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Professor Moira Sim

Professor Moira Sim


Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 63043678, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.517
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  63043678  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.517  



Professor Moira Sim is a general practitioner and a specialist addiction medicine physician with over 30 years in clinical practice in the community and has been at ECU since 2004. Moira 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 holds a Clinical Adjunct position at the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Western Australia, and is 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 and is part of the education team for Medical Defence Australia National. Moira has served as Medical Director to Silver Chain’s Home Hospital, and 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, the Psychotherapeutic Drugs Committee of the Western Australian Therapeutics 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 BMJ Open, 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 (the Royal Australasian College of Physicians).

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (Chapter of Addiction Medicine)
  • Chapter of Addiction Medicine, Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • Medical Defence Association Australia

Research Areas and Interests

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


  • 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.


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.
  • Better Access To Home Hospital for Residents in Aged Care Facilities,  Department of Health WA,  WA Health Targeted Research Fund,  2014 - 2017,  $303,000.
  • Online Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Education for the Department of Health,  Department of Health WA,  Tender,  2014 - 2017,  $286,994.
  • Beta cell mass and Islet production in the Gene Mine mouse strains,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $30,000.
  • Assessing the ?at risk? Elderly in an Independent Living Community Setting,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 1),  2015 - 2016,  $176,110.
  • 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,  2014 - 2016,  $76,906.
  • 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 - 2015,  $99,398.
  • 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 - 2015,  $196,000.
  • Evaluation of Structure and Resources in the Management of Chronic Hepatitis C,  Department of Health WA,  Royal Perth Hospital - Liver Service,  2013 - 2014,  $28,000.
  • Extending the role of paramedics in the greater Darwin region, Northern Territory,  St John Ambulance,  Health Workforce Australia,  2012 - 2014,  $1,682,401.
  • Workforce Development: Hepatitis B and C Health Professional Engagement and Education,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2009 - 2014,  $592,014.
  • 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.
  • 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 - 2013,  $143,545.
  • 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.
  • Creating cultural empathy and challenging attitudes through Indigenous narratives,  Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations,  Novated ALTC Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $351,816.
  • 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

  • Sim, M., Khong, E., Hulse, G., (2014), Motivational interviewing. Handbook of behavioural medicine, 2(47), 406-428, West Sussex.

Journal Articles

  • Xi, F., Wang, Z., Qi, Y., Brightwell, R., Roberts, P., Stewart, A., Sim, M., Wang, W., (2015), Long-term effect of respiratory training for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients at an outpatient clinic: a randomised controlled trial. Clinical and Translational Medicine, 4(2015), Article number 31, Heidelberg, Germany, DOI: 10.1186/s40169-015-0073-2.
  • Sim, M., McEvoy, A., Wain, T., Khong, E., (2014), Improving health professional's knowledge of hepatitis B using cartoon based learning tools: a retrospective analysis of pre and post tests. BMC Medical Education, 14(online), Article no. 244, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1186/s12909-014-0244-7.
  • Almeida, O., Marsh, K., Flicker, L., Hickey, M., Ford, A., Sim, M., (2014), Reducing depression during the menopausal transition: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 15(1), Article no. 312, DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-15-312.
  • Arendts, G., Etherton-Beer, C., Howard, K., Lewin, G., Sim, M., Pickstock, S., Fitzhardinge, S., O'Brien, K., Tassell, S., Deans, P., Blackwell, S., (2014), Nurse led care coordination: Trial protocol and development of a best practice resource guide for a cluster controlled clinical trial in Australian aged care facilities. Arch Geriatr Gerontol, 58(1), 15-19, DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2013.07.004.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.

Conference Publications

  • 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.
  • 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, Perth, WA.
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