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Professor Moira Sim

Head of School

Contact Information Email: m.sim@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup,
Staff Member Details
Email: m.sim@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  

 

Current Teaching

  • Medicine
  • Communication in healthcare

Background

Professor Moira Sim is a general practitioner and a specialist addiction medicine physician with over 25 years in clinical practice in the community and has been at ECU since 2004. Moira heads the School of Medical Sciences at Edith Cowan University and is a member of the Systems Intervention Research Centre for Health. She has worked to increase access to quality care through professional education, advocacy and the establishment of system change through many roles in the healthcare system.

Moira is a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Western Australia, Medical Director of Home Hospital at Silver Chain, a member of the Impairment Review Committee at the Nurses and Midwives Board and a panellist on the Impairment Review Committee and Professional Standards Committee for the Medical Board for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. She leads a team which provides medical advice for the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office in Western Australia, chairs the Medical Safety and Quality Committee for Home Hospital, and is a member of the Psychotherapeutic Drugs Committee of the Western Australian Therapeutics Advisory Group. She has served as a member of the Medical Defence Association President’s Medical Liaison Council, the Western Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care, the Musculoskeletal Network Executive Advisory Group and the Care and Strategic Services Advisory Group at Amana Living.  

Moira has previously been Chair of the Osborne Division of General Practitioners, Deputy Chair of General Practice Divisions of Western Australia, Deputy Chairperson of the Western Australian Faculty of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Board Director of Australian Divisions of General Practice. She is a peer reviewer for the journals Australian Family Physician, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, and Drug and Alcohol Review. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (Chapter of Addiction Medicine)
  • Chapter of Addiction Medicine, Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • Perth Primary Care Network
  • Medical Defence Association

Research Areas and Interests

  • Translation of evidence to clinical practice, alcohol and other drugs, prevention in health, managing behaviour in clinical practice.

Staff Qualifications

  • Graduate Dip Alcohol & Drugs, The University of Western Australia, 1996 .
  • Bachelor of Medicine, The University of Western Australia, 1985 .
  • Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Western Australia, 1985 .

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Pain-Omics - Multi-dimensional omics approach to stratification of patients with low back pain,  European Commission,  Grant - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7),  2013 - 2018,  $5,998,886.
  • Online Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Education for the Department of Health,  Department of Health WA,  Tender,  2014 - 2019,  $487,137.
  • Better Access To Home Hospital for Residents in Aged Care Facilities,  Department of Health WA,  WA Health Targeted Research Fund,  2014 - 2017,  $303,000.
  • Validation and Distribution of the Sub-Optimal Health Status Questionnaire-25 (SHSQ-25) for the Australian Context,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2013,  2013 - 2014,  $76,906.
  • Workforce Development: Hepatitis B and C Health Professional Engagement and Education,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2009 - 2013,  $592,014.
  • Extending the role of paramedics in the greater Darwin region, Northern Territory,  St John Ambulance,  Health Workforce Australia,  2012 - 2014,  $1,682,401.
  • A joint Australian-China pilot survey on "Suboptimal Health",  The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education ,  Australia-China Science and Research Fund Group Missions,  2013 - 2014,  $43,600.
  • Standards and Quality Indicators for Best Practice in Paramedic and Inter-Professional Experiential Practica,  Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations,  Novated ALTC Grant,  2011 - 2013,  $196,000.
  • Evaluation of Structure and Resources in the Management of Chronic Hepatitis C,  Department of Health WA,  Royal Perth Hospital - Liver Service,  2013,  $28,000.
  • Suboptimal Health-A New Instrument for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Assessment,  ANZ Executors and Trustee Company Limited,  Judith Jane Mason and Harold Stannett Williams Memorial Foundation - National Medical & Scientific Grants,  2014,  $99,398.
  • Promoting Physical Activity to Improve the Outcome of Depression in Later Life (ACTIVEDEP),  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Health Promotion Research Project Grant,  2008 - 2011,  $143,545.
  • Creating cultural empathy and challenging attitudes through Indigenous narratives,  Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations,  Novated ALTC Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $351,816.
  • PARAMED Home (Paramedic Assessment and Referral to Access MEDical care at home: a randomised trial,  Department of Health WA,  SHRAC Research Translation Projects,  2010 - 2012,  $145,000.
  • Data Review and Clinical Audit of Australian Medical Procedures Research Foundation Limited (AMPRF),  Drug and Alcohol Office,  Grant,  2011,  $66,452.
  • For the development and implementation of a blended learning program, including e-learning, for the management of sexually transmissible infections as part of a state-wide workforce development program for general practitioners and practice nurses.,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2011,  $110,173.
  • Recruit and retain Indigenous health professionals, particularly nurses, though the establishment of partnerships and development and implementation of appropriate strategies,  Edith Cowan University,  Grant - Development,  2007 - 2009,  $40,000.
  • Provision of an E-learning package,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2009,  $18,000.
  • Hepatitis C Workforce Development,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $132,451.
  • Kids and Parents for Optimal Weight (KAPOW),  Osborne Division of General Practice,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $10,000.
  • Evaluation of Falls Linkage Independence Program,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2008,  $14,400.
  • Making changes Across the Hospital in the Treatment of Patients with Alcohol and Drug Issues,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $28,610.
  • Establishing a practice policy for the management of manipulative and aggressive behaviour,  Osborne Division of General Practice,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $4,545.
  • Economic Cost of Caring and Anxiety Depression and Social Dysfunction Amongst Carers,  Carers Association of Western Australia,  Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $8,900.
  • Review and provision of recommendations for the updating of four government publications by the Health Department of Western Australia on abortion and abortion counselling,  University of Western Australia,  Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $23,660.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Wilkinson, A., Sim, M., (2009), End-of-Life Decision-Making. Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, 3(108), 134-137, Detroit, MI USA.

