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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 he gained a tenured post in the Department of Social Health Sciences. Here 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 patient experience of care for chronic disease and GPs experience of delivering care. This tends to focus on relational and affective aspects of care, exploring topics such as the dr-patient relationship, communication, attitudes, stigma and trust. He has an ongoing interest in the emotional and social impact of chronic respiratory illnesses including asthma and COPD amongst primary care patients and individuals living in the community. His research also encompasses studies of smoking cessation in primary care and the community, in particular psychosocial aspects of smoking and identifying/testing strategies to support smoking cessation. He has expertise in primary care research methods and provides methodological input to a wide range of studies in primary care settings; also publishing in the areas of primary care research methods and research ethics.

Dr Barton’s research is cited in the National Asthma Handbook 2.0, the National Asthma Strategy 2018 and Asthma Australia Fact Sheets. He is a member of the RACGP National Research Evaluation and Ethics Committee (NREEC) and associate editor for BMC Family Practice. In 2012-2014 he participated in the Oxford Primary Care Research Leadership program (cohort 7).

External positions

Member, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

2015 → …

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Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2002 2018

Adapting, pilot testing and evaluating the Kick.it app to support smoking cessation for smokers with severe mental illness: A study protocol

Lawn, S., van Agteren, J., Zabeen, S., Bertossa, S., Barton, C. & Stewart, J., 3 Feb 2018, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15, 2, 14 p., 254.

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Open Access

A phenomenological exploration of graduate nurse transition to professional practice within a transition to practice program

Ankers, M. D., Barton, C. A. & Parry, Y. K., Jun 2018, In : Collegian. 25, 3, p. 319-325 7 p.

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Can research that is not intended or unlikely to be published be considered ethical?

Barton, C., Michael Tam, C. W., Abbott, P., Hall, S. & Liaw, S. T., 1 Jun 2017, In : Australian Family Physician. 46, 6, p. 442-444 3 p.

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Cohort Profile: Melbourne Atopy Cohort study (MACS)

Lowe, A. J., Lodge, C. J., Allen, K., Abramson, M. J., Matheson, M. C., Barton, C. A., Bennett, C. M., Erbas, B., Svanes, C., Wjst, M., Perret, J., Russell, M., Southey, M. C., Hopper, J. L., Gurrin, L. C., Axelrad, C., Hill, D. J. & Dharmage, S., Feb 2017, In : International Journal of Epidemiology. 46, 1, p. 25-26g 9 p.

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Seizure-related hospital admissions, readmissions and costs: Comparisons with asthma and diabetes in South Australia

Bellon, M. L., Barton, C., McCaffrey, N., Parker, D. & Hutchinson, C., 1 Aug 2017, In : Seizure. 50, p. 73-79 7 p.

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