Professor Timothy Usherwood

General Practice, Westmead Clinical School

C24 - Westmead Hospital
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9845 8163
F: +61 2 9845 8166

Biographical details

Research interests

Evaluation of clinical, educational and systemic interventions to improve health outcomes in general practice and primary care, using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies, especially in chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, asthma and depression.

Current national competitive grants*


Consumer Navigation of Electronic Cardiovascular Tools - The CONNECT study
Peiris D, Usherwood T, Harris M, Rodgers A, Hayman N, Panaretto K, Chow C, Redfern J, Lau A
National Health and Medical Research Council / Project Grant ($1,852,716 over 3 years)


The effect of a coordinated care intervention, Care Navigation, on the readmission rate of chronically ill patients at Nepean Hospital.
Leeder S, Gillespie J, Usherwood T, Boyages S
National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant ($702,630 over 4 years)


RCT of polypill versus usual care among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with high cardivascular risk
Cass A, Brown A, Rodgers A, Hayman N, Usherwood T, Peiris P
NHMRC Project Grant ($1,812,175 over 5 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney


Cardiovascular diseases; Health services research; Depression; Primary health care; General practice

International links

Nepal. (Patan Academy of Health Sciences Visiting consultant in curriculum development; Member, International Advisory Board.


2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008


  • Webster, R., Patel, A., Billot, L., Cass, A., Burch, C., Neal, B., Usherwood, T., Thom, S., Poulter, N., Stanton, A., Bots, M., Grobbee, D., Prabhakaran, D., Reddy, K., Field, J., Bullen, C., Elley, C., Selak, V., Rafter, N., Wadham, A., Berwanger, O., Rodgers, A. (2013), Prospective meta-analysis of trials comparing fixed dose combination based care with usual care in individuals at high cardiovascular risk: The SPACE Collaboration. International Journal of Cardiology. 170(1), 30-35. [Abstract]
  • Birden, H., Usherwood, T. (2013), "They liked it if you said you cried": how medical students perceive the teaching of professionalism. Medical Journal of Australia. 199(6), 406-409. [Abstract]
  • Usherwood, T. (2013), National guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk. Medical Journal of Australia. , 243-244. [Abstract]
  • Birden, H., Glass, N., Wilson, I., Harrison, M., Usherwood, T., Nass, D. (2013), Teaching professionalism in medical education: a Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) systematic review. BEME Guide No. 25. Medical Teacher. 35(7), e1252-1266. [Abstract]
  • Plant, N., Mallitt, K., Kelly, P., Usherwood, T., Gillespie, J., Boyages, S., Jan, S., McNab, J., Essue, B., Gradidge, K., Maranan, N., Ralphs, D., Aspin, C., Leeder, S. (2013), Implementation and effectiveness of 'care navigation', coordinated management for people with complex chronic illness: rationale and methods of a randomised controlled. BMC Health Services Research. 13(1), 164. [Abstract]
  • Johnson, D., Atai, E., Chan, M., Phoon, R., Scott, C., Toussaint, N., Turner, G., Usherwood, T., Wiggins, K. (2013), KHA-CARI guideline: Early chronic kidney disease: detection, prevention and management. Nephrology. 18(5), 340-350. [Abstract]
  • Laba, T., Bleasel, J., Brien, J., Cass, A., Howard, K., Peiris, D., Redfern, J., Salam, A., Usherwood, T., Jan, S. (2013), Strategies to improve adherence to medications for cardiovascular diseases in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations: a systematic review. International Journal of Cardiology. 167(6), 2430-2440. [Abstract]
  • Mirzaei, M., Aspin, C., Essue, B., Jeon, Y., Dugdale, P., Usherwood, T., Leeder, S. (2013), A patient-centred approach to health service delivery: improving health outcomes for people with chronic illness. BMC Health Services Research. 13, 251. [Abstract]
  • Usherwood, T. (2013), When is a UTI not a UTI?. Medicine Today. 14:7, 62-63.


