Simon is a NHMRC fellow based at the Doherty Institute. 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 in regional towns 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.
Simon has received over AUD$1 million in competitive funding and held externally funded fellowships since receiving his PhD. In 2015 he received a McKenzie postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Melbourne. In 2016, Simon received a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship and spent 12-months at the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training in New York City. In 2017 he won an NHMRC fellowship and spent two-years at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2018, he received an Endeavour Research Leadership fellowship and spent six-months at the First Nations Health Authority in Vancouver.
Steve’s group conducts clinical trials to optimise the treatment of infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other bacterial pathogens. He also investigates the epidemiology and genomics of streptococcal infections, hepatitis B, influenza, and antimicrobial resistance in Australian Indigenous communities.