Oliver Frank

Dr Oliver Frank

Grant-Funded Researcher (C)

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 who have made appointments 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.

Grants and funding 2015 onwards
Date Project Investigators Funding Body Amount
2019 Coverage of influenza, pneumococcus, and herpes zoster immunisation amongst patients with immune-mediated inflammatory conditions and use of reminders to improve vaccination rates in Australian general practice. Nigel Stocks, David Gonzalez-Chica, Oliver Frank, Carla de Oliveira Bernardo, Catherine Hill, Jane Andrews  Pfizer Independent Grant for Learning & Change $US149,669


  • Position: Grant-Funded Researcher (C)
  • Phone: 83133455
  • Email: oliver.frank@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83133511
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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