  • Johnson, D., Jones, G., Mathew, T., Ludlow, M., Doogue, M., Jose, M., Langham, R., Lawton, P., McTaggart, S., Peake, M., Polkinghorne, K., Usherwood, T. (2012), Chronic kidney disease and automatic reporting of estimated glomerular filtration rate: new developments and revised recommendations. The Medical Journal of Australia. 197(4), 224-225. [Abstract]
  • Johnson, D., Jones, G., Mathew, T., Ludlow, M., Chadban, S., Usherwood, T., Polkinghorne, K., Colagiuri, S., Jerums, G., Macisaac, R., Martin, H. (2012), Chronic kidney disease and measurement of albuminuria or proteinuria: a position statement. Medical Journal of Australia. 197(4), 224-225. [Abstract]
  • Foster, J., Smith, L., Usherwood, T., Sawyer, S., Rand, C., Reddel, H. (2012), The Reliability and Patient Acceptability of the SmartTrack Device: A New Electronic Monitor and Reminder Device for Metered Dose Inhalers. The Journal of Asthma. 49(6), 657-662. [Abstract]
  • Kang, M., Rochford, A., Skinner, R., Mindel, A., Webb, M., Peat, J., Usherwood, T. (2012), Facilitating chlamydia testing among young people: a randomised controlled trial in cyberspace. Sexually Transmitted Infections. 88(8), 568-573. [Abstract]
  • Foster, J., Smith, L., Bosnic-Anticevich, S., Usherwood, T., Sawyer, S., Rand, C., Reddel, H. (2012), Identifying patient-specific beliefs and behaviours for conversations about adherence in asthma. Internal Medicine Journal. 42(6), e136-e144. [Abstract]
  • Usherwood, T. (2012), Private specialist practice: the forgotten sector in health care reform. The Medical Journal of Australia. 196(4), 235-236. [Abstract]
  • Jowsey, T., Yen, L., Ward, N., McNab, J., Aspin, S., Usherwood, T. (2012), It hinges on the door: time, spaces and identity in Australian Aboriginal Health Services. Health Sociology Review. 21(2), 196 - 207.
  • Usherwood, T. (2012), Chronic kidney disease prevention and management. In: National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. (pp.222-228).Australia: The Royal Australian College of General Practition.
  • Peiris, D., Usherwood, T., Panaretto, K., Harris, M., Hunt, J., Patel, B., Zwar, N., Redfern, J., Macmahon, S., Colagiuri, S., Hayman, N., Patel, A. (2012), The Treatment of cardiovascular Risk in Primary care using Electronic Decision supOrt (TORPEDO) study-intervention development and protocol for a cluster randomised, controlled trial of an electronic decision support and quality improvement intervention in Australian primary healthcare. BMJ Open. 2(6), e002177. [Abstract]


  • Peiris, D., Usherwood, T., Weeramanthri, T., Cass, A., Patel, A. (2011), New tools for an old trade: a socio-technical appraisal of how electronic decision support is used by primary care practitioners. Sociology of health & illness. 33(7), 1002-18. [Abstract]
  • Shah, S., Sawyer, S., Toelle, B., Mellis, C., Peat, J., Lagleva, M., Usherwood, T., Jenkins, C. (2011), Improving paediatric asthma outcomes in primary health care: a randomised controlled trial. Medical Journal of Australia. 195(7), 405-409. [Abstract]
  • Yen, L., Gillespie, J., Rn, Y., Kljakovic, M., Anne Brien, J., Jan, S., Lehnbom, E., Pearce-Brown, C., Usherwood, T. (2011), Health professionals, patients and chronic illness policy: a qualitative study. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy. 14(1), 10-20. [Abstract]
  • Roydhouse, J., Shah, S., Toelle, B., Sawyer, S., Mellis, C., Usherwood, T., Edwards, P., Jenkins, C. (2011), A snapshot of general practitioner attitudes, levels of confidence and self-reported paediatric asthma management practice. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 17(3), 288-293. [Abstract]
  • Jan, S., Usherwood, T., Brien, J., Peiris, D., Rose, J., Hayman, N., Howard, K., Redfern, J., Laba, T., Cass, A., Patel, A. (2011), What determines adherence to treatment in cardiovascular disease prevention? Protocol for a mixed methods preference study. BMJ Open. 1(2), e000372. [Abstract]
  • Davidson, P., DiGiacomo, M., Thompson, S., Abbott, P., Davidson, J., Moore, L., Daly, J., McGrath, S., Taylor, K., Usherwood, T. (2011), Health workforce issues and how these impact on Indigenous Australians. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues. 14(4), 69-84.


