Melbourne Medical School General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre 

Dr John Furler

MBBS, FRACGP, MRCGP, Grad Dip Pub Health, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

Dr John Furler is a full-time senior research fellow supported by a PHCRED Mid-career Research Fellowships (2007-11). John is also a Research Fellow at the NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Clinical Science in Diabetes (Diabetes CCRE),and a GP at the North Richmond Community Health Centre in Richmond in Melbourne.

John's research interests include health inequalities in general practice, diabetes and other chronic illness care in general practice, the doctor-patient relationship, patient centeredness and the co-construction of social identity in medical care and the ways in which medical practice may act as a social determinant of health.

John completed his PhD in 2007, supported by a NHMRC scholarship. His thesis was titled "Chronicity and character: Patient centredness and health inequalities in general practice diabetes care" and is available at

Currently John is involved in the evaluation of two intervention studies, comparing and contrasting diabetes and depression care in GP, with a specific focus on socioeconomic context and the implications for equity of chronic disease care. A synthesis across these studies will explore on how programs that frame clinical care for chronic conditions interact with socioeconomic context. Finally these findings will be used in a qualitative study with primary health care leaders and policy makers exploring how the impact of social and economic factors on chronic condition care can be meaningfully included in the development of health policy and programs. This work will thus link the perspectives of people with chronic illnesses, the professionals who work with them and of policy makers, with the aim of ensuring chronic disease programs are less likely to result in unintended inequitable outcomes.

John is also involved in a study of initiating insulin in general practice, a study of developing culturally appropriate models of diabetes care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait slander people in mainstream general practice as well as a study of the experiences of East Timorese and Vietnamese people in getting help for depression ion General Practice.

John's broad aim is to continue to research the link between ways of theorising and organising work in general practice (eg the use of guidelines, philosophies of care, teams, funding programs, organisational and governance structures) and health equity and the social determinants of health.

Student supervision

John has supervised Advanced Medical Science students and a Masters of Primary Health Care student. He is interested in supervising PhD students also and is particularly interested in co-supervision as a way of promoting cross-disciplinary research.


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Contact Details

Department of General Practice
200 Berkeley Street
Carlton Victoria 3053

Tel: +61 3 8344 4747
Fax: +61 3 9347 6163

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