Simon is a National Health & Medical Research Council Fellow (NHMRC) and senior research fellow based in the Department of Infectious Diseases. He is the lead of the Indigenous Health Cross-cutting Discipline at the Doherty Institute. Currently he is working on a project that examines Aboriginal peoples’ perspectives of COVID-19 restrictions, mask wearing and vaccines. He led a community-based trial that successfully increased sexually transmitted infection (STI) and viral hepatitis testing and improved managed of these infections among young Aboriginal people attending Aboriginal Health Services in New South Wales.
He is a graduate of the Master of Applied Epidemiology, a field epidemiology degree where he evaluated Australia’s National perinatal surveillance system and investigated an outbreak in Western Sydney. Simon previously worked in international developed based in Bangkok and Hanoi. He has an interest in field epidemiology that has clear community benefits. Before academia Simon worked in international development with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra, the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, a Thai non-government organisation in Bangkok and CARE international in Hanoi during the SARS outbreak.