committee 2012
Specific Research Keywords:
Primary Health Care, Preventative Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Health inequalities, Cardiology and Vascular Disease
His Research Support in last 5 years includes the following:
He is Executive Director of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity
His contributions have been largely in the prevention and management of chronic conditions and in the health of socioeconomically disadvantaged patients including indigenous Australians and refugees. His most contributed topics in the past five years are primary health care, prevention, shared care and self-management of long-term conditions diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer), digital health, refugee health and access to primary health care by vulnerable population groups and community health workers as health navigators.
This research has involved collaborations with researchers in Australia and overseas (especially in the UK, Canada and NZ) and informed government and professional policy, evidence-based guidelines and practice at local, state and national levels. His research into prevention and management of chronic disease in primary health care has led to the development of better practice in the sector. He has conducted previous trials in general practice and community health services on preventive care, including a project on Implementing Guidelines for Preventive Care in General Practice, a Centre of Research Excellence on Management and Prevention of Obesity in Primary Health Care and a large trial of m-health in preventive care for patients with low health literacy in general practice. He currently leads implementation trials of Community Health Workers outreaching care into the community, and web-based interactive shared care plans for cancer survivors and patients with severe mental health illness. He has conducted health equity research with socially disadvantaged groups (Aboriginal and refugee populations). These have informed policy and services in PHC and non-government organisations.
My Research Supervision
Charlotte Hespe, Quality improvement in primary health care
Prince Peprah, Barriers and facilitators to primary care for recently arrived refugees.
Tejas Kanhere, Experience using a health app in primary health care for preventive care
Uday Yadav, Health literacy and self management of chronic respiratory disease in Nepal
Sabuj Kanti Mystry, Community Health Workers as navigators in general practice
Katherine Thorburne, Codesign and evaluation of intervention to improve care for people with severe mental illness in general practice
Vera Buss Development of risk profiling matrix for chronic diseases and preventive smartphone application
Rashid Ansari, Self-management of type 2 diabetes: focusing on the middle-aged population of rural area of Peshawar Pakistan
MPH Stream: Primary Health Care
MPH course: 9129 Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease in PHC.