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Dr Simon Graham

Dr Simon Graham

Dr Simon Graham

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Senior Research Fellow
Viral Infectious Diseases
Indigenous Health
Department of Infectious Diseases
Lab Group(s):
Biggs Group

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.

  • Key Achievements
    •  Simon has received over AUD $3 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. Simon spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow overseas, including: 12 months as a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at the PRIDE Health Research Consortium in New York City, two years as a NHMRC fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK, and six months as an Endeavour Research fellow at the First Nations Health Authority in Vancouver.

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    Research Groups
    • Biggs Group


      Lab Team

      Biggs Group

      • Beth Hilton Thorpe
        Biggs Group Consultant
      • Ricardo Ataide
        Senior Research Fellow in Global Health Trials
      • Senior Research Fellow
      • Janet Pasricha
        Refugee Health Fellow
      • Senior Research Fellow
      • Dr Hasthi Dissanayake
        Research Fellow in Indigenous Health
      • Infectious Diseases Physician
      • Ben Harrap
        Research Assistant - Refugee Health
      • Christalla Hajisava
        Administration support
      • John Hayman
      • Jennifer Shield
      • Dominic Hare
        PhD student
      • Victoria Nikolakakis
        Honors student