Dr Oliver Frank

Dr Oliver Frank
 Position Grant-Funded Researcher (C)
 Org Unit Medical Specialties
 Email oliver.frank@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 3455
 Location Floor/Room 1 ,  Helen Mayo North ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    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 (last five years)

    2019 -        Secure messaging solution project board, SA Health Committees (last five years)

    2021 -         RACGP Expert Committee Practice Technology and Managemetn

    2020 -        Heart Failure Subcommittee, Statewide Cardiology Clinical Network, SA Health

    2020 -         eReferrals Clinical Sub-group, SA Health

    2019 -        Primary Care Data Quality Clinical Content Working Group, CSIRO Australian eHealth Research Centre.  RACGP nominee

    2018-2019    RACGP Digital Champion

    2018 -        South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal

    2018 -        Clinical Advisory Panel, MedicalDirector, vendor of clinical and administrative software for health professionals https://www.medicaldirector.com/ .

    2018        Clinical & Community Advisory Group to the National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative. RACGP nominee.

    2017 - 2018    Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard Topic Working Group, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. RACGP nominee

    2017 - 2020    Quality Use of Pathology Committee, Department of Health, Canberra. RACGP nominee

    2017 -        Clinical and Technical Board Advisory Committee, Australian Digital Health Agency

    2017        Medicare Benefits Schedule Review – Telehealth and Point of Care Testing Working Group. RACGP nominee.

    2016-2019    Executive Committee, Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care

    2015 - 2017    Northern Adelaide Clinical Council, Adelaide Primary Health Network

    2014 - 2017    Strategy Group, SA Cancer Service, South Australian Department of Health

    2014 - 2015    Adelaide Primary Health Network System Reform Reference Group

    2013 -        eHealth network, RACGP National Faculty of Specific Interests

    2013 - 2016    RADAR Editorial Group, NPS

    2012 -        Adelaide GP Council, Sonder

    2012 - 2015    Pathology Services Advisory Committee, Commonwealth Department of Health, RACGP nominee.

    2011 - 2017    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

    1987 - 2018    RACGP Expert Committee – eHealth and Practice Systems; Chair 2004


  • Qualifications

    2011     Fellow, Australasian Institute of Digital Health


    2006     Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide


    1984     Fellow, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


    1980     Full member, Australian Society of Hypnosis


    1979     Family Planning Certificate, Family Planning Association


    1976     Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Adelaide


  • Research Funding

    Last five years

    2019                     Oliver Frank, David Gonzalez-Chica, Carla de Oliveira Bernardo.  Increasing immunisation in general practice against invasive pneumococcal disease and influenza in people under 65 years old whose chronic conditions put them at higher risk of and from these infections.  2019 RACGP Foundation / HCF Research Foundation Research Grant.  $56,859.

    2019                Nigel Stocks, David Gonzalez-Chica, Oliver Frank, Carla de Oliveira Bernardo, Catherine Hill, Jane Andrews.   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. Pfizer Independent Grant for Learning & Change, $US149,669.

     2018                Ian Olver,  Oliver Frank, Richard Reed, Carol Holden, Deborah Turnbull, Caroline Miller and Dan Worthley.  Supporting primary care to increase participation in bowel cancer screening: a pilot study. Cancer Council SA, State Government of South Australia, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.  $140,000.

    2016                Mark Harris, Nigel Stocks, Donald Nutbeam,Nicholas Zwar, Jonathan Karnon, Elizabeth Denney-Wilson, Manny Noakes,Siaw-Teng Liaw, Annie Lau, Upali Jayasinghe, Oliver Frank (Associate Investigator). Preventing chronic disease in patients with low health literacy using e-health and teamwork in primary health care. NHMRC $1,264,893. 

    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.

  • Publications

    Please see my resarcher profile using the link above.

  • Professional Interests

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

  • Media Expertise

    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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