Simon grew up and completed his medical training in Adelaide. He spent 10 years working as a rural GP in Barmera, where he also gave anaesthetics, helped care for major trauma patients and delivered babies. After this he spent 4 years working in England, where he helped set up a health service for refugees and asylum seekers. After returning to Adelaide, from 2004 until 2015 he blended a teaching and research role with the Adelaide Medical School with ongoing work as a GP. This has included time spent working with Aboriginal Australians and homeless people.
Since 2015 he has concentrated on clinical GP work, firstly at Salisbury Family Care and more latterly at McIntyre Medical Centre. Like most GPs, he has a wide range of professional interests. In particular, he has additional skills and experience in musculoskeletal medicine (sports medicine, osteoporosis, vitamin D), dermatology (including skin cancer) and the management of diabetes. Outside of medicine he enjoys spending time with his growing family, especially being a grandfather, cycling, walking, travel, and the occasional glass of red wine (for medicinal purposes only, of course!). He also volunteers for the anti-slavery charity International Justice Mission, and teaches a budgeting and financial management course designed by Christians Against Poverty.