Joachim Sturmberg

Conjoint Associate Professor of General Practice, University of Newcastle

Joachim P. Sturmberg, MBBS, DORACOG, MFM, PhD, FRACGP, is Conjoint Associate Professor of General Practice in the School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, at The University of Newcastle, Australia. He is a graduate of Lübeck Medical School in Germany, where he also completed his PhD. Since 1989, Joachim has worked in an urban group practice in the Central Coast of New South Wales. His research focuses on understanding the complex interconnected features of health and person-centered healthcare. Together with his collaborators, Joachim proposes that a truly functional health system ought to always focus on the needs of the person/patient across all domains affecting health - local health delivery services, local and regional social and economic infrastructure and services, as well as in all portfolios at the national policy levels. These complex interdependent features of a person-centered healthcare system are described by the health vortex model. Joachim's current research focuses on operationalising the health vortex model, integrating the physiology of health with health care delivery, the socioeconomic domains affecting health, and the impact of policy decisions on health and the healthcare system.

Together with Howard Federoff, Joachim organized the 1st International Conference of System and Complexity for Healthcare. Joachim and Carmel Martin are joint co-editors in chief of the Forum on Systems and Complexity in Medicine and Healthcare as part of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

2016 - Sturmberg (ed). The Value of Systems and Complexity Sciences for Healthcare.
2013 - Sturmberg & Martin (eds). Handbook of Systems and Complexity in Health.


  • –present
    Conjoint Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, Newcastle University