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John Furler

Principal Research Fellow
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
general & internal medicine
primary health care
medicine, general & internal
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John Furler

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Health Inequity
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John Furler


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 as well as a large multi-agency NHMRC funded project testing the effectiveness of peer led models of chronic disease self management in linguistically diverse and socioeconomically disadvantaged suburbs. He has been a contributor to four APHCRI funded reviews of key aspects of Primary Health Care organisation and reform in Australia. Overall Dr Furler has 68 peer reviewed publications and 2 book chapters. Dr Furler is a member of the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Primary Health and the International Journal for Health Equity. He has co-edited three special editions of Journals with a focus on addressing health inequities through primary health care. He was an executive member of the International Society for Equity in Health until 2010. He was awarded the Australian Association of Academic General Practice Travelling Fellowship and the RACGP Rex Walpole Award in 2005.


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Project Types


Research Grant


Research Contracts

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 147 most recent scholarly works by John Furler.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Australian Association of Academic Primary Care Most Distinguished Paper Award


Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Program


Rex Walpole Travelling Fellowship

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


Travelling Fellowship

Australian Association of Academic General Practice


FRACGP - Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


FRCGP - Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners





Principal Research Fellow

General Practice

Executive Board Member

Executive Board International Society for Equity in Health


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Public Health

University of New South Wales

Diploma in Children's Health
Diploma in Obstetrics
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery

Adelaide University