A/PROF John Furler

A/PROF John Furler


  • Health inequity, primary care, qualitative research (Diabetes, Depression)



  • Dr Furler is a General Practice academic who has maintained a strong research focus on the nexus between clinical general practice in the area of diabetes and chronic illness, socioeconomic disadvantage, health equity, organisation of primary care, public health and prevention approaches in general practice and health policy. He has a track record of successful competitive grant applications to the total value of over $9 million AUD. In particular he has experience in the implementation of trials of complex interventions in General Practice and the qualitative evaluation and study of chronic illness work in general practice. Dr Furler was awarded a Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-11) and most recently was awarded a NHMRC/PHCRED Career Development Fellowship (2102-15). He was selected to attend the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Program in September 2007. Dr Furler has established collaborative relationships with leading international primary care researchers in the UK, and links with researchers in USA and Canada. He was co-convenor of the national Australian Health Inequalities Research Collaboration Primary Health Care Research and Development Network. This involved establishing wide (including international) networks of practitioners, researchers and policy makers with an interest in health equity in primary care, overseeing a number of literature reviews and producing reports for dissemination within the network. He has collaborated with the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity in evaluating the role of the RACGP in addressing health inequalities and in studying the role of General Practice in contributing to a comprehensive PHC system. He has been a Chief Investigator on 6 large NHMRC funded trials of complex interventions in primary care in the field of diabetes, CVD risk factors and interventions to improve access to care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people    


Member of

  • Executive Board International Society for Equity in Health. Executive Board Member 2006 - 2008


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • NHMRC/PHCRED Career Development Fellowship 2012-15 Primary Health Care Research and Evaluation Program Mid Career Post Doctoral Fellowship, 2007-2011 RACGP Rex Walpole Travelling Fellowship, 2005 AAAGP Travelling Fellowship, 2005   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2007
  • Grad Dip Pub Hlth, University of New South Wales 1999
  • DCH, 1985
  • DipObst, 1983
  • MBBS, Adelaide University 1981

Awards and honors

  • Australian Association of Academic Primary Care Most Distinguished Paper Award, 2016
  • Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Program, 2007
  • Travelling Fellowship, Australian Association of Academic General Practice, 2005
  • Rex Walpole Travelling Fellowship, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2005
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2001
  • Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 1994



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • As of August 2016 I am supervising 3 PhD students, 1 Honors, 1 Masters and 2 Scholarly Selective students. Projects include use of technologies in diabetes care, use of photo elicitation in understanding experiences of depression, pathways to care in Hepatitis B in high need communities, e-health clinical decision support in Type 2 Diabetes in primary care, knowledge attitudes and behaviours in relation to oral complications of  Type 2 Diabetes, impact on health service use  of starting insulin in primary care, and clinical care in a health service for people experiencing homelessness.