DR Simon Graham

DR Simon Graham


  • 1117
  • Aboriginal / Indigenous Health
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Sexually transmissible infections



  • Simon is a National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) fellow based at the First Nations Health Authority, Vancouver Canada. Simon’s interests are in community interventions that aim to prevent sexually transmitted infection (STI) and viral hepatitis transmission and prevent poor health outcomes from developing. In 2019, he will commence an Endeavour Research Leadership Award and spend five months at the First Nations Health Authority Vancouver, Canada. In 2017 he received a NHMRC fellowship to spend two years at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and then two years at the Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne. In 2016 he received a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship and spent 12 months at the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training in New York City focusing on cohort studies of STI infection among gay men. In 2015 Simon was awarded a McKenzie postdoctoral fellowship based in the Sexual Health Unit, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Melbourne. In 2014, he received a PhD in epidemiology while leading a trial which evaluated a sexually transmitted infection and viral hepatitis intervention in four Aboriginal communities in New South Wales. Simon is also a graduate of the Master of Applied Epidemiology program, a field based epidemiology training program that involved joining a team tasked with investigating and stopping outbreaks and evaluating surveillance systems. Prior to gaining academic qualifications Simon lived and worked in Thailand and Vietnam. In Thailand he worked for a local NGO on a CDC and ILO funded project which involved collaborating with multinational companies which had factories in Asia to provide HIV education and training and work with executive board members to develop better policies that supported staff living with HIV.   


Member of

  • Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine. Board member 2014 - 2016
  • Australasian Aboriginal HIV Conference Organising Committee. Member 2015
  • Australasian Sexual Health Conference Organising Committee. Member 2014 - 2015
  • Australasian Society for HIV Medicine - Hepatitis B Expert Reference Group. Member 2013 - 2014


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2019 Australian Department of Education - Endeavour Research Leadership Award 2018 Australian Research Council - Fostering Aboriginal sexual well-being by building on strengths (Investigator) 2017 Australian Research Council - #thismymob Establishing Digital Land Rights and Reconnecting Indigenous Communities through Emerging Technologies (Investigator) 2017 National Health and Medical Research Council - emerging leadership fellowship (2017-2021) 2016 Australian-American Fulbright Commission - Fulbright postdoctoral scholarship 2016 University of Melbourne - Improving the health service access of young Aboriginal people in Melbourne (Lead investigator) 2014 University of Melbourne - McKenzie postdoctoral fellowship (2015-2017) 2010 New South Wales Ministry of Health - Sexual health quality improvement project (SHIMMER) in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in New South Wales (2010-2014) - (Lead investigator) Other publications 1. MacLachlan J, Graham S, Cowie B. B Positive – All you wanted to know about hepatitis B: a guide for primary care providers. ASHM 2014. 2. Harrod ME, Ward J, Graham S. Australian prisons: the key to closing the gap and ensuring HIV remains low in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. HIV in Australia magazine, April 2011 3. Baker S, Toland AA, Graham S. APEC/Thai Ministry of Labour, The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Businesses in APEC member Economies, August 2005 4. Graham. S, Panakitsuwan S, Pramualratana A. (2005) The Thailand Business Coalition on AIDS, Training of Trainers Tool Kit, China, Thailand and Cambodia (English, Chinese & Khmer), July 2005 5. Toland AA, Graham S, Panakitsuwan S. et al (2005) The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) HIV/AIDS manual for JBIC funded construction projects, July    


Education and training

  • PhD, University of New South Wales 2014
  • M.Appl.Epid, Australian National University 2008
  • BIS, Flinders University of South Australia 2000

Awards and honors

  • Australian Department of Education, 2019
  • Not in List, 2019
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2017
  • Australian-American Fulbright Commission, 2016
  • UNSW Dean of Medicine Dean List Award for a PhD student, University of New South Wales, 2014
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Emerging Researcher Award, Lowitja Institute, 2014


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Epidemiology 
    Public health
    Sexually transmissible infections
    Viral hepatitis
    Aboriginal health