Gary Misan

Dr Gary Misan

Senior Research Fellow

Health and Medical Sciences Faculty Office

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Gary Misan is an Adjunct Associate Research Professor and Senior Research Fellow with the Department of Rural Health at the University of Adelaide. He is based in Whyalla. Gary has been active in rural health for over 15 years and has had a number of research interests during that time spanning health informatics, quality use of medicines, chronic disease self management, rural health, Aboriginal health, and long distance commuting among others. His current activity focusses on male health, male health policy, men's sheds, osteoporosis and program evaluation. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications to his credit and has been project leader, chief or associate investigator in various project and research grants, including several Category 1 Grants totalling more than $6 million since 2000.

Gary is Company Secretary of the Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies, founding member and public officer for the South Australian Men's Sheds Association, member of Male Health Victoria, the Australian Men’s Health Forum and is President of the Whyalla Men's Shed. Until recently he was also the National Rural Health Alliance representative for the TenToMen National Longitudinal Study in Male Health Community Reference Group.

Gary is married to Debra, has two adult sons and three gorgeous grandchildren. He is an accomplished woodworker and enjoys swimming and cycling among other interests.

Gary began his professional career as a pharmacist in 1979 working principally in hospital pharmacy. After completing his internship at the then new Flinders Medical Centre, he moved to Sale in country Victoria  specialising in Radiopharmacy.

Returning to Adelaide in 1982 Gary worked as a staff pharmacist and from 1986  held affiliate and adjunct lecturer / senior lecturer appointments with both Uni Adelaide and UniSA, respectively, and had pharmacology / therapeutics teaching responsibilities for nursing, pharmacy, medical and dental students. He concluded his primary pharmacy career in 1995 as one of the several Directors of Pharmacy at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

In 1995, Gary assumed responsibility for the Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH) project as its Executive Editor, which resulted in the publication of the first Edition in 1998. The AMH is still published annually and to this day is recognised as the leading independent drug information resource in Australia. In 1997, while still with the AMH Gary completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacology with the University of Adelaide with a thesis titled Drug Utilisation in Hospital Patients. After leaving the AMH early in 1999, Gary returned briefly to the Royal Adelaide Hospital as Director of Drug Distribution and Drug Information Services and assisted with the implementation of a new pharmacy computer system.

Gary then joined the University of Adelaide as a senior lecturer in mid-1999 working for the newly established SA Centre for Rural and Remote Health holding dual portfolios as Director of Clinical Services and IT. In 2002, he became Head of Department and assisted in its evolution to the Spencer Gulf Rural Health School (SGRHS), a joint initiative of the Uni Adelaide and UniSA incorporating the University Department of Rural Health and the new Rural Clinical School Program. Gary was appointed Joint Head of SGRHS in 2003, primarily responsible for the UDRH programs.  In 2006, he relinquished his administrative responsibilities for the Department and assumed responsibility as Head of Research which he continued until June 2010.

In late 2010 Gary left the University of Adelaide and commenced a fixed term appointment as Associate Research Professor with the Centre of Regional Engagement of the University of South Australia, based in Whyalla where he  continued his research interests in men’s sheds, men’s health, the prevalence of chronic disease in Whyalla and program evaluation. In 2011, Gary established the Clinical Bone Densitometry Screening Service in Whyalla. With the demise of the UniSA Centre for Regional Engagement in 2014 and restructuring of the Department of Rural Health in 2015, Gary left UniSA and joined the Rural Clinical School at the University of Adelaide. He currently works part-time as a Senior Research Fellow with continuing interests in male health, men’s sheds and program evaluation.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Senior Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2015 Bone Density Operator Osteoscan P/L
    2013 - 2015 Associate Research Professor University of South Australia
    2010 - 2013 Associate Research Professor University of South Australia
    2006 - 2010 Head of Research University of South Australia and University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2006 Acting Head Research University of Adelaide
    2003 - 2006 Joint Head, Spencer Gulf Rural Health School The University of Adelaide
    2002 - 2006 Director, South Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Health University of South Australia and The University of Adelaide
    1999 - 2002 Director, Clinical Services and Information Technology, South Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Health University of South Australia and University of Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1992 - 1998 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1977 - 1979 South Australian Institute of Technology Australia B Pharm.
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2007 Certificate III in Health and Fitness TAFE Australia
    2007 Certificate in Clinical Bone Densitometry Australian New Zealand Bone Mineral Society Australia
    2002 Professional Certificate in Management The University of Adelaide Australia
    1980 Radionuclides in Medicine Australian Atomic Energy Commission Australia
  • Research Interests

