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Professor Moira Sim

Executive Dean

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3678
Email: m.sim@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.517  
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5962-6639

Professor Moira Sim is Executive Dean, School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University

Background

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 toincrease 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 panel list on the Impairment Review Committee and Professional Standards Committee for the Medical Board for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. She 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 Groupat Amana Living.

Moira has previously been Chair of the Osborne Division of General Practitioners, Deputy Chair of General Practice Divisionsof Western Australia, Deputy Chairperson of the Western Australian Faculty of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Board Director ofAustralian Divisions of General Practice and she has led a team which provided medical advice for the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office in Western Australia. 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.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies, 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 Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Reid, D., Sim, M., Beatty, S., Grantham, H., Gale, M. (2020). Pre-hospital advanced life support resuscitation – a curriculum for pre-hospital education. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 17(2020), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.33151/ajp.17.757.
  • Hill, M., Sim, M., Mills, B. (2020). The quality of diagnosis and triage advice provided by free online symptom checkers and apps in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 212(11), 514-519. https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50600.
  • Reid, D., Sim, M., Beatty, S., Grantham, H., Gale, M. (2020). Pre-hospital advanced life support resuscitation training: A pilot of an evidence-based curriculum. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 17(November), 8p.. https://doi.org/10.33151/ajp.17.846.

Journal Articles

  • Arendts, G., Deans, P., O'Brien, K., Etherton-Beer, C., Howard, K., Lewin, G., Sim, M. (2018). A clinical trial of nurse practitioner care in residential aged care facilities. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 77(July-Aug 2018), 129-132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2018.05.001.
  • Reid, D., Jones, R., Sim, M. (2018). Pre-hospital advanced life support education – core components for pre-hospital professionals. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 15(1), Article 4.

Journal Articles

  • Dagostino, C., De Gregori, M., Gieger, C., Manz, J., Gudelj, I., Lauc, G., Divizia, L., Wang, W., Sim, M., Pemberton, I., Macdougall, J., Williams, F., Van Zundert, J., Primorac, D., Aulchenko, Y., Kapural, L., Allegri, M. (2017). Validation of standard operating procedures in a multicenter retrospective study to identify -omics biomarkers for chronic low back pain. PLoS One, 12(5), Article Number: e0176372. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176372.
  • Lung, T., Howard, K., Etherton-Beer, C., Sim, M., Lewin, G., Arendts, G. (2017). Comparison of the HUI3 and the EQ-5D-3L in a nursing home setting. PLoS One, 12(2), Article number e0172796. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0172796.

Journal Articles

  • Liira, H., Knight, AP., Sim, M., Wilcox, HM., Cheetham, S., Aalto, MT. (2016). Workplace interventions for preventing job loss and other work related outcomes in workers with alcohol misuse. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016(9), Article no. CD012344. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD012344.
  • Wain, T., Sim, M., Bessarab, D., Mak, D., Hayward, C., Rudd, C. (2016). Engaging Australian Aboriginal narratives to challenge attitudes and create empathy in health care: a methodological perspective. BMC Medical Education, 16(1), Article no. 156. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-016-0677-2.
  • Almeida, O., Marsh, K., Flicker, L., Hickey, M., Sim, M., Ford, A. (2016). Depressive symptoms in midlife: the role of reproductive stage. Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, 23(6), 669-675. https://doi.org/10.1097/GME.0000000000000598.
  • Almeida, O., Marsh, K., Murray, K., Hickey, M., Sim, M., Ford, A., Flicker, L. (2016). Reducing depression during the menopausal transition with health coaching: Results from the healthy menopausal transition randomised controlled trial. Maturitas, 92(2016), 41-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2016.07.012.
  • Allegri, M., De Gregori, M., Minella, C., Klersy, C., Wang, W., Sim, M., Gieger, C., Manz, J., Pemberton, I., Macdougall, J., Williams, F., Van Zundert, J., Buyse, K., Lauc, G., Gudelj, I., Primorac, D., Skelin, A., Aulchenko, Y., Karssen, L., Kapural, L., Rauck, R., Fanelli, G. (2016). ‘Omics’ biomarkers associated with chronic low back pain: protocol of a retrospective longitudinal study. BMJ Open, 6(10), article no.e012070. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012070.

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. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40169-015-0073-2.

Book Chapters

  • Sim, M., Khong, E., Hulse, G. (2014). Motivational interviewing. Handbook of behavioural medicine (406-428). John Wiley & Sons.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-014-0244-7.
  • Pffaf, J., Alfonso, H., Newton, R., Sim, M., Flicker, L., Almeida, O. (2014). 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. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2013-092510.
  • 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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2013.07.004.

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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0079318.

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). Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.
  • Kutay, C., Sim, M., Wain, T. (2013). Support for non IT savvy teachers to incorporate games. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (141-151). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-41175-5_15.

Journal Articles

  • 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 Molecular Biomarkers, 16(9), 1044-1050. https://doi.org/10.1089/gtmb.2012.0016.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S104161021200107X.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.4066/AMJ.2012.1471.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1370/afm.1368.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.112.110130.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2012.01.021.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-227X-11-7.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610210001870.

Book Chapters

  • Wilkinson, A., Sim, M. (2009). End-of-Life Decision-Making. Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (134-137). Macmillan Publishers.

Journal Articles

  • 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 SUPPL.), S75-S80.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Kerse, N., Flicker, L., Pfaff, JJ., Draper, B., Lautenschlager, NT., Sim, M., Snowdon, J., Almeida, OP. (2008). Falls, Depression and antidepressants in Later Life: A Large Primary Care Appraisal. PLoS ONE, 3(6), Article number e2423. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0002423.
  • Sim, M., Khong, E., Jiwa, M. (2008). Does General Practice Google?. Australian Family Physician, 37(6), 471-474.

