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Simone Lee

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Simone Lee

Simone Lee

Lecturer in Rural Health

Room E011, E Block, Newnham Campus

03 6324 4025 (phone)

Simone.Lee@utas.edu.au

Simone is a lecturer at the Centre for Rural Health and has a background in public health, nutrition/dietetics, chronic disease risk factors and prevention, and health literacy.

Simone has worked extensively in the not-for-profit health sector in both South Australia and Tasmania, with expertise in the areas of cancer prevention, asthma management, workplace health and wellbeing, and epilepsy management. She has recently joined the University of Tasmania as an academic in Rural Health, and her current research interests include bowel cancer screening participation, and access to health services and support for people living with or affected by epilepsy.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis title

University

Country

Date of award

PhD

Plasma triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and cigarette smoking: coronary heart disease risk factors and their relationship with postprandial lipids

Flinders University of South Australia

Australia

2005

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

n/a

Flinders University of South Australia

Australia

1992

Bachelor of Science

n/a

Flinders University of South Australia

Australia

1990

Languages (other than English)

German

Biography

Simone completed a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Flinders University of South Australia in 1992 and went on to complete her PhD in medicine in 2005. Her passion for health equity lead to an 18-year career in public heath, working for the not-for-profit sector in both South Australia and Tasmania. Most recently, Simone has combined her background in public health with her research expertise to develop relevant and timely projects in the area of rural health.

Research Themes

Simone’s work aligns with the University’s research theme of Better Health. Current projects include: the role of telephone-based peer support in reducing the mental health burden of epilepsy in Tasmania; factors that influence bowel cancer screening uptake in rural Tasmania; the role of commercially available kits in bowel cancer screening in Australia; and, uptake of epilepsy telehealth in rural Tasmania.

Administrative expertise

Simone has administrative expertise in the areas of project planning, management and evaluation

Teaching

Chronic disease, Cancer Prevention, Health Promotion, Public Health, Asthma Management, Epilepsy, Bowel Cancer Screening, Lifestyle Riskfactors

Teaching expertise

Simone has teaching expertise in the following areas:

Public Health

Asthma Management

Chronic disease risk factors

Chronic disease prevention

Teaching responsibility

Simone is currently in a research intensive position but contributes to Nursing and Health Science teaching when required.

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Expertise

Bowel cancer screening

Population health surveys

Qualitative analysis

Quantitative analysis

Survey design

Chronic disease risk factors

Chronic disease prevention

Collaboration

Collaboration with Clinical Genomics and Rotary Australia: Evaluation of the 2016 Rotary Bowelscan Program

Collaboration with Epilepsy Tasmania: Epilepsy Connect: a telephone-based peer support service for Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy.

Collaboration with Associate Professor Wendyl D’Souza, Neurologist, The University of Melbourne: Evaluation of epilepsy telehealth in North West Tasmania.

Current projects

Evaluation of the 2016 Rotary Bowelscan Program

Epilepsy Connect: a telephone-based peer support service for Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy

Evaluation of epilepsy telehealth in North West Tasmania

Factors influencing bowel cancer screening uptake in Rural Tasmania.

Fields of Research

  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
  • Preventive Medicine (111716)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Epidemiology (111706)
  • Public Nutrition Intervention (111104)
  • Residential Client Care (111718)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Nutritional Physiology (111103)

Research Objectives

  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Cancer and Related Disorders (920102)
  • Nursing (920210)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Nutrition (920411)
  • Cardiovascular System and Diseases (920103)
  • Social Structure and Health (920413)
  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes (920204)
  • Health Inequalities (920206)
  • Rural Health (920506)

Publications

Total publications

26

Book

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2005Pratt S, Lee SM, Stringfellow E, Chapman K, 'Cancer : reduce your risk : speaker's kit : eating and moving to prevent cancer', Cancer Council Australia, Australia ISBN 1876628316 (2005) [Authored Other Book]

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1997Burghardt S, Nay R, Pearson A, 'Let's do lunch! : enjoying mealtimes in nursing homes', University of Adelaide, Dept. of Clinical Nursing, Australia (1997) [Authored Other Book]

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1997Pearson A, Nay R, Burghardt S, 'Mealtimes in nursing homes : implications for resident satisfaction. Research Monograph Series, no.1', Dept. of Clinical Nursing, University of Adelaide, Australia ISBN 0863964354 (1997) [Authored Research Book]

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Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Lee SM, Groot W, 'Epilepsy Connect: establishing a telephone-based peer support service for Tasmanians', Proceedings of the 14th National Rural Health Conference ISSN 1445-3363 (2017) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2016Lee SM, Bridgman H, Barnett T, Elphinstone KS, 'A telephone-based peer support service for Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy', Inglis Clark Symposium: Engaging with Impact, 21 April, 2016, Launceston, Tasmania (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bridgman H; Barnett T; Elphinstone KS

