IHMRI affiliation

Theme:Chronic conditions and lifestyle
Level:IHMRI Senior Fellow

Research focus

Dr Susan Furber has over 25 years of experience in population health research using both quantitative methodology.  Her research interests have included studies on interventions to promote healthy weight and physical activity in children and adults; falls prevention; health impact assessments; and outdoor gyms and physical activity.

Publications and funding

  • Bates A, Furber S, Tiedemann A, Ginn K, van den Dolder P, Howard K, Bauman A, Chittenden C, Franco L, Kershaw M, Sherrington C. Home-based exercise programs to prevent falls and upper limb dysfunction among community-dwelling older people: study protocol for the BEST (Balance Exercise Strength Training) at Home randomised controlled trial. Journal of Physiotherapy 2018, in press.
  • Porter S, Furber S, Lawson T, Fonua L, Franco L. Effect of the “Stamp Out Smoking” Project in community service organisations on their practice to reduce smoking-related harm. The ISLHD Research & Quality Bulletin 2017, Vol 1, Issue 3:16-24.
  • Lawler R, Furber S, Franco L. The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among parents and their children who attend supported playgroups: a pilot study. The ISLHD Research & Quality Bulletin 2017, Vol 1, Issue 3:9-15.
  • Sangster J, Furber S, Phongsavan P, Redfern J, Mark A, Bauman A. Effects of a pedometer-based telephone coaching intervention on physical activity among people with cardiac disease in urban, rural and semi-rural settings: a replication study. Heart, Lung & Circulation 2017, 26:354-361.
  • Cheng Q, Church J, Haas M, Goodall S, Sangster J, Furber S. Cost-effectiveness of a population-based lifestyle intervention to promote healthy weight and physical activity in non-attenders of cardiac rehabilitation. Heart, Lung & Circulation 2016, 25:265-274.
  • Tavener-Smith K, Furber S. People’s perceptions of the benefit of the outdoor gym equipment and ‘Come and Try’ sessions. The ISLHD Research & Quality Bulletin 2016, Vol 1, Issue 2:26-33.
  • Sangster J, Church J, Haas M, Furber S, Bauman A. A comparison of the cost-effectiveness of two pedometer-based telephone coaching programs for people with cardiac disease. Heart, Lung & Circulation 2015, 24:471-479.
  • Sangster J, Furber S, Allman-Farinelli M, Phongsavan P, Redfern J, Haas M, Church J, Mark A, Bauman A. Effectiveness of a pedometer-based telephone coaching program on weight and physical activity for people referred to a cardiac rehabilitation program: randomised controlled trial. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention 2015, 35(2):124-129.
  • Furber S, Pomroy H, Grego S, Tavener-Smith K. People’s experiences using outdoor gym equipment in parks. Health Promotion Journal of Australia 2014, 25 (3):211.
  • Furber, S., Jackson, J., Johnson, K., Sukara, R. & Franco, L. 2013, A qualitative study on tobacco smoking and betel quid use among Burmese refugees in Australia, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, vol. 15, no. 6, pp. 1133-1136.

Other roles

  • Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of NSW, 2000 to present
  • Senior Honorary Fellow, School of Health & Society, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, 2017 to present.
  • Auxiliary (Associate) Supervisor of Higher Degree Research Candidatures supervising at Doctorate & Masters level with the Medicine Faculty, University of Sydney, 2016 to present