Dr Joseph V Turner

Senior Lecturer - School of Rural Medicine


Joe is a GP Obstetrician/Rural Generalist with further training in reproductive health, skin cancer medicine and rural/remote and emergency medicine. He has a special interest in fertility-awareness and infertility, and is a founding Director of the Australasian Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine. Prior to medicine he completed a PhD in pharmacokinetics and taught in the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. He is also an honorary Senior Lecturer in the Rural Clinical School/Faculty of Medicine at both the University of Queensland and University of New South Wales.



Research Interests

  • Restorative reproductive medicine and fertility-awareness based methods (FABM)
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Bioethics
  • Structure-activity and structure-pharmacokinetic relationships


Journal Articles (selected only)

Turner JV and McLindon LA (2018) Bioethical and moral perspectives in human reproductive medicine. The Linacre Quarterly. 85(4):385-398.

Garratt D and Turner JV (2018) Providing women with full reproductive choice options: the point of researching medical abortion reversal. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care. 23(3):242-243.

Garratt D and Turner JV (2017) Progesterone for preventing pregnancy termination after initiation of medical abortion with mifepristone. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care. 22(6):472-475

Turner JV (2016) Fertility-awareness practice and education in general practice. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 22(5):375-376

Turner JV, Agatonovic-Kustrin S and Ward HRG (2015). Off-label use of misoprostol in gynaecology. Facts, Views and Vision in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 7(4):261-264

Turner JV (2012). Seizure and embolic stroke secondary to PFO in migrant girl. Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice. 3(3):405-407.

Agatonovic-Kustrin S, Alexander M, Morton DW and Turner JV (2011). Pesticides as estrogen disruptors: QSARs for selective ERα and ERβ binding of pesticides. Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening. 14(2):85-92.

Agatonovic-Kustrin S, Davies P and Turner JV (2009). Structure-activity relationships for serotonin transporter and dopamine receptor selectivity. Medicinal Chemistry, 5(3):271-278.

Turner JV and Scott LM (2007). University rural health clubs: nurturing the future rural workforce. Rural and Remote Health. 7:649.

Turner JV, Spallek M, Najman JM, Bain C, Purdie DM, Nixon J, Scott D and  McClure R (2006). Socio-economic distribution of environmental risk factors for childhood injury. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 30(6): 514-518.

Turner JV and Lane J (2006). Early barriers for university rural clinical placements. Education for Health, 19(3): 375-379.

Turner JV and Avery E (2006). Diabetes health in East Arnhem Land – from the feet up. Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal, 30(1): 21-23.

Turner JV, Maddalena DJ and Agatonovic-Kustrin S (2004). Bioavailability prediction based on molecular structure for a diverse series of drugs. Pharmaceutical Research, 21(1): 68-82.

Turner JV, Maddalena DJ, Cutler DJ and Agatonovic-Kustrin S (2003). Multiple pharmacokinetic parameter prediction for a series of cephalosporins. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 92(3): 518-525.


Agatonovic-Kustrin S, Turner JV (2009). Estrogen receptor subtype ligand selectivity: molecular structural characteristics. In James R. Bartos (Ed.), Estrogens: production, functions and applications (pp. 273-306) Hauppauge, NY, United States: Nova Science.

Turner JV, Agatonovic-Kustrin S (2008) Quantitative structure-pharmacokinetic relationships: Artificial neural network modeling. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag.

Turner JV, Agatonovic-Kustrin S (2007) In silico prediction of oral bioavailability. In John B. Taylor and David J. Triggle. (Ed.), Comprehensive Medicinal Chemistry II (pp. 699-724) Amsterdam, The Netherlands ; London, England, U.K.: Elseiver.

Turner JV and Graham J (2005). Targeting Aboriginal health in Aboriginal terms: lessons from the Top End. Proceedings of the 8th National Rural Health Conference, Eds Fitzpatrick L and Gregory G, Alice Springs, 10-13 March, 2005. Canberra: National Rural Health Alliance. Published paper.

Proceedings of the 8th National Undergraduate Rural Health Conference, Ed. Turner JV, Tanunda, 28 September - 2 October 2004. Toowoomba: National Rural Health Network, 2006.


Garratt D, Turner JV (2018) Wanted pregnancies. National Fertility Conference 2018. Brisbane. Oral presentation.

Marshell M, Corkill M, Barker G, Turner JV (2018) Conception rates and time to conception based on the peak mucus symptom. National Fertility Conference 2018. Brisbane. Poster.

Marshell M, Corkill M, Barker G, Turner JV (2018) Peak cervical mucus: an effective approach to achieving pregnancy. RANZCOG 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting. Adelaide. Poster.

Garratt D, Turner JV (2016). Reversal of medical termination and the significance of progesterone therapy. 23rd World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility (COGI). Melbourne. Oral presentation.

Garratt D, Turner JV (2016). Informed consent and coercion in the setting of medical termination of pregnancy. 23rd World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility (COGI). Melbourne. Poster presentation.

Turner JV (2015). Progesterone, mifepristone and early pregnancy. National Fertility Conference – Medical Update 2015. Melbourne. Oral presentation.

Other Media

Turner JV (2018). Natural family planning and contraception. Annals Australasia, Issue 8:34-6.

Turner JV, Garratt D, McCaffrey S (2018). The High Court, abortion clinic speech restrictions and the assessment of harm. The Western Australian Legal Theory Association, 1st October.

Turner JV (2016). How did general practice become so fertility unaware? Medical Observer, 10th November.

Clinical Skills and Experience

  • Infertility investigation and management including fertility-awareness methods and ovulation induction
  • GP Obstetrics from pre-conception planning and antenatal care to delivery including caesarean sections
  • Queensland Rural Generalist with credentialing in Emergency medicine
  • Lead Doctor on US TV production of Survivor: Philippines and Survivor: Caramoan


  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
  • NSW Rural Doctors Network / Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA)
  • Australasian Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine (AIRRM)
  • International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine (IIRRM)
  • MaterCare International
  • Medical Guild of St Luke
  • Solidarity!

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