2002Lee SM, 'Nutrition and cancer prevention: working together to promote healthy eating', Nutrition and lifestyle: opportunities for cancer prevention. IARC Scientific Publications No. 156 ISBN 9283221567 (2002) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2002Lee SM, Slevin T, 'Nutrition and cancer prevention in Australia: a national collaboration to promote the evidence', Nutrition and Lifestyle: Opportunities for Cancer Prevention. IARC Scientific Publications No. 156, pp. 71-72. ISBN 9283221567 (2002) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Lee SM, Byrne LK, 'Royal Flying Doctors Service - Right as Rain Community Health Survey Report', University of Tasmania and Active Tasmania, Australia (2016) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Byrne LK

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2003Lee SM, 'Plasma triglyceride, high density lipoprotein cholesterol and cigarette smoking : coronary heart disease risk factors and their relationship with postprandial lipids' (2003) [PhD]

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Entry

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2007Lee SM, 'Definition of 'fast foods'', Fast Foods and Obesity Inquiry. Twenty-fifth report of the Social Development Committee, Australia, pp. 16 (2007) [Entry]

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Other Public Output

(16 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Lee SM, 'National Bowel Cancer Screening Program - Tasmanian participation rates', ABC Northern Tasmania, Launceston, Drive, Ross Marsden, 24 May 2017 (2017) [Media Interview]

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2017Lee SM, Cooper M, 'Have you ever received a bowel cancer screening kit?', The Advocate, Tasmania (2017) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Ahuja KDK, Lee SM, 'Active Launceston Initiative Final Research Report', Enterprise Marketing Research Services, Australia, pp. 1-91. (2016) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Co-authors: Ahuja KDK

2016Lee SM, 'Help is just a call away', Hobart Mercury, Hobart, General News, Hobart, Australia, 14 Sep, 2016, p. 4. (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Lee SM, 'Tasmanian initiative Epilepsy Connect is world's first phone-based epilepsy peer support service', Tasmanian Times, Tasmania, Australia, 13 Sep, 2016 (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Lee SM, 'Epilepsy support line to connect remote Tasmanian patients to help', ABC News, online, Sep 13. 2016 (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Lee SM, 'New service the missing link for epilepsy sufferers', Eastern Shore Sun, Hobart, Australia, Oct 17, 2016 (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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2016Lee SM, 'Epilepsy Connect', Centre for Rural Health Bulletin, University of Tasmania, Australia, p. 8. (2016) [Internal Newsletter]

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2016Lee SM, 'Epilepsy Connect: free telephone peer support for Tasmanians affected by epilepsy', Intouch: Newsletter of the Public Health Association of Australia Inc., December 2016 (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2016Lee SM, Groot W, 'Epilepsy Connect Launch', WIN Hobart, Hobart, Australia, 13 Sep, 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

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2015Byrne LK, Lee SM, Fox H, 'Active Tasmania Annual Report 2015', University of Tasmania and Active Tasmania, Australia (2015) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Byrne LK; Fox H

2015Lee SM, 'Epilepsy Connect', WIN Television, Hobart, Sep 19, 2015 (2015) [Media Interview]

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2015Lee SM, 'Epilepsy help on the line', Sunday Tasmanian, Hobart, Australia, 20 Sept, 2015, p. 12. (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Lee SM, 'Epilepsy aid to be offered', Sunday Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, 20 Sept, 2015, p. 8. (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Lee SM, 'Epilepsy Connect Supporting people with epilepsy in rural Tasmania', Centre for Rural Health Bulletin, University of Tasmania, December, 2015 (2015) [Internal Newsletter]

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2015Lee SM, 'Colorectal Cancer: A review of incidence, mortality and population screening in Tasmania', Centre for Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Australia, pp. 1-16. (2015) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Grants & Funding

In 2015, in partnership with Epilepsy Tasmania, Simone received a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund for just over $80,000 to develop and evaluate a telephone-based peer support service for Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$141,712

Projects

Review of the Communication and Health Literacy Action Plan (CHL) (2017)$24,042
Description
This evaluation of the CHL seeks to understand and document its influence, utility, reach, relevance and future focus. The key foci for the evaluation are health literacy awareness; workforce development; organisational development; and partnerships.
Funding
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($24,042)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Elmer SL; Lee SM; Nash RE; Jones Rachael
Year
2017
Epilepsy Connect (2015 - 2016)$117,670
Description
This project will develop and pilot a telephone-based peer support program for Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy, including family members, partners and carers. The program will be based on the well-established Cancer Council Australia model known as Cancer Connect. The University of Tasmania will develop and implement the project and an evaluation plan to determine the programs effectiveness as well as consumer and volunteer satisfaction.
Funding
Tasmanian Community Fund ($58,835)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Epilepsy Tasmania
Research Team
Baker P; Lee SM; Bridgman H; Barnett Tony; Elphinstone K
Period
2015 - 2016

Research Supervision

One or two paragraphs describing your supervisions history. This is also good place to indicate if you are looking for any HDR candidates (include things such as what qualifications or experience you are looking for and what projects are available).

Simone supervises Masters and PhD students on a variety of topics related to rural health and public health more broadly.

Completed

1

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDThe Relationship Between Health Literacy, Social Support and the Self-Management of Health in Community Dwelling Rural Older Adults: A pilot study
Candidate: Thi Phuong Thao Doan
2017