Simon is a NHMRC fellow based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, analysing data on the Sisters Antiretroviral Programme for Prevention of HIV trial which aims to improve the health and well-being of female sex workers in Zimbabwe. In 2014, he received a PhD in epidemiology while leading a trial which evaluated a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and viral hepatitis intervention in Aboriginal communities in NSW. Simon’s interests are in community interventions that aim to prevent STI and BBV transmission and prevent poor health outcomes from developing.
The trial Simon led during his PhD significantly increased STI and viral hepatitis testing among young Aboriginal people and improved hepatitis C management in the participating communities. In 2015 Simon was awarded a McKenzie postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Melbourne. In 2016, he received a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship and spent 12 months at the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training in New York City focussing on cohort studies of gay men and their risk of STI infection. Simon has a Master of Applied Epidemiology, a field based training program that involved joining a team tasked with investigating and stopping outbreaks and evaluating surveillance systems.