Research and Project Grants
Year Grantees and Project TItle Funding amount
2014 K Muyambi, G Misan, L Martinez, M Jones, K Valuri, K Fielke. An evaluation of the Country Health SA Community Mental Health Rehabilitation Service (CMHRS) based in Whyalla and Mount Gambier $68,250
2013 S Elliott, Misan G, A Young. Expanding Simulation Capacity -2013 - 2016. Collaborative bid to health Workforce Australia by Greater Green Triangle UDRH, UniSA UDRH and Country Health SA. $805,053 (ex GST)
($234,610 to UniSA)
 
2013 G Misan, J Ashfield. Development, publication, distribution and evaluation of male health promotion materials in selected settings in rural SA $30,000
2013 K Muyambi, G Misan. Centacare Catholic Family Services. Staff satisfaction Survey $4,000
2013 G Misan, S Willder, J Ashfield. Development of an on-line men's health check $10,000
2011 Misan G. The impact of long distance commuting on South Australian mining workers and their families in South Australia. Combined Internal UniSA and PHC RED Grant $14,500
2011 Misan G, Muyambi K, Opportunities,  supports  and  barriers  to  youth participation  in  Aboriginal Youth Action Committee (AYAC)  activities. Plaza Youth Centre, Whyalla, SA $13,500
2011 Misan G, Novartis Establishment Grant to establish a Bone Densitometry Service at UniSA $15,000
2010 Misan G, Muyambi K. Evaluation of the SARRAH administered, Commonwealth funded Allied health Clinical Placement Scholarship Program $15,000
2010 Misan G, Muyambi K, Rudnik E. Public health implications of climate variability: are rural communities prepared? (PHCRED Small project Grant, Department of Health and Ageing) $8,000
2010 Misan G, Rudnik E. Development of a men's health group work best practice manual. (PHCRED Small project Grant, Department of Health and Ageing). $25,000
2010 Misan G. Men's sheds: a strategy to improve men's health. (PHCRED Small project Grant, Department of Health and Ageing) $25,000
2010 Misan G, Muyambi K. Evaluation of Men in Black, a service supporting the social and emotional well being of Aboriginal men living in Port Augusta. (PHCRED Small project Grant, Department of Health and Ageing) $25,000
2010 L Jamieson, R Nasir, A Chong, E Parker, K Roberts-Thompson, G Misan, J Spencer. Reducing disease burden and health inequalities arising from chronic dental disease among Indigenous children: an early childhood caries intervention. (ICIHRP Project Grant) $1,390,040
2010 Misan G, Muyambi K. CentaCare - Staff satisfaction survey $2,400
2009 L Jamieson, R Nasir, A Chong, E Parker, K Roberts-Thompson, A Horowitz, G Misan. An intervention to improve oral health literacy in Aboriginal Communities. (NM&MRC Project Grant) $548,000
2009 Robinson G, Muyambi K, Misan G. Evaluation of the Supporting the "Transition of Allied Health Professionals to Remote & Rural Practice Project. (Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health Inc) $7,100
2009 Misan G, Muyambi K. Evaluation report for the Port Lincoln Healthy Weight Challenge. Port Lincoln Community Health Service Inc) $3,350
2009 T Smith, G Misan, J Chesters.  The development of web-based resources for Rural and Remote health professionals to support chronic disease self-management $219,308
2008 Misan G, Muyambi K. Evaluation of the impact of the Port Augusta Regional Centre of Culture project. (Country Arts SA). $15,000
2008 Misan G, Muyambi K. Evaluation of the impact of the healthy Communities Project. (Community Broadcasting Association of Australia). $27,200
2008 G Peterson , S Jackson , L Bereznicki , M Nelson , A McLachlan , B Bajorek , M Angley , J Mullan , Li Gaetani ,  G Misan. The Role of Community Pharmacy in Post Hospital Management of Patients Initiated on Warfarin. $1,129 million
2008 P Ward, S Cole, G Misan et al. Equity of bowel cancer screening: an epidemiological and qualitative study. Application to the SA Government, Strategic Health Research Program $150,000
2007 South Australian Population Health Intergenerational Research Project. R McDermott, Mary Luszcz, Lynne Cobiac, Gary Wittert, Dick Ruffin, Anne Taylor, Peter Howe, Jon Buckley, Gary Misan, Jonathan Newbury, Adrian Esterman. $1.35 Million
2007 G Misan. Menshed Model Evaluation. $30,000
2006 G Bisset, R Fuller, P Harvey, G Misan. Chronic Condition Self-Management (CCSM) an integrated approach to education and training for GPs, other health professionals and the community. $140,000
2006 Nunyara Health for Life Consultancy - G Misan, J Taylor, S Champion, J Webb $15,000
2006 Misan G, Munn P.Evaluation of stakeholder perception of NFWRHS Primary Health Care network model and consultation process. 2,500
2006 Misan G, Taylor J. Project Manager for Wakefield Health Healthy for Life project in association with UniSA Centre for Rural health and Community Development $80,000
2006 G Misan. As Chief investigator with ATN Centre for metabolic Fitness to undertake Whyalla pilot study of effects of polyphenol enriched cocoa on ambulatory blood pressure $12,000
2005 G Misan, P Howe, J Buckley, A Coates. As Chief Investigator with ATN Centre for Metabolic Fitness to undertake Whyalla-based community intervention trial Managing Obesity and Associated Health Issues -  A Community-based Program for Change. $250,000 (over 3 years
