Dr Oliver Frank

Oliver Frank
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.

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Dr Oliver Frank

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.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2006 University Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide
1978 General practitioner Self

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
1998 - 2006 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
1971 - 1976 University of Adelaide Australia MBBS

Certifications

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

Research Interests

General Clinical Medicine, Health Informatics, Health Information Systems, Health Policy & Services, Preventive Medicine

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Frank, O., Stocks, N. & Knieriemen, A. (2017). Providing “just-in-time” preventive care advice. Annals of Family Medicine, 15, 3, 276-. 10.1370/afm.2066
2017 Westaway, K., Frank, O., Husband, A., McClure, A., Shute, R. & Curtis, J. (2017). Minimising fracture risk in older people taking long-term oral corticosteroids. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 47, 2, 158-162. 10.1002/jppr.1321
2017 Liaw, S., Kearns, R., Taggart, J., Frank, O., Lane, R., Tam, M. ... Harris, M. (2017). The informatics capability maturity of integrated primary care centres in Australia. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 105, 89-97. 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2017.06.002
2017 Frank, O. (2017). Discharge summary quality assessment tool. Australian Family Physician, 46, 4, 184-.
2016 Frank, O. (2016). My Health Record: repository or communication tool?. Public health research & practice, 26, 2, -. 10.17061/phrp2621623
2015 Frank, O. R. & Stocks, N. P. (2015). A bowel cancer screening plan at last. Medical Journal of Australia, 202, 4, iii-iv. 10.5694/mja14.01547
2015 Westaway, K., Frank, O., Husband, A., McClure, A., Shute, R., Edwards, S. ... Rowett, D. (2015). Medicines can affect thermoregulation and accentuate the risk of dehydration and heat-related illness during hot weather. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 40, 4, 363-367. 10.1111/jcpt.12294
2015 Mnatzaganian, G., Karnon, J., Moss, J., Elshaug, A., Metz, M., Frank, O. & Hiller, J. (2015). Informing disinvestment with limited evidence: cobalamin deficiency in the fatigued. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 31, 3, 188-196. 10.1017/S0266462315000331
2015 Young, J., Win, A., Rosty, C., Flight, I., Roder, D., Young, G. ... Price, T. (2015). Rising incidence of early-onset colorectal cancer in Australia over two decades: report and review. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 30, 1, 6-13. 10.1111/jgh.12792
2014 Westaway, K., Alderman, C., Frank, O., Husband, A., Rowett, D. & Le Blanc, T. (2014). Optimising therapy for patients with neuropathic pain. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 44, 1, 44-47. 10.1002/j.2055-2335.2014.tb00016.x
2014 Frank, O., Aylward, P. & Stocks, N. (2014). Development of pre-consultation prevention summary and reminder sheets for patients: Preliminary study of acceptability and sustainability. Australian Family Physician, 43, 5, 310-314.
2014 Westaway, K., Frank, O., Husband, A., Rowet, D., Rossi, S., Blanc, T. & Shute, R. (2014). Safe use of statins in elderly people. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 44, 3, 138-142. 10.1002/jppr.1022
2013 Ried, K., Frank, O. & Stocks, N. (2013). Aged garlic extract reduces blood pressure in hypertensives: a dose-response trial. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 67, 1, 64-70. 10.1038/ejcn.2012.178
2013 Bell, J., Blacker, N., LeBlanc, V., Alderman, C., Phillips, A., Rowett, D. ... Husband, A. (2013). Prescribing for older people with chronic renal impairment. Australian Family Physician, 42, 1, 24-28.
2013 Johnson, D., Frank, O., Pond, D. & Stocks, N. (2013). Older people with mild cognitive impairment: their views about assessing driving safety. Australian Family Physician, 42, 5, 317-320.
2013 Newman, L. & Frank, O. (2013). The rhetoric and reality of e-health: A critical assessment of the benefits of e-health in primary health care. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 19, 4, 265-269. 10.1071/PY13133
2013 Stocks, N. & Frank, O. (2013). Study design of ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE): A randomized, controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 36, 2, 555-564. 10.1016/j.cct.2013.09.014
2012 Ried, K., Sullivan, T., Fakler, P., Frank, O. & Stocks, N. (2012). Effect of cocoa on blood pressure. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2012, 8, 1-84. 10.1002/14651858.CD008893.pub2
2012 Bell, J., Blacker, N., Edwards, S., Frank, O., Alderman, C., Karan, L. ... Rowett, D. (2012). Osteoporosis pharmacological prevention and management in older people. Australian Family Physician, 41, 0003, 110-+.
2012 Bell, J., Mezrani, C., Blacker, N., Tammy, L., Frank, O., Alderman, C. ... Shute, R. (2012). Anticholinergic and sedative medicines Prescribing considerations for people with dementia. Australian Family Physician, 41, 1-2, 45-49.
2012 Frank, O. (2012). Hospitals are not an appropriate setting in which to provide catch-up immunisations. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48, 12, 1106-1107. 10.1111/jpc.12004
2012 Stocks, N., Allan, J., Frank, O., Williams, S. & Ryan, P. (2012). Improving attendance for cardiovascular risk assessment in Australian general practice: an RCT of a monetary incentive for patients. BMC Family Practice, 13, 1, 1-6. 10.1186/1471-2296-13-54
