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Simone Lee

Lecturer in Rural Health

Room E011 , E Block

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Preventive Medicine (111716)
  • Epidemiology (111706)
  • Residential Client Care (111718)
  • Public Nutrition Intervention (111104)
  • Oncology and Carcinogenesis (111299)
  • Nutritional Physiology (111103)
  • Exercise Physiology (110602)
  • Clinical and Sports Nutrition (111101)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (111199)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
  • Medical and Health Sciences (119999)

Research Objectives

  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Cancer and Related Disorders (920102)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Nursing (920210)
  • Teacher and Instructor Development (930202)
  • Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) (920499)
  • Carer Health (920202)
  • Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) (920201)
  • Health (929999)
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing (920112)
  • Cardiovascular System and Diseases (920103)
  • Nutrition (920411)
  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes (920204)
  • Social Structure and Health (920413)
  • Preventive Medicine (920412)
  • Rural Health (920506)
  • Palliative Care (920211)
  • Health Inequalities (920206)

Publications

Total publications

36

Journal Article

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Obamiro K, West S, Lee S, 'Like, comment, tag, share: Facebook interactions in health research', International Journal of Medical Informatics, 137 Article 104097. ISSN 1386-5056 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2020.104097 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Obamiro K; West S

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2019Byrne L, Ogden K, Lee S, Ahuja K, Watson G, et al., 'Mixed-method evaluation of a community-wide physical activity program in Launceston, Australia', Health Promotion Journal of Australia ISSN 2201-1617 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/hpja.241 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Ogden K; Ahuja K; Watson G; Fell J

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2019Cross M, Lee S, Bridgman H, Thapa DK, Cleary M, et al., 'Benefits, barriers and enablers of mentoring female health academics: an integrative review', PloS one, 14, (4) Article e0215319. ISSN 1932-6203 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0215319 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Cross M; Bridgman H; Thapa DK; Cleary M; Kornhaber R

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2018Kent K, Charlton KE, Lee S, Mond J, Russell J, et al., 'Dietary flavonoid intake in older adults: how many days of dietary assessment are required and what is the impact of seasonality?', Nutrition Journal, 17 Article 7. ISSN 1475-2891 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12937-017-0309-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Kent K; Mond J

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2018Lee S, Miller A, 'Factors influencing participation in fecal occult blood testing to screen for colorectal cancer in Australia: a scoping review protocol', JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 16, (1) pp. 57-62. ISSN 2202-4433 (2018) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-003392 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Miller A

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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

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Lee S, 'Epilepsy Connect Evaluation Report 2018', University of Tasmania, Australia (2018) [Contract Report]

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2017Elmer SL, Nash R, Lee S, Jones RP, 'Review of the Communication and Health Literacy Action Plan', Public Health Services, DHHS, Tasmania, 1-39 (2017) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Elmer SL; Nash R; Jones RP

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

(19 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Lee S, 'Addressing rural health barriers', Launceston Examiner, Australia, 21 September 2018 (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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2018Lee S, 'Let's talk about bowel cancer', Interview with Paul McIntyre, ABC Radio Hobart, for Medical Matters program, 22 September 2018 (2018) [Media Interview]

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2018Lee S, Radford JC, 'Launceston researcher hopes to increase bowel cancer screening', Sunday Examiner, Launceston, Australia, 1 April 2018 (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Radford JC

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

7

Total funding

$204,134

Projects

Exercising Right for Bowel Cancer (2019)$9,694
Description
In individuals diagnosed with colorectal cancer undergoing adjunct treatments, this project aims to:1.establish the feasibility of delivering an individualised aerobic and strength exercise prescription and exercise counselling to inform the establishment and delivery of colorectal exercise classes at the University of Tasmania Exercise Physiology Clinic.2.determine the effectiveness of an individualised aerobic and strength exercise prescription and exercise counselling to enhance physical function and quality of life.
Funding
Cancer Council of Tasmania ($9,694)
Scheme
Grant-Small
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hardcastle SG; Lee SM; Williams AD
Year
2019
Bowel Cancer Awareness in Tasmania: a pilot study (2019)$10,000
Description
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in Australia after prostate cancer, and the second most common cause of cancer deaths after lung cancer. This is despite the fact that bowel cancer is one of the most preventable cancers through lifestyle risk factor modification and early detection. Levels of population knowledge and awareness around bowel cancer prevention, screening and symptoms is currently unknown. This study seeks to: determine bowel cancer knowledge and awareness in the overall Australian population; identify knowledge gaps in specific regions, and; identify determinants of poor bowel cancer knowledge.This will be achieved through a national survey using the validated Bowel Cancer Awareness Measures tool developed by the University College London and Cancer Research UK.Currently in Australia, there is limited research focusing on the awareness of risk factors, screening, and symptoms of bowel cancer. This study is the first to focus on gathering large population-level and spatial data across Australia concerning bowel cancer awareness. The findings from this research will be useful in identifying sub-groups of the population with insufficient awareness regarding bowel cancer risk factors, screening programme and warning signs, that will benefit from tailored educational intervention.
Funding
Cancer Council of Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Small
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Obamiro KO; Lee SM
Year
2019
Evaluation of the Palliative Care After hours Phone Support Service Tasmania (2018)$10,000
Description
The Department of Health (DoH) has contracted GP Assist to establish and trial a dedicated palliative care afterhours phone support service for palliative care clients and caregivers across North and north west Tasmania. The aim of this project is to provide a locally tailored service for Tasmanian palliative care clients with the aim of preventing unnecessary presentations to ED, avoidable hospitalisations and utilisation of ambulance services. Currently there exists no comprehensive or clear data or information regarding demand or the most appropriate service model to provide afterhours supports for palliative care clients and their carers. The proposed 10 month trial provides an opportunity to test and evaluate a service model, including gathering data about service need to inform future service planning. This formative evaluation will identify quality improvement suggestions within the context of the key performance indicators (Effectiveness, Access, Appropriateness, Quality, Efficiency) for the Palliative Care After hours Phone Support Service
Funding
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bridgman H; Mallick S; Marsh P; Namasivayam P; Lee SM; Barnett Tony
Year
2018
Using electronic clinical prompts in General Practice to increase bowel cancer screening participation in Tasmania: A pilot study (2018)$22,860
Description
Tasmania has the highest age-standardised incidence rate of bowel cancer in Australia with 74 cases seen per 100,000 persons. Tasmania is also on par with the Northern Territory as having the highest age-standardised mortality rate for bowel cancer at 19 deaths per 100,000 persons. These figures highlight bowel cancer as s significant public health issue in Tasmania.When bowel cancer is detected and treated early, the 5-year survival rate is as high as 93%. In Tasmania, less than half (44%) of the 65,379 eligible Tasmanians invited to take part in the 2014-2015 National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) chose to participate.Research Shows that general practitioner (GP) endorsement is a key predictor for bowel cancer screening uptake.The primary aim of this study is to determine whether a clinical prompt, based on NBCSP and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners guidelines, delivered to GPs at point-of-care, can increase bowel cancer screening participation in first-time receivers of the NBCSP kit.
Funding
Cancer Council of Tasmania ($22,860)
Scheme
Grant-Small
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lee SM; Barnett Tony; Mond JM; Kent K; Radford JC; Versace V; Ward Gail; Forsyth A
Year
2018
Factors associated with bowel cancer survival in Tasmania: A data linkage study (2018)$9,868
Funding
University of Tasmania ($9,868)
Scheme
Grant - DKD Research Theme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lee SM; Radford JC; Versace V; Obamiro KO
Year
2018
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 RP
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