  • Essue, B., Jowsey, T., Jeon, Y., Mirzaei, M., Pearce-Brown, C., Aspin, C., Usherwood, T. (2010), Informal care and the self-management partnership: implications for Australian health policy and practice. Australian Health Review. 34(4), 414-422. [Abstract]
  • Sullivan, F., Lockhart, P., Usherwood, T. (2010), Potential implications of genomic medicine in general practice. Medical Journal of Australia. 193(2), 120-123. [Abstract]
  • Kang, M., Skinner, R., Usherwood, T. (2010), Interventions for young people in Australia to reduce HIV and sexually transmissible infections: a systematic review. Sexual Health. 7(2), 107-128. [Abstract]
  • Mathew, T., Corso, O., Ludlow, M., Boyle, A., Cass, A., Chadban, S., Joyner, B., Shephard, M., Usherwood, T. (2010), Screening for chronic kidney disease in Australia: a pilot study in the community and workplace. Kidney International. Supplement. 77(S 116), S9-S16. [Abstract]
  • Bhala, N., Usherwood, T., George, J. (2010), Nichtalkoholische Fettlebererkrankung [Non-alcoholic fatty liver]. Praxis. 99(3), 187-189. [Abstract]
  • Schneider, J., Gopinath, B., McMahon, C., Britt, H., Harrison, C., Usherwood, T., Leeder, S., Mitchell, P. (2010), Role of general practitioners in managing age-related hearing loss. The Medical Journal of Australia. 192(1), 20-23. [Abstract]
  • Jeon, Y., Jowsey, T., Yen, L., Glasgow, N., Essue, B., Kljakovic, M., Pearce-Brown, C., Mirzaei, M., Usherwood, T., Jan, S., Kraus, S., Aspin, C. (2010), Achieving a balanced life in the face of chronic illness. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 16(1), 66-74. [Abstract]
  • Jeon, Y., Jowsey, T., Yen, L., Glasgow, N., Essue, B., Kljakovic, M., Pearce-Brown, C., Mirzaei, M., Usherwood, T., Jan, S., Kraus, S., Aspin, S. (2010), Achieving a balanced life in the face of chronic illness. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 16(1), 66-74.
  • Shah, S., Toelle, B., Sawyer, S., Roydhouse, J., Edwards, P., Usherwood, T., Jenkins, C. (2010), Feasibility study of a communication and education asthma intervention for general practitioners in Australia. Aust Journal of Primary Health. 16(1), 75-80. [Abstract]
  • Liu, H., Patel, A., Brown, A., Eades, S., Hayman, N., Jan, S., Ring, I., Stewart, G., Tonkin, A., Weeramanthri, T., Wade, V., Rodgers, A., Usherwood, T., Neal, B., Peiris, D., Burke, H., Reid, C., Cass, A. (2010), Rationale and design of the Kanyini guidelines adherence with the polypill (Kanyini-GAP) study: a randomised controlled trial of a polypill-based strategy amongst Indigenous and non Indigenous people at high cardiovascular risk. BMC Public Health. 10(1), 458. [Abstract]


  • James, J., Cameron, S., Usherwood, T. (2009), The practice of confidentiality in an Aboriginal medical service--what do GPs need to know?. Australian family physician. 38(10), 837-42. [Abstract]
  • Jowsey, T., Jeon, Y., Dugdale, P., Glasgow, N., Kljakovic, M., Usherwood, T. (2009), Challenges for co-morbid chronic illness care and policy in Australia: a qualitative study. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy. 6, 22. [Abstract]
  • Bhala, N., Usherwood, T., George, J. (2009), Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). 339, b2474. [Abstract]
  • Peiris, D., Joshi, R., Webster, R., Groenestein, P., Usherwood, T., Heeley, E., Turnbull, F., Lipman, A., Patel, A. (2009), An electronic clinical decision support tool to assist primary care providers in cardiovascular disease risk management: development and mixed methods evaluation. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 11(4), e51. [Abstract]


  • Deshmukh, V., Toelle, B., Usherwood, T., O'Grady, B., Jenkins, C. (2008), The association of comorbid anxiety and depression with asthma-related quality of life and symptom perception in adults. Respirology (Carlton, Vic.). 13(5), 695-702. [Abstract]
  • McDonnell, L., Usherwood, T. (2008), International medical graduates - Challenges faced in the Australian training program. Australian Family Physician. 37(6), 481-484. [Abstract]