Dr Oliver Frank

Dr Oliver Frank
 Position University Senior Research Fellow
 Org Unit Adelaide Medical School
 Email oliver.frank@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 3455
 Location Floor/Room 113 ,  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 and Committees

    Last five years

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

    2018-        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 -        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, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

    2016-        Executive Committee, Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care

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

    2014 -        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

    2013 -2014    PCEHR Clinical Peer Advocate, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

    2012 -        Northern Region 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

    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


  • Research Funding

    Last five years

    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.

    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.

  • Publications


    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/

  • 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
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