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Malcolm Sim is an Occupational Physician and epidemiologist who leads a team of about 25 research and teaching staff in the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH). His main research interests include the risks of chronic diseases from occupational and environmental exposures, occupational disease surveillance, veterans' health, cohort studies of working populations and exposure assessment. Malcolm is the Principal Investigator for a NHMRC Public Health Capacity Building Grant aiming to build capacity in workplace public health and a NHMRC-EU grant investigating mobile phone exposure and brain tumours in young people (Mobi-kids study). He is a co-investigator on several other NHMRC and ARC grants and other national and international collaborative studies. His research group was awarded the Victorian Public Health Research Excellence Award in 2005.

Malcolm is the Editor-in-Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a specialty journal of the BMJ, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Cochrane OSH Review Group, based at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. He is also an elected Board member of the International Commission on Occupational Health and Chair of its Occupational Medicine Scientific Committee. He is a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare. Malcolm is the course coordinator for the Masters degree in Occupational and Environmental Health at Monash and was awarded a Medal for Outstanding Service by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2003. He has Adjunct appointments at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand and was the Australian Lead in a collaborative project with the National Institute for Occupational Health and Poison Control in China to improve occupational disease surveillance in that country. In recognition of his extensive national and international activities, Malcolm was awarded the Dean's Award for Excellence in External Engagement in 2013.

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Projects 2000 2019

Research Output 1997 2018

A Prospective Cohort Study of the Impact of Return-to-Work Coordinators in Getting Injured Workers Back on the Job

Lane, T. J., Lilley, R., Hogg-Johnson, S., LaMontagne, A. D., Sim, M. R. & Smith, P. M., 2018, In : Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 28, 2, p. 298-306 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Efficacy of low-dose amitriptyline for chronic low back pain: A randomized clinical trial

Urquhart, D. M., Wluka, A. E., van Tulder, M., Heritier, S. R., Forbes, A. B., Fong, C. M. K., Wang, Y., Sim, M. R., Gibson, S. J., Arnold, C. A. & Cicuttini, F. M., Apr 2018, p. S416-S416. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther

The Association Between Time Taken to Report, Lodge, and Start Wage Replacement and Return-to-Work Outcomes

Cocker, F., Sim, M. R., Kelsall, H. & Smith, P., 1 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 60, 7, p. 622-630 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The impact of sustained hot weather on risk of acute work-related injury in Melbourne, Australia

McInnes, J. A., MacFarlane, E. M., Sim, M. R. & Smith, P., Feb 2018, In : International Journal of Biometeorology. 62, 2, p. 153-163 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review