Dr Joseph V Turner

Senior Lecturer - School of Rural Medicine

Joseph V Turner


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 subfertility 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.




  • 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!

Research Interests

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


Journal Articles (selected only)

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 (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.

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

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