Professor James A Dunbar is the Research Adviser to Australian Health Policy Collaboration. He graduated MB ChB from St Andrews in 1972 and MD University of Dundee 1990.

He is a health services implementation researcher at Deakin University and was ranked as the most productive primary care researcher in Australia 2012-17.

From 2001-2014, he was Inaugural Director, University Department of Rural Health, Deakin and Flinders universities. Previously he was Medical Director of Borders Primary Care NHS Trust, and prior to that, an innovative general practitioner in Dundee  winning the UK’s premier award for quality improvement in health care – the Golden Helix.

From 2004-2006, he established the national demonstrator Greater Green Triangle Diabetes Prevention Program which he scaled up to be the statewide Victorian Diabetes Prevention Program Life! Taking action on diabetes from 2007. He was the leading investigator on the NHMRC-funded Melbourne Diabetes Prevention Study evaluating the Life! program and NHMRC-funded MAGDA -mothers after gestational diabetes in Australia – a system change to prevent women who have had diabetes in pregnancy converting to diabetes.

He is the author of books, book chapters and over 250 original peer-reviewed articles. His major interests are heart disease, diabetes, depression, quality improvement and patient safety.