Professor David Simmons

Professor David Simmons

Professor of Medicine,
School of Medicine

Biography

Qualifications

  • DMED University of Cambridge (UK)
  • MA University of Cambridge (UK)
  • MBBS University of London
  • BA University of Cambridge (UK)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Medicine

Contact

Email: Da.Simmons@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4620 3306
Mobile:
Location: 30.2.29
Campbelltown
Website:

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Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Simmons, D. (2014), 'Pharmacological treatment of gestational diabetes', Gestational Diabetes: Origins, Complications, and Treatment, CRC Press 9781439879962.
  • Rush, E. and Simmons, D. (2014), 'Physical activity in children : prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes', Diabetes and Physical Activity, Karger 9783318025767.
  • Simmons, D. (2010), 'Epidemiologic context of diabetes in pregnancy', A Practical Manual of Diabetes in Pregnancy, Wiley-Blackwell 9781405179041.
  • Worsley, D. and Simmons, D. (2010), 'Diabetic retinopathy and public health', Automated Image Detection of Retinal Pathology, CRC Press 9780849375569.
  • Simmons, D. and Oats, J. (2008), 'Diabetes and pregnancy in New Zealand', Textbook of Diabetes and Pregnancy, Informa Healthcare 9780415426206.

Journal Articles

  • Harding, J., Sooriyakumaran, M., Anstey, K., Adams, R., Balkau, B., Brennan-Olsen, S., Briffa, T., Davis, T., Simmons, D. and [and sixteen others], .. (2016), 'Hypertension, antihypertensive treatment and cancer incidence and mortality : a pooled collaborative analysis of 12 Australian and New Zealand cohorts', Journal of Hypertension, vol 34, no 1 , pp 149 - 155.
  • Ghorani, E., Evans, M. and Simmons, D. (2016), 'HHS in type 1 diabetes associated with medication overdose : can counter-regulatory hormone suppression prevent diabetic ketoacidosis?', Practical Diabetes, vol 33, no 2 , pp 54 - 56.
  • Meek, C., Murphy, H. and Simmons, D. (2016), 'Random plasma glucose in early pregnancy is a better predictor of gestational diabetes diagnosis than maternal obesity', Diabetologia, vol 59, no 3 , pp 445 - 452.
  • Yu, D., Chen, T., Qin, R., Cai, Y., Jiang, Z., Zhao, Z. and Simmons, D. (2016), '[In Press] Association between lung capacity and abnormal glucose metabolism : findings from China and Australia', Clinical Endocrinology, .
  • Yu, D., Zhao, Z. and Simmons, D. (2016), 'Interaction between mean arterial pressure and HbA1c in prediction of cardiovascular disease hospitalisation : a population-based case-control study', Journal of Diabetes Research, vol 2016 .
  • Simmons, D. (2015), 'Excess deaths in women with type 1 diabetes : time to act', The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, vol 3, no 3 , pp 164 - 165.
  • Kowitt, S., Urlaub, D., Guzman-Corrales, L., Mayer, M., Ballesteros, J., Graffy, J., Simmons, D., Cummings, D. and Fisher, E. (2015), 'Emotional support for diabetes management : an international cross-cultural study', Diabetes Educator, vol 41, no 3 , pp 291 - 300.
  • Simmons, D., Deakin, T., Walsh, N., Turner, B., Lawrence, S., Priest, L., George, S., Vanterpool, G., McArdle, J., Rylance, A., Terry, G. and Little, P. (2015), 'Competency frameworks in diabetes', Diabetic Medicine, vol 32, no 5 , pp 576 - 584.
  • Simmons, D., Prevost, A., Bunn, C., Holman, D., Parker, R., Cohn, S., Donald, S., Paddison, C., Ward, C., Robins, P. and Graffy, J. (2015), 'Impact of community based peer support in type 2 diabetes : a cluster randomised controlled trial of individual and/or group approaches', PLoS One, vol 10, no 3 .