2011 Stocks, N., Frank, O., Linn, A., Anderson, K. & Meertens, S. (2011). Vertical integration of teaching in Australian general practice - a survey of regional training providers. Medical Journal of Australia, 194, Suppl. 11, S75-S78.
2011 Frank, O. (2011). Care continuity starts with GPs. Australian Doctor, 22-APRIL, 25-.
2011 Frank, O., Stocks, N. & Aylward, P. (2011). Patient acceptance and perceived utility of pre-consultation prevention summaries and reminders in general practice: pilot study. BMC Family Practice, 12, 1, 40-1-40-8. 10.1186/1471-2296-12-40
2011 Frank, O. (2011). A fistful of prescriptions: is there a better way?. Australian Family Physician, 40, 9, 659-659.
2011 Ried, K., Sullivan, T., Fakler, P., Frank, O. & Stocks, N. (2011). Effect of chocolate on blood pressure. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 1, 1-7. 10.1002/14651858.CD008893
2010 Ried, K., Sullivan, T., Fakler, P., Frank, O. & Stocks, N. (2010). Does chocolate reduce blood pressure? A meta-analysis. BMC Medicine, 8, 39, 1-11. 10.1186/1741-7015-8-39
2010 Reid, K., Frank, O. & Stocks, N. (2010). Chocolate and blood pressure: Chocolate dose may be too much. British Medical Journal, 341, 7768, 318-318. 10.1136/bmj.c4176
2010 Ried, K., Frank, O. & Stocks, N. (2010). Aged garlic extract lowers blood pressure in patients with treated but uncontrolled hypertension: A randomised controlled trial. Maturitas, 67, 2, 144-150. 10.1016/j.maturitas.2010.06.001
2010 Ried, K., Frank, O. & Stocks, N. (2010). Chocolate and blood pressure. Chocolate dose may be too much.. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 341, -.
2009 Frank, O. (2009). General and relative time in urban general practice. Medical Journal of Australia, 191, 2, 125-125.
2009 Ried, K., Frank, O. & Stocks, N. (2009). Dark chocolate or tomato extract for prehypertension: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 9, 1, 1-12. 10.1186/1472-6882-9-22
2008 Ried, K., Frank, O., Stocks, N., Fakler, P. & Sullivan, T. (2008). Effect of garlic on blood pressure: A systematic review and meta-analysis.. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 8, 13, 1-12. 10.1186/1471-2261-8-13
2008 Frank, O. (2008). Big step to improving patient care. Australian Doctor, 12/SEPT., 2-.
2008 Frank, O. (2008). Wishful thinking. Australian Doctor, 29/AUG., 23-.
2007 Frank, O. (2007). In a paper bind [5]. Australian Doctor, 23/MAR., 21-.
2007 Frank, O. (2007). Nurse questions [3]. Australian Doctor, 6/JULY, 25-.
2007 Frank, O. (2007). GP-free TV [2]. Australian Doctor, 29/JUNE, 23-.
2007 Frank, O. R. (2007). Untitled - To the editor. MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 187, 8, 473-474.
2006 Frank, O. (2006). Item 291. Australian Family Physician, 35, 9, 663-.
2006 Frank, O. (2006). Fatness. Australian Family Physician, 35, 8, 567-568.
2006 Frank, O. & Agzarian, J. (2006). Making CO2 cryotherapy more economical. Australian Family Physician, 35, 11, 839-.
2005 Frank, O., Litt, J. & Beilby, J. (2005). Preventive activities during consultations in general practice : influences on performance. Australian Family Physician, 34, 6, 508-512.
2004 Frank, O., Litt, J. & Beilby, J. (2004). Opportunistic electronic reminders: Improving performance of preventive care in general practice. Australian Family Physician, 33, 1-2, 87-90.
2004 Frank, O., Litt, J. & Beilby, J. (2004). Opportunistic electronic reminders : improving performance of preventive care in general practice. Australian Family Physician, 33, 1/2, 87-90.
1999 Frank, O. & May, F. (1999). Outcomes of an educational-outreach service for community medical practitioners: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (multiple letters) [4]. Medical Journal of Australia, 171, 7, 388-389.
1997 Frank, O. (1997). Registers, recalls and reminders. Australian Family Physician, 26, 1, 42-47.
1997 Frank, O. (1997). Practice compared--payment systems. Aust Fam Physician, 26, 1229-.
1996 Frank, O. & Kidd, M. (1996). A guide to computer-generated prescriptions. Australian Family Physician, 25, 7, 1162-1163.
1996 Frank, O. (1996). Preventing falls in the elderly at home: a community-based program. The Medical Journal of Australia, 165, 4, 238-.
1992 Frank, O. (1992). Capitation: a service by another name. Australian Family Physician, 21, 3, 270-272.
1991 Frank, O. (1991). Medical reference filing systems. Australian Family Physician, 20, 1, 57-59.
1989 Bungey, J., Pols, R., Mortimer, K., Frank, O. & Skinner, H. (1989). Screening alcohol & drug use in a general practice unit: a comparison of computerised and traditional methods. Community Health Studies, 13, 4, 471-483. 10.1111/j.1753-6405.1989.tb00706.x
1988 Frank, O. & Coulthard, K. (1988). Paracetamol for fever in children. Australian Family Physician, 17, 9, 771-.
1986 Frank, O. (1986). Accidents in childhood.. The Medical journal of Australia, 144, 12, 671-.
1985 FRANK, O. (1985). COMPUTERS FOR MEDICAL OFFICES - LEUDTKE,P, LEUDTKE,R. COMMUNITY HEALTH STUDIES, 9, 3, 303-303.

NHMRC Endorsed Guidelines

Year Citation
2008 Cox, M., Frank, O., Osti, O., Merlin, T., Atkinson, R. & Jezukaitis, P.; (2008); Clinical guidelines for best practice management of acute and chronic whiplash-associated disorders;

Theses

Year Citation
2006 Frank, O. R.; (2006); Opportunistic reminders and other influences on the performance of preventive activities in consultations in general practice;

2010 onwards

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
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

Committee Memberships

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
Position
University Senior Research Fellow
Phone
83133455
Fax
8313 3511
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Hughes Building
Room Number
8 09
Org Unit
General Practice

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