Journal Articles

  • Yan, N., Chen, N., Zhu, H., Zhang, J., Sim, M., Ma, Y., Wang, W., (2013), High-frequency stimulation of nucleus accumbens changes in dopaminergic reward circuit. PLoS ONE, 8(11), e79318, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079318.
  • Pffaf, J., Alfonso, H., Newton, R., Sim, M., Flicker, L., Almeida, O., (2013), ACTIVEDEP: a randomised, controlled trial of a home-based exercise intervention to alleviate depression in middle-aged and older adults. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(3), 226-232, British Med Assoc House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, England, DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-092510.
  • Almeida, O., Pirkis, J., Kerse, N., Sim, M., Flicker, L., Snowdon, J., Draper, B., Byrne, G., Goldney, R., Lautenschlager, N., Stocks, N., Alfonso, H., Pfaff, J., (2012), A randomized trial to reduce the prevalence of depression and self-harm behaviour in older primary care patients. Annals of Family Medicine, 10(4), 347-356, DOI: 10.1370/afm.1368.
  • Briggs, A., Lee, N., Sim, M., Leys, T., Yates, P., (2012), Hospital discharge information after elective total hip or knee joint replacement surgery: a clinical audit of preferences among general practitioners. Australasian Medical Journal, 5(10), 544-550.
  • Meng, C., Lan, J., Wang, Y., Song, M., Gao, X., Ran, L., Sim, M., Wang, W., (2012), Influence of brain-derived neurotrophic factor genetic polymorphisms on the ages of onset for heroin dependence in a Chinese population. Genetic Testing and Biomarkers , 16(9), 1044-1050, DOI: 10.1089/gtmb.2012.0016.
  • Almeida, O., Draper, B., Snowdon, J., Lautenschlager, N., Pirkis, J., Byrne, G., Sim, M., Stocks, N., Flicker, L., Pfaff, J., (2012), Factors associated with suicidal thoughts in a large community study of older adults. British Journal of Psychiatry, 201(6), 466-472, DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.112.110130.
  • Almeida, OP., Draper, B., Pirkis, J., Snowdon, J., Lautenschlager, NT., Byrne, G., Sim, M., Stocks, N., Kerse, N., Flicker, L., Pfaff, JJ., (2012), Anxiety, depression, and comorbid anxiety and depression: Risk factors and outcome over two years. International Psychogeriatrics, 24(10), 1622-1632, DOI: 10.1017/S104161021200107X.
  • Almeida, O., Draper, B., Pirkis, J., Snowdon, J., Lautenschlager, N., Byrne, G., Sim, M., Stocks, N., Kerse, N., Flicker, L., Pfaff, J., (2012), Anxiety, depression and comorbid anxiety and depression: risk factors and outcome over two years. International Psychogeriatrics, 24(10), 1622-1632, DOI: 10.1017/S104161021200107X.
  • Almeida, O., Pirkis, J., Kerse, N., Sim, M., Flicker, L., Snowdon, J., Draper, B., Byrne, G., Lautenschlager, N., Stocks, N., Alfonso, H., Pfaff, J., (2012), Socioeconomic Disadvantage Increases Risk of Prevalent and Persistent Depression in Later Life. Journal of Affective Disorders, 138(3), 322-331, DOI: 10.1016j.jad02012.01.021.
