University Senior Research Fellow
Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I have been in clinical general practice since 1978, and was a partner in a practice from 1988 until 2009. Exchanges of practice with English GPs in 1993-1994 in Nottingham and in 2000-2001 in Bristol allowed me to compare the British NHS with the Australian health system as a practitioner working within those systems.
My PhD was awarded in 2006 for a thesis based on a randomised controlled trial of automated opportunistic reminders to general practitioners about preventive activities. I designed and conducted the trial and programmed a general practice computer system to generate the automated reminders.
In 2006 I started an academic career part time, with the balance of my time continuing to be spent in clinical practice. My professional and academic interests are in prevention, clinical informatics, quality of care and health services. I lead a research program that is developing and evaluating the benefits of automatically presenting targeted individualised education, information and advice about preventive and other care to people who are attending their general practitioner or practice nurse.
I have served and continue to serve on a range of professional and government committees and boards related to my interests.
I lead a research program that is exploring the benefits of providing education, information and advice to people when they arrive for consultations in their general medical practice (family practice).
We have developed technology that automatically generates targeted personalised education, information and advice based on the patient’s current status, and that is presented to the patient at a moment when the patient can act immediately with a minimum of additional time, effort or cost. Our software runs when the patient arrives for a consultation and compares algorithms about recommended preventive and other care with data in the patient’s electronic clinical record to generate relevant education, information and advice that is given to the patient to read while waiting to see the GP or practice nurse.
This strategy can be used to increase the performance of preventive care and care of diagnosed conditions. We are exploring its use to help to recruit participants for research studies that are being conducted in or via general practice.
I am also involved in research projects with a range of colleagues that are aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of care provided in general practice.
Date Position Institution name 2006 University Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide 1978 General practitioner Self
Date Institution name Country Title 1998 - 2006 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 1971 - 1976 University of Adelaide Australia MBBS
Date Title Institution name Country 2011 Fellow Australasian College of Health Informatics Australia 1984 Fellow Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australia 1980 Full Member Australian Society of Hypnosis Australia 1979 Family Planning Certificate Family Planning Association of South Australia Australia
NHMRC Endorsed Guidelines
Year Citation 2008 Publication status: Published
Title: Clinical guidelines for best practice management of acute and chronic whiplash-associated disorders
Authors: Cox M, Frank O, Osti O, Merlin T, Atkinson R, Jezukaitis P
Pagination: 0 pages
Publication date: 2008
Notes: Migrated record 20140814
Record created at source: 14 August 2014
Year Citation 2006 Frank, O. R. (2006). Opportunistic reminders and other influences on the performance of preventive activities in consultations in general practice.
|2015||Customising pathways to self-management support for people with osteoarthritis.||
Elizabeth Hoon, Oliver Frank,Tiffany Gill, Catherine Hill, Caroline Laurence.
|2016 Arthritis Australia Project Grant: the Arthritis Australia and State/Territory Affiliate Translational Grant funded by Arthritis South Australia||$40,000|
|2015||EMPOWER: Health Systems, Adversity and Child Well Being. NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence.||John Lynch (Chief Investigator), Oliver Frank (Associate Investigator).||NHMRC||$4.972 M|
|2014||E-Health Initiatives and Health Care Integration in GP Super Clinics.||Siaw-Teng Liaw, Oliver Frank, Sarah Dennis, Jane Taggart, Grant Russell, Mark Harris.||Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute grant: Integrated Primary Health Care Centres research stream.||$149 997|
|2014||Turning Recipients into Participants; A pilot study of the feasibility, acceptability and impact of introducing an online software system into a general practice to increase patient engagement with chronic disease and risk factor management.||Wade VA, Frank OR, Stocks NP.||2014 HCF Research Foundation/ RACGP Research Grant||$60 000|
|2014||Improving the bone health of cancer survivors – a pilot study of patient activation and resource provision to improve bone health management after breast and prostate cancer.||Vanlint S, Koczwara B, Frank OR, Emery J.||2014 RACGP/Osteoporosis Australia Bone Health Research Grant||$28 704|
|2012||Increasing prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis through automated opportunistic reminders to patients, general practitioners and practice nurses.||Frank OR, Stocks NP, Aylward P.||2011 RACGP/Osteoporosis Australia Bone Health Research Grant||$29 528|
|2011||Effect and dose-response of a standardised garlic preparation on blood pressure in individuals with mild to moderate hypertension.||Ried K, Frank OR, Stocks NP.||2011 Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Grant||$15 000|
|2011||Feasibility, acceptability and sustainability of automated production of pre-consultation patient prevention summary and reminder sheets: pilot study.||Frank OR, Stocks NP, Aylward P.||2011 RACGP Foundation Grant for a Pilot Study||$19 846|
|2010||Beliefs and attitudes of older people with impaired cognition, and of their relatives, towards the impaired person’s continuing to drive.||Frank OR, Stocks NP, Pond D.||Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Research Foundation/Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD) Research Fellowship||$29 333|
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2017 - 2019 Member Clinical and Technical Board Advisory Committee Australian Digital Health Agency Australia 2015 - ongoing Member RACGP Expert Committee – eHealth and Practice Systems Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australia 2014 - ongoing Member Strategy Group, SA Cancer Service SA Health Australia 2013 - ongoing Member eHealth network, RACGP National Faculty of Specific Interests Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australia 2012 - ongoing Member Northern Region GP Council Northern Health Network Australia 2011 - ongoing Member National Bowel Cancer Screening Program State Reference Group SA Health Australia 2010 - ongoing Member Writing group, MATES quality use of medicines program Department of Veterans’ Affairs Australia
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