  • Simmons, D. (2015), 'Safety considerations with pharmacological treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus', Drug Safety, vol 38, no 1 , pp 65 - 78.
  • Simmons, D. (2015), 'Prevention of gestational diabetes mellitus : where are we now?', Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, vol 17, no 9 , pp 824 - 834.
  • Yu, D. and Simmons, D. (2015), 'Association between pulse pressure and risk of hospital admissions for cardiovascular events among people with type 2 diabetes : a population-based case-control study', Diabetic Medicine, vol 32, no 9 , pp 1201 - 1206.
  • Harding, J., Shaw, J., Anstey, K., Adams, R., Balkau, B., Brennan-Olsen, S., Briffa, T., Davis, T., Davis, W., Simmons, D. and [and sixteen others], .. (2015), 'Comparison of anthropometric measures as predictors of cancer incidence : a pooled collaborative analysis of 11 Australian cohorts', International Journal of Cancer, vol 137, no 7 , pp 1699 - 1708.
  • Meek, C., Lewis, H., Patient, C., Murphy, H. and Simmons, D. (2015), 'Diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus : falling through the net', Diabetologia, vol 58, no 9 , pp 2003 - 2012.
  • Simmons, D., Hartnell, S., Watts, J., Ward, C., Davenport, K., Gunn, E. and Jenaway, A. (2015), 'Effectiveness of a multidisciplinary team approach to the prevention of readmission for acute glycaemic events', Diabetic Medicine, vol 32, no 10 , pp 1361 - 1367.
  • Deshpande, S., Jenaway, A. and Simmons, D. (2015), 'Managing factitious disorder and type 1 diabetes', Practical Diabetes, vol 32, no 6 , pp 207 - 211.
  • Fisher, E., Ayala, G., Ibarra, L., Cherrington, A., Elder, J., Tang, T., Heisler, M., Safford, M. and Simmons, D. (2015), 'Contributions of peer support to health, health care, and prevention : papers from Peers for Progress', Annals of Family Medicine, vol 13, no Suppl. 1 , pp 2 - 8.
  • Simmons, D., Bunn, C., Nakwagala, F., Safford, M., Ayala, G., Riddell, M., Graffy, J. and Fisher, E. (2015), 'Challenges in the ethical review of peer support interventions', Annals of Family Medicine, vol 13, no Suppl. 1 , pp 79 - 86.
  • Williams, M., Rush, E., Crook, N. and Simmons, D. (2015), 'Perceptions of Te Rongoa Kakariki : green prescription health service among Maori in the Waikato and Ngati Tuwharetoa rohe', Mai Journal, vol 4, no 2 , pp 118 - 133.
  • Harding, J., Sooriyakumaran, M., Anstey, K., Adams, R., Balkau, B., Briffa, T., Davis, T., Davis, W., Simmons, D. and [and twelve others], .. (2015), 'The metabolic syndrome and cancer : is the metabolic syndrome useful for predicting cancer risk above and beyond its individual components?', Diabetes and Metabolism, vol 41, no 6 , pp 463 - 469.
  • De Wit, L., Jelsma, J., Poppel, M., Bogaerts, A., Simmons, D., Desoye, G., Corcoy, R., Kautzky-Willer, A., Harreiter, J. and [and seventeen others], .. (2015), 'Physical activity, depressed mood and pregnancy worries in European obese pregnant women : results from the DALI study', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Simmons, D., Jelsma, J., Galjaard, S., Devlieger, R., Assche, A., Jans, G., Corcoy, R., Adelantado, J., Dunne, F. and [and sixteen others], .. (2015), 'Results from a European multicenter randomized trial of physical activity and/or healthy eating to reduce the risk of gestational Diabetes Mellitus : the DALI Lifestyle Pilot', Diabetes Care, vol 38, no 9 , pp 1650 - 1656.
  • Simmons, D., Yu, D., Bunn, C., Cohn, S., Wenzel, H. and Prevost, A. (2015), 'Hospitalisation among patients with diabetes associated with a Diabetes Integrated Care Initiative : a mixed methods case study', Future Hospital Journal, vol 2, no 2 , pp 92 - 98.