  • Almeida, O., Alfonso, H., Pirkis, J., Kerse, N., Sim, M., Flicker, L., Snowdon, J., Draper, B., Byrne, G., Goldney, R., Lautenschlager, N., Stocks, N., Scazufca, M., Huisman, M., Araya, R., Pfaff, J., (2011), A practical approach to assess depression risk and to guide risk reduction strategies in later life. International Psychogeriatrics, 23(2), 280-291, DOI: 10.1017/S1041610210001870.
  • Sim, M., Wain, T., Khong, E., (2011), Aggressive behaviour prevention and management in the general practice environment. Australian Family Physician, 40(11), 866-872, South Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Arendts, G., Sim, M., Johnston, S., Brightwell, R., (2011), ParaMED Home: A protocol for a randomised controlled trial of paramedic assessment and referral to access medical care at home. BMC Emergency Medicine, 11(7), 1-4, DOI: 10.1186/1471-227X-11-7.
  • Almeida, O., Alfonso, H., Pirkis, J., Kerse, N., Sim, M., Flicker, L., Snowdon, J., Draper, B., Byrne, G., Goldney, R., Lautenschlager, N., Stocks, N., Scazufca, M., Huisman, M., Araya, R., Pfaff, J., (2010), A practical approach to assess depression risk and to guide risk reduction strategies in later life. International Psychogeriatrics, 23(2), 280-291, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1017/S1041610210001870.
  • Sim, M., Wain, T., Khong, E., (2009), Influencing behaviour change in general practice (Part 2): Motivational interviewing approaches. Australian Family Physician, 38(12), 986-989, South Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Sim, M., Wain, T., Khong, E., (2009), Influencing behaviour change in general practice (Part 1): Brief intervention and motivational interviewing. Australian Family Physician, 38(11), 885-888, South Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Sim, M., Khong, E., Wain, T., (2009), Motivational Interviewing in general practice. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: CHECK Program, October 2009(451), 1-30, Melbourne.
  • Pfaff, J., Draper, B., Pirkis, J., Stocks, N., Snowdon, J., Sim, M., Byrne, G., Lautenschlager, N., Flicker, L., Kerse, N., Goldney, R., Almeida, O., (2009), Medical morbidity and severity of depression in a large primary care sample of older Australians: the DEPS-GP project. Medical Journal of Australia, 190(7), S75-S80, Australia.

Conference Publications

  • Sim, M., Khong, E., McEvoy, A., Wain, T., Sim, M., Williams, T., (2013), Cartoons for e-health informatics. Proceedings of the 2nd Australian eHealth Informatics and Security Conference, 50-57.
  • Kutay, C., Sim, M., Wain, T., (2013), Support for non IT savvy teachers to incorporate games. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 141-151, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41175-5_15.
  • Wang, W., Bittles, A., Sim, M., Roberts, P., (2012), Adapting to life in Asian mega-cities. Proceedings of the International Association of Physiological Anthropology conference 2012, 1-46, Beijing.
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