Dr Oliver Frank

University Senior Research Fellow
Dr Oliver Frank
  Org Unit General Practice
  Email oliver.frank@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 3455
  Location Floor/Room 8 09 ,  Hughes Building ,   North Terrace

Career summary

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 growing interest in research led me to enrol in 1998 as a part time student for a PhD, which was awarded for a thesis based on a randomised controlled trial of automated opportunistic reminders to general practitioners about preventive activities, for which I designed and conducted the trial and programmed a general practice computer system to generate the opportunistic 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, quality of care, informatics and health services.

I have served and continue to serve on a range of professional and government and committees and boards related to my interests in quality of care, prevention, informatics and health services.

Currently I am in clinical practice in a large group general practice in the inner north east suburbs of Adelaide on three days per week and at the University on two days per week.


Boards and Committees

2016-        Executive Committee, Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care

2015-        Board, SA & NT Faculty, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

2015-        RACGP Expert Committee – eHealth and Practice Systems

2015-        Northern Clinical Council, Adelaide Primary Health Network

2014-        Strategy Group, SA Cancer Service, South Australian Department of Health

2013-        eHealth network, RACGP National Faculty of Specific Interests

2012-        Northern Region GP Council, Northern Health Network

2011-        National Bowel Cancer Screening Program State Reference Group, General Practice South Australia representative

2010-        Writing group, MATES quality use of medicines program, Department of Veterans’ Affairs



1976 MBBS, University of Adelaide

1979 Family Planning Certificate, Family Planning Association

1980 Full member, Australian Society of Hypnosis

1984 Fellow, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

2006 PhD, University of Adelaide

2012 Fellow, Australasian College of Health Informatics


Last five years

2016    Colin Goodson, Simon Vanlint, Oliver Frank, Anthony Zimmerman, Peak Mann Mah, Parind Vora.  Development of a Method of Improving the Efficiency of Care of Patients with Endocrine Problems.  RACGP/Adelaide North East Division of General Practice (ANEDGP) Research Grant 2016. $19,873.

2015    Elizabeth Hoon, Oliver Frank, Tiffany Gill, Catherine Hill, Caroline Laurence.  Customising pathways to self-management support for people with osteoarthritis.  2016 Arthritis Australia Project Grant: the Arthritis Australia and State/Territory Affiliate Translational Grant funded by Arthritis South Australia. $40,000.

2015    John Lynch (Chief Investigator), Oliver Frank (Associate Investigator). EMPOWER: Health Systems, Adversity and Child Well Being. NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence. $4.972 M, 2015-2020.

2014    Prof Siaw-Teng Liaw, Dr Oliver Frank, Dr Sarah Dennis, Ms Jane Taggart, Prof Grant Russell, Prof Mark Harris.   E-Health Initiatives and Health Care Integration in GP Super Clinics. Australian Primary Health Care Research Insititute grant: Integrated Primary Health Care Centres research stream.  $149 997.

2014    Wade VA, Frank OR, Stocks NP. 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. 2014 HCF Research Foundation/ RACGP Research Grant: $60,000. 

2014        Vanlint S, Koczwara B, Frank OR, Emery J. 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.  2014 RACGP/Osteoporosis Australia Bone Health Research Grant: $28,704. 

2012        Frank OR, Stocks NP, Aylward P. Increasing prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis through automated opportunistic reminders to patients, general practitioners and practice nurses. 2011 RACGP/Osteoporosis Australia Bone Health Research Grant: $29,528. 

2011    Ried K, Frank OR, Stocks NP. Effect and dose-response of a standardised garlic preparation on blood pressure in individuals with mild to moderate hypertension.  2011 Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Grant: $15,000.

2011    Frank OR, Stocks NP, Aylward P. Feasibility, acceptability and sustainability of automated production of pre-consultation patient prevention summary and reminder sheets: pilot study.  2011 RACGP Foundation Grant for a Pilot Study: $19,846.



Media and non peer reviewed dissemination

2016        Series of monthly articles in Medical Observer “How to improve software”:

Oliver Frank. Address books need to reflect the reality of current practice. Medical Observer. http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/professional-news/professional-news/how-to-improve-clinical-software. 3 Nov 2015.

Oliver Frank. Prompts would help GPs keep track of patient changes. Medical Observer. http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/professional-news/prompts-would-help-gps-keep-track-of-patient-changes. 28 Jan 2016.

Oliver Frank. How to improve the recording of patient refusals. Medical Observer. http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/professional-news/how-to-improve-the-recording-of-patient-refusals. 24 Feb 2016.

Oliver Frank. How to improve the recording of requested appointments. Medical Observer. http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/professional-news/how-to-improve-the-recording-of-requested-appointments. 23 Mar 2016.

Oliver Frank. Lack of focus on family history is a missed opportunity for GPs. Medical Observer. http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/professional-news/lack-of-focus-on-family-history-is-a-missed-opportunity-for-gps. 2 May 2016.

Oliver Frank. How to reduce risks from drug lists. Medical Observer. http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/professional-news/how-to-reduce-risks-from-drug-lists. 22 Jun 2016.

Oliver Frank.  A suggestion to improve the tracking of stray medicines. Medical Observer. http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/professional-news/a-suggestion-to-improve-the-tracking-of-stray-medicines. 19 Jul 2016.

Oliver Frank. A little more detail could vastly improve health summaries. Medical Observer. http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/professional-news/a-little-more-detail-could-vastly-improve-health-summaries.  15 Aug 2016.

2016        The new type of leave that’s only for women.  (Interview). The New Daily.  10 March 2016.  Available from: http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/2016/03/10/women-given-period-leave/

2016        Safe Communication, RACGP Good Practice Issue 3 March 2016. Available from: http://www.racgp.org.au/publications/goodpractice/201603/technology-in-general-practice-safe-communication/

2016        Laying the Groundwork, RACGP Good Practice Issue 3 March 2016.  Available from: http://www.racgp.org.au/publications/goodpractice/201603/racgp-foundation-laying-the-groundwork/

Prevention in primary care
Informatics in primary care
Quality of care
Health services

CategoriesMedicine & Medical Research, Information Management
ExpertisePreventive care; informatics; general medical practice; family medicine; primary health care; health services
NotesGeneral practitioner/family physician, Hillcrest, Adelaide, South Australia
After hours0407181683

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