Oliver Frank

Dr 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.

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.

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
  • Position: University Senior Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83133455
  • Email: oliver.frank@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3511
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North, floor 1
  • Room: 113
  • Org Unit: General Practice

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