  • Simmons, D. and Hlaing, T. (2014), 'Interpretation of HbA1c : association with mean cell volume and haemoglobin concentration', Diabetic Medicine, vol 31, no 11 , pp 1387 - 1392.
  • Yu, D. and Simmons, D. (2014), 'Association between blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular hospital admissions among people with type 2 diabetes', Heart, vol 100, no 18 , pp 1444 - 1449.
  • Church, D. and Simmons, D. (2014), 'More evidence of the problems of using HbA1c for diagnosing diabetes? : the known knowns, the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns', Journal of Internal Medicine, vol 276, no 2 , pp 171 - 173.
  • Yu, D. and Simmons, D. (2014), 'Association between lung capacity measurements and abnormal glucose metabolism : findings from the Crossroads study', Diabetic Medicine, vol 31, no 5 , pp 595 - 599.
  • Simmons, D., Yu, D. and Wenzel, H. (2014), 'Changes in hospital admissions and inpatient tariff associated with a Diabetes Integrated Care Initiative : preliminary findings', Journal of Diabetes, vol 6, no 1 , pp 81 - 89.
  • Colagiuri, S., Falavigna, M., Agarwal, M., Boulvain, M., Coetzee, E., Hod, M., Meltzer, S., Metzger, B., Omori, Y., Rasa, I., Schmidt, M., Seshiah, V., Simmons, D., Sobngwi, E., Torloni, M. and Yang, H. (2014), 'Strategies for implementing the WHO diagnostic criteria and classification of hyperglycaemia first detected in pregnancy', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol 103, no 3 , pp 364 - 372.
  • Rush, E., McLennan, S., Obolonkin, V., Vandal, A., Hamlin, M., Simmons, D. and Graham, D. (2014), 'Project energize : whole-region primary school nutrition and physical activity programme; evaluation of body size and fitness 5 years after the randomised controlled trial', British Journal of Nutrition, vol 111, no 2 , pp 363 - 371.
  • Simmons, D., Bunn, C., Cohn, S. and Graffy, J. (2013), 'What is the idea behind peer-to-peer support in diabetes?', Diabetes Management, vol 3, no 1 , pp 61 - 70.
  • Simmons, D. and Moses, R. (2013), 'Gestational diabetes mellitus : to screen or not to screen? : is this really still a question?', Diabetes Care, vol 36, no 10 , pp 2877 - 2878.
  • Simmons, D. (2013), 'Peer support : time to tap the (largely) untapped', European Diabetes Nursing, vol 10, no 3 , pp 98 - 103.
  • Findlay, H., Hallett, K., Sivakumar, A. and Simmons, D. (2013), 'Which patients with type 2 diabetes attend secondary care clinics?', Practical Diabetes, vol 30, no 5 , pp 190 - 193.
  • Harwood, E., Bunn, C., Caton, S. and Simmons, D. (2013), 'Addressing barriers to diabetes care and self-care in general practice : a new framework for practice nurses', Journal of Diabetes Nursing, vol 17, no 5 , pp 186 - 191.
  • Yu, D. and Simmons, D. (2013), 'Relationship between HbA1c and risk of all-cause hospital admissions among people with Type 2 diabetes', Diabetic Medicine, vol 30, no 12 , pp 1407 - 1411.
  • Jelsma, J., Poppel, M., Galjaard, S., Desoye, G., Corcoy, R., Devlieger, R., Assche, A., Timmerman, D., Jans, G., Harreiter, J., Kautzky-Willer, A., Damm, P., Mathiesen, E., Jensen, D., Andersen, L., Dunne, F., Lapolla, A., Di Cianni, G., Bertolotto, A. and Simmons, D. (2013), 'DALI : Vitamin D and lifestyle intervention for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) prevention : an European multicentre, randomised trial - study protocol', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 13 .
  • Parker, V. and Simmons, D. (2013), 'Diabetes information technology in UK diabetes secondary care : a snapshot', British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease, vol 13, no 3 , pp 150 - 154.
  • Simmons, D., Cohn, S., Bunn, C., Birch, K., Donald, S., Paddison, C., Ward, C., Robins, P., Prevost, A. and Graffy, J. (2013), 'Testing a peer support intervention for people with type 2 diabetes : a pilot for a randomised controlled trial', BMC Family Practice, vol 14 .
