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Prof Chris Del Mar  


Prof Chris Del Mar
Professor of Public Health
Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Bond University QLD 4229

Professor of Public Health

Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

Office Telephone Number
Within Australia:
From overseas:

7 559 52504
+61 7 559 52504
Building Level: 1
Building: 5. Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Location: Bond University
Professional Biography
An evidence-based medicine (EBM) specialist, Professor Del Mar has contributed significantly to health sciences and clinical research. Appointed visiting professor of general practice at Oxford University in 2007, Professor Del Mar is the Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Collaboration - an international, independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide.

An internationally esteemed researcher and academic, Cambridge educated Professor Del Mar is an expert in respiratory viruses. He was the only Australian invited to participate in the World Health Organisation's swine flu (H1N1) rapid guidelines development in Geneva, and has recently received NHMRC funding for research in the area.

Professor Del Mar was appointed to the National Health and Medical Research Council's Health Care Committee - one of its five principal committees. Previously he was Chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) National Research Committee, President of the Australian Association for Academic General Practice, Editor of the research section of the Australian Family Physician, and chair of the editorial advisory committee of the Federal Government's health web portal - HealthInsite.

In late 2008 he was awarded the Rose-Hunt Medal by the Royal Australian College of General Practice in recognition of his outstanding commitment to general practice research.
Fellowship of Faculty Public Health - RACP
Bachelor Medicine - Cambridge University
Medical Sciences Tripos - Cambridge University
Doctor of Medicine (research) - University of Queensland
Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners - RACGP
Bachelor of Science - Salford University
Other professional appointments

Coordinating Editor - Acute Respiratory Group, Cochrane Collaboration

member - NHMRC Health Care Committee

Current research grants

ARC DIscovery $525K PNs in primary care

Aust Centre PHC Research 2005/7 Self-Help Organisations, $400K

NHMRC Linking GPs and the Community for prevention $691K

NHMRC $84,000 Update SRs of influenza-related Cochrane reviews

Recent research grants

AHMAC $400K n-of-1 trials

Research partners & collaborators

A/Prof Alex Barratt - Sydney University

Prof Paul Glasziou - Bond University

A/Prof Peter Baade - Qld Cancer Fund

A/Prof Liz Eakin - University of Queensland

Prof Desley Hegney - National University of Singapore

Dr Fran Boyle - University of Queensland

Christopher Del Mar
(Link to personal researcher page)

Recent Publications
  • Adverse events in patients taking cephalosporins versus placebo for any indication (Protocol)
  • Is Australia ready to implement delayed prescribing in primary care? A review of the evidence
  • Systemic corticosteroids for acute otitis media in children
  • Antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections in primary care
  • Acute sinusitis and sore throat in primary care
  • Factors associated with the number of lesions excised for each skin cancer: A study of primary care physicians in Queensland, Australia
  • Brief training of student clinicians in shared decision making: A single-blind randomised controlled trial (in press)
  • Corticosteroids for pain relief in sore throat: Systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Clinician-targeted interventions to reduce antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections in primary care: an overview of systematic reviews (Protocol)
  • Neuraminidase inhibitors for influenza: A systematic review and meta-analysis of regulatory and mortality data.