2005 G Misan, Warren K. From  OATSIH Consultancy as Facilitator for Continuous Improvement Project for the Early Detecting and Management of Chronic Disease in Aboriginal Communities $30,000
2004 Misan G, Harvey P. Transition funding from Commonwealth Department of health and Ageing to facilitate integration of initiatives from SHC Demonstration project to mainstream health services $276,000
2004 Taylor J, Misan G. Grant from Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing through the Australian Rural Health Education Network to undertake the General Practice / Hospital Integration Issues in Rural and Remote Australia Project. $17,500
2004 Misan G, Adams M. Fourth grant from the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine as part of the Rural and Remote Medicine Practice Program to establish an intern training position at the University Teaching Practice - Whyalla in 2003. $105,000
2004 Misan G. Grant from the Northern and Far Western Regional Health Service to evaluate their Regional Clinical Seniors Service Model  $ 8,000
2003 Misan G, Buckley N, Shakib S, Elwin J, Reid I. Grant from National Prescribing Service, over 12 months, to develop second phase of National Prescribing Curriculum for medical interns $ 98,500
2003 Misan G, Adams M. Third Grant from the Australian College and Rural and Remote Medicine as part of the Rural & Remote Medicine Practice Program to establish an intern training position at the University Teaching Practice ~ Whyalla in 2003 $ 105,000
2003 Walker-Jeffreys, Misan G, Knox C, Blue I. Grant from the Council of Remote Area Nurses, Australia to determine the extent to which CRANA is achieving its aims and objectives. $ 12,000
2002 Richards LC, Wilkinson D, Misan G, Stanley C. NH&MRC Project Grant  - Dental care and oral health for the indigenous communities of South Australia's mid-north. $99,974
2002 Misan G. Second Grant from the Australian College and Rural and Remote Medicine as part of the Rural & Remote Medicine Practice Program to establish an intern training position at the University Teaching Practice ~ Whyalla in 2002 $ 105,000
2001 Misan G, McKenzie W. Grant from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging to explore and establish a Virtual Amalgamation of three General Practices in Whyalla, South Australia. $ 97,000
2001 Misan G, Fuller J, McKenzie, W, Noone J, Hobart P, Coleman M. Consultancy for the Information Economy Policy Office of the South Australian Government Department of Administrative and Information Services to undertake a Needs Analysis and Prepare a Business Case of the IT Needs of People with Disabilities in Regional South Australia $ 34,000
2001 Misan G. Grant from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Care for Sharing Health Care initiative entitled: Our Health In Our Hands in Our Region - Sharing Health Care SA. The aim is to develop & trial a range of chronic disease self-management service delivery models for people with chronic conditions in rural & remote South Australia". Grant period July 2001 June 2004 $1,251,400
2001 Misan G. Inaugural grant from the Australian College and Rural and Remote Medicine as part of the Rural & Remote Medicine Practice Program to establish an intern training position at the University Teaching Practice ~ Whyalla in 2001 $ 120,000
2000 Misan G, Buckley N, Shakib S, Elwin J, Reid I. Grant from National Prescribing Service, over 20 months, to develop, maintain & support an interactive, web based prescribing curriculum for senior medical students. $ 243,000
2000 Misan G. Quality Use of Medicines Evaluation Program grant of through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Branch of Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care for a project entitled ' Building a sustainable model for QUM activity in a rural community.  $ 185,000
2000 Misan G. Grant from the Department of Health and Ageing to develop the expression of interest and the framework for the eventual Sharing Health care: Our Health in our hands in our region $ 20,000
1999 Misan G. QUM Community grant to promote QUM awareness in Aboriginal Communities in rural & remote South Australia $ 2,500
1999 Blue I, Taylor J. Symons B, Misan G. RHSET grant to consider a sustainable model of rural academic general teaching practices for the training of medical students $ 66,700
1995 Misan G. Commonwealth Department of Health Grant on behalf of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia to undertake a project entitled A study to determine the feasibility of routine collection of quantitative drug utilisation data from Australian Hospitals $ 33,000
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  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk Assessment and Prophylaxis: A Comprehensive Systematic Review of the Facilitators and Barriers to Healthcare Worker Compliance with Clinical Practice Guidelines in the Acute Care Setting Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Ms Sherryl Ann Gaston
  • Position: Senior Research Fellow
  • Email: gary.misan@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Spencer Gulf Rural Health School
  • Building: Main Building UniSA Whyalla Campus, floor G
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Rural Clinical School

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