  • Rush, E., Reed, P., Simmons, D., Coppinger, T., McLennan, S. and Graham, D. (2013), 'Baseline measures for a school-based obesity control programme : Project Energize : differences by ethnicity, rurality, age and school socio-economic status', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol 49, no 4 , pp 324 - 331.
  • Rush, E., Reed, P., McLennan, S., Coppinger, T., Simmons, D. and Graham, D. (2012), 'Tracking of body mass indices over 2 years in Maori and European children', European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol 66 , pp 143 - 149.
  • Vellinga, A., Zawiejska, A., Harreiter, J., Buckley, B., Di Cianni, G., Lapolla, A., Corcoy, R., Simmons, D., Adelantado, J., Damm, P., Desoye, G., Devlieger, R., Hill, D., Kautzky-Willer, A., Klemetti, M., Mathiesen, E., Rebollo, P., Snoek, F., Tikkanen, M. and Timmerman, D. (2012), 'Associations of Body Mass Index (maternal BMI) and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus with neonatal and maternal pregnancy outcomes in a multicentre European database (diabetes and pregnancy vitamin D and lifestyle intervention for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus prevention)', ISRN Obesity, vol 2012 .
  • Kenealy, T., Orr-Walker, B., Cutfield, R., Robinson, E., Buetow, S. and Simmons, D. (2012), 'Does a diabetes annual review make a difference?', Diabetic Medicine, vol 29, no 8 , pp 217 - 222.
  • Buckley, B., Harreiter, J., Damm, P., Corcoy, R., Chico, A., Simmons, D., Vellinga, A. and Dunne, F. (2012), 'Gestational diabetes mellitus in Europe : prevalence, current screening practice and barriers to screening : a review', Diabetic Medicine, vol 29, no 7 , pp 844 - 854.
  • Akhter, K., Dockray, S. and Simmons, D. (2012), 'Exploring factors influencing non-attendance at the diabetes clinic and service improvement strategies from patients' perspectives', Practical Diabetes, vol 29, no 3 , pp 113 - 116.
  • Murphy, H., Elleri, D., Allen, J., Simmons, D., Nodale, M. and Hovorka, R. (2012), 'Plasma C-peptide concentration in women with type 1 diabetes during early and late pregnancy', Diabetic Medicine, vol 29, no 10 , pp 361 - 364.
  • Murphy, H., Elleri, D., Allen, J., Harris, J., Simmons, D., Rayman, G., Temple, R., Umpleby, M., Dunger, D., Haidar, A., Nodale, M., Wilinska, M. and Hovorka, R. (2012), 'Pathophysiology of postprandial hyperglycaemia in women with type 1 diabetes during pregnancy', Diabetologia, vol 55, no 2 , pp 282 - 293.
  • Rush, E., Reed, P., McLennan, S., Coppinger, T., Simmons, D. and Graham, D. (2012), 'A school-based obesity control programme : Project Energize: two-year outcomes', British Journal of Nutrition, vol 107, no 4 , pp 581 - 587.
  • Church, D., Halsall, D., Meek, C., Parker, R., Murphy, H. and Simmons, D. (2011), 'Random blood glucose measurement at antenatal booking to screen for overt diabetes in pregnancy : a retrospective study', Diabetes Care, vol 34, no 10 , pp 2217 - 2219.
  • Simmons, D. (2011), 'Diabetes and obesity in pregnancy', Best Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol 25, no 1 , pp 25 - 36.
  • Simmons, D., English, P., Robins, P., Craig, A. and Addicott, R. (2011), 'Should diabetes be commissioned through multidisciplinary networks, rather than practice based commissioning?', Primary Care Diabetes, vol 5, no 1 , pp 39 - 44.
  • Piatt, G., Songer, T., Brooks, M., Anderson, R., Simmons, D., Orchard, T., Siminerio, L., Korytkowski, M. and Zgibor, J. (2011), 'Impact of patient level factors on the improvement of the ABCs of diabetes', Patient Education and