Friday, 23 February 2018

Prof Malcolm Sim, President-elect of AFOEM

Congratulations to Professor Malcolm Sim, new President-elect of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM). Malcolm's role as President-elect takes effect in May and he transitions to a further two-year tenure as President in 2020. This appointment is testament to his vast experience in occupational and environmental medicine.

AFOEM is a Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). As such, it is the peak body overseeing specialist training and representing the interests of occupational and environmental physicians in Australia and New Zealand.

Malcolm established and has directed the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH) for more than 10 years.  He has led his team in numerous research projects in occupational and environmental risk factors for chronic diseases, including many ‘high risk’ occupational cohorts and he is actively involved in several international collaborations.  His research is often in high profile areas with strong media interest.

Among his numerous accolades are his role as the Editor-in-Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a specialty journal of the BMJ, and membership of the Editorial Board of the Cochrane OSH Review Group. In 2017 Malcolm was elected as a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, an international scientific society of no more than 180 invited Fellows that focuses on action to prevent disease and promote health in the workplace.  He is also an elected Board member of the International Commission on Occupational Health, an international professional society whose aims are to foster scientific progress, knowledge and development of occupational health and safety, with a focus on low and middle income countries.

Occupational medicine takes a preventative approach to health and safety in the workplace by looking at how a work environment can affect a person’s health, and how a person’s health can affect their work.  Environmental medicine is primarily concerned with the human health impacts of industrial practices on the broader environment outside of the industrial site.

Malcolm has also had many advisory roles in occupational and environmental health.  He is a member of the Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Committee of Worksafe Victoria, was the lead of the review into Black lung among Queensland coal miners in 2016 and is a member of the Expert Panel established by the Federal Minister for Health in late 2017 to review the health effects of firefighter foams and other fluorinated substances.  

Malcolm will bring a wealth of experience to the AFOEM Presidency and we wish him well in this important role.