Journal Articles

  • Williamson, M., Pirkis, J., Pfaff, J., Tyson, O., Sim, M., Kerse, N., Lautenschlager, N., Stocks, N., Almeida, O. (2007). Recruiting and retaining GPs and patients in intervention studies: the DEPS-GP project as a case study. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 7(42), 9p.
  • Sim, M., Khong, E., Wain, T. (2007). The prescribing dilemma of benzodiazepines. Australian Family Physician, 36(11), 923-926.
  • Sim, M., Khong, E., Choy, W., Casey, W. (2007). Substance Abuse. Check Program of Self Assessment, 428, 1-42.

Journal Articles

  • Sim, M., Khong, E. (2006). Prevention Building on routine clinical practice. Australian Family Physician, 35(1/2), 12-15.

Journal Articles

  • McCormack, B., Sim, M. (2005). Teen pregnancy - A program for awarness and health education. Australian Family Physician, 34(1/2), 17-20.

Journal Articles

  • Sim, M., Hulse, G., Khong, E. (2004). Back pain and opioid seeking behaviour. Australian Family Physician, 33(6), 431-435.
  • Sim, M., Hulse, G., Khong, E. (2004). Acute pain and opioid seeking behaviour.. Australian Family Physician, 33(12), 1009-1012.
  • Sim, M., Hulse, G., Khong, E. (2004). Alcohol and other drug use in later life. Australian Family Physician, 33(10), 820-824.
  • Sim, M., Hulse, G., Khong, E. (2004). Cough mixtures: not always for cough.. Australian Family Physician, 33(5), 327-331.
  • Sim, M., Hulse, G., Khong, E. (2004). Injecting drug use and skin lesions.. Australian Family Physician, 33(7), 519-522.
  • Hulse, G., Sim, M., Khong, E. (2004). Management of the Impaired Doctor. Australian Family Physician, 33(9), 703-707.
  • Sim, M., Hulse, G., Khong, E. (2004). Cannabis and Psychosis. Australian Family Physician, 33(4), 229-32.
  • Khong, E., Sim, M., Hulse, G. (2004). Benzodiazepine dependence. Australian Family Physician, 33(11), 923-926.
  • Sim, M., Hulse, G., Khong, E. (2004). When the child with ADHD grows up. Australian Family Physician, 33(8), 615-618.

Research Projects

  • Aboriginal Health, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, Covid-19 Research Fund, 2020 ‑ 2022, $200,000.
  • Early identification of and appropriate response to aggressive behaviour for hospital workers, Department of Health WA, Clinical Simulation and Training Grants, 2020 ‑ 2022, $49,794.
  • Community expectations and utilisation of emergency health services during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, Covid-19 Research Fund, 2020 ‑ 2022, $100,000.
  • Develop a systematic profiling of neurological conditions that will facilitate personalised treatment and streamline service delivery, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia, MS WA - Research funding for social and applied research, 2019 ‑ 2021, $1,200,000.
  • Primary Care Capacity Building – Alcohol and Drugs, WA Primary Health Alliance, Grant, 2017 ‑ 2021, $1,203,172.
  • Circadian Heart Rate as a Measure of Antidepressant effectiveness, Medibio Ltd, Grant, 2016 ‑ 2019, $58,654.
  • Online Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Education for the Department of Health, Department of Health WA, Tender, 2014 ‑ 2019, $487,136.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, $43,992.
  • Assessing the “at risk” Elderly in an Independent Living Community Setting, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 1), 2015 ‑ 2016, $44,924.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Workforce Development: Hepatitis B and C Health Professional Engagement and Education, Department of Health WA, Grant, 2009 ‑ 2014, $592,014.
  • Extending the role of paramedics in the greater Darwin region, Northern Territory, St John Ambulance, Health Workforce Australia, 2012 ‑ 2014, $191,773.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, $220,000.
  • 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.
  • Data Review and Clinical Audit of Australian Medical Procedures Research Foundation Limited (AMPRF), Drug and Alcohol Office, Grant, 2011, $66,452.
  • Hepatitis C Workforce Development, Department of Health WA, Grant, 2008 ‑ 2009, $132,451.
  • Provision of an E-learning package, Department of Health WA, Grant, 2009, $18,000.
  • 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, $26,463.
  • Establishing a practice policy for the management of manipulative and aggressive behaviour, Osborne Division of General Practice, Grant, 2007 ‑ 2008, $4,545.
  • Making changes Across the Hospital in the Treatment of Patients with Alcohol and Drug Issues, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant, 2007 ‑ 2008, $10,000.
  • Evaluation of Falls Linkage Independence Program, Department of Health WA, Grant, 2008, $14,400.
  • Kids and Parents for Optimal Weight (KAPOW), Osborne Division of General Practice, Grant, 2007 ‑ 2008, $10,000.
  • 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.
  • Economic Cost of Caring and Anxiety Depression and Social Dysfunction Amongst Carers, Carers Association of Western Australia, Grant, 2006 ‑ 2007, $8,900.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Development of a prehospital advanced life support course.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The impact of offender registration, within the terms of the Western Australian Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004 (WA), upon the physical, mental and social wellbeing of Reportable Offenders.

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Medical and Health Science by Research, Appraisal of free online symptom checkers and applications for self-diagnosis and triage: An Australian evaluation

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, A qualitative study into the communication surrounding the initiation and withdrawal of non-invasive ventilation (niv) in people with motor neurone disease

Co-ordinating Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Medical Science), Factors associated with anxiety, depression, burnout, and ptsd symptomatology in Australian paramedics
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