Dr Chris Barton
PhD, MMedSci, BSc
Telephone: +61 3 9902 4495
Dr Barton is a senior lecturer in the Department of General Practice. He joined the Department in 2017 to provide leadership of the departments growing research training program which includes skills development, supervision and mentoring to undergraduate (e.g. honours), postgraduate (e.g. Masters and PhD) and post-doctoral researchers (e.g. academic registrars, post doc research fellows) in general practice. He also oversees the delivery of a research training 'activity package' for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to GP academic registrars participating in an academic post and RACGP education research grant holders.
Dr Barton completed his PhD in epidemiology at Monash University in 2005 then gained a post-doctoral fellowship post in primary health care with the University of Adelaide, Department of General Practice. This research focused on quality of primary care management for chronic disease primarily respiratory disease. During this time he developed expertise in mixed methods and qualitative research methods for primary care research. In 2010 Dr Barton moved to Flinders University in South Australia where his research focus shifted to mechanisms associated with behaviour change and health outcomes amongst older patients with multimorbidity. His research explored the social and emotional impact of chronic illness with a focus on these issues for people in the community living with asthma, COPD and multiple chronic illnesses.
His current research with the Department of General Practice focuses on understanding and enhancing the patient experience of primary care management of chronic disease to support self-management and enhance health related quality of life. He continues to collaborate on research investigating the emotional and social impact of chronic respiratory illnesses including asthma and COPD amongst primary care patients and individuals living in the community. Dr Barton is a member of the RACGP national research evaluation and ethics committee (NREEC); is an associate editor for BMC Family Practice and Section editor for BMC Public Health. In 2012-2014 he participated in the Oxford Primary Care Research Leadership program (cohort 7).