IHMRI affiliation

Theme:Chronic conditions and lifestyle
Level:IHMRI Senior Fellow

Research focus

  • Text message intervention for people with type 2 diabetes
  • Home based exercise program for people 65 years and older
  • Interventions to promote physical activity and nutrition in people with heart disease

Research projects

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