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.
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 Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 1992 - 1998 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD 1977 - 1979 South Australian Institute of Technology Australia B Pharm.
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
Year Citation 2009 Davison, K., Berry, N., Coates, A., Misan, G., Buckley, J., & Howe, P. (2009). IS THERE A THRESHOLD EFFECT OF FLAVANOL RICH COCOA ON BLOOD PRESSURE?. In HYPERTENSION Vol. 53 (pp. 1104-1105). Melbourne, AUSTRALIA: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS.
2008 Rudnik, E., Misan, G., & Taylor, J. (2008). Research development placements - a model for primary health care research training. In Teaching and Research - making the connection in Health Sciences (pp. 109-123). Australia: University of South Australia. 2008 Coates, A., Pettman, T., Buckley, J., Misan, G., & Howe, P. (2008). Health Benefits of a Group Based Diet and Lifestyle Modification Program for Metabolic Syndrome. In OBESITY Vol. 16 (pp. S232). Phoenix, AZ: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP. 2008 Misan, G. (2008). Student rural research - the SGRHS experience of student vacation bursaries. In Proceedings of the Health Sciences Conference 2007 (pp. 183-197). Australia: UniSA. 2007 Owen, K., Haas, M., Viney, R., Pettman, T., & Misan, G. (2007). Expectations of outcomes and individuals' framing of the benefits and effort required in diet and exercise. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY Vol. 31 (pp. S147). Budapest, HUNGARY: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP. 2007 Petkov, J., Harvey, P., & Misan, G. (2007). Self-management training for people with chronic conditions. In Jen Richmond (Ed.), Rural and Remote Health (pp. 1-11). Australia: Australian Rural Health education Network. 2007 Warren, K., Pettman, T., Misan, D., & Misan, G. (2007). Does chronic disease self-management have a role in preventing chronic disease in rural Australia?. In Proceedings of the 9th National Rural Health Conference (pp. 1-8). CDROM: RIRDC. 2007 Taylor, J., Edwards, S., Carlin, B., Misan, G., Franks, C., Angie, T., . . . Watkinson, J. (2007). Effective Aboriginal community involvement in health planning: a case study. In Proceedings of the 9th National Rural Health Conference (pp. 1-7). CDROM: RIRDC. 1997 Misan, G. (1997). Specify the technical and information contributions which the attending parties could make to the development of a national pharmaco-epidemiological database: Hospital pharmacy data. In Australian Prescriber Vol. 20 (pp. 18-20). 1997 Misan, G. (1997). The AMH classification database system. In Australian Prescriber Vol. 20 (pp. 44-47). 1994 Thomas, P., Daly, S., Misan, G., Steele, T., & Dollman, C. (1994). Comparison of the efficacy and adverse effect profile of cefotaxime, 3 ġday<sup>-1</sup>, and ceftriaxone, 2 ġday<sup>-1</sup>, in the treatment of nosocomial lower respiratory tract infections in ICU patients. In European Respiratory Review Vol. 4 (pp. 321-328).
1992 Thomas, P., Daly, S., Misan, G., & Steele, T. (1992). Comparison of the efficacy and adverse effect profile of cefotaxime and ceftriaxone in ICU patients with susceptible infections. In Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease Vol. 15 (pp. 89-97). BERLIN, GERMANY: ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC.
DOI Scopus10 WoS9 Europe PMC7
Year Citation 2016 Post, D., Paquet, C., Misan, G., & Haren, M. (2016). RESHAPING ANTECEDENTS OF HEALTH BEHAVIOUR: PLANNING, IMPLEMENTING, AND EVALUATING A THEORETICALLY-BASED HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM IN A REMOTELY-LOCATED, PREDOMINANTLY MALE WORKPLACE.. Poster session presented at the meeting of INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. SPRINGER.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2010 Misan, G., Harvey, P., Warren, K., Fuller, J., & Petkov, J. (2010). Chronic disease self-management: A pilot training program for people with chronic conditions: A Bright Future for Rural Health. Australia: Australian Rural Health Education Network.
|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|
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
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2014 - ongoing Member Whyalla Suicide Prevention Network Whyalla Suicide Prevention Network Inc. Australia 2012 - ongoing Representative Ten to Men Longitudinal Study in Male Health Community Reference Group University of Melbourne Australia 2012 - ongoing President Whyalla Men's Shed Management Committee Whyalla Men's Shed Inc. Australia 2011 - ongoing Member South Australian Men's Sheds Association South Australian Men's Sheds Association Inc. Australia 2010 - ongoing Director Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies (AIMHS) Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies (AIMHS) Australia 2007 - 2010 Representative Management Committee, Australian Journal of Rural Health Australian Rural Health Education Network Australia 2007 - 2008 Chair Board of Directors, Australian Rural Health Education Network Australian Rural Health Edication Network Australia 2005 - 2010 Chair Management Committee, International Rural and Remote Health Journal International Journal of RUral and Remote Health Australia 2002 - 2010 Board Member Australian Rural Health Education Network Australian Rural Health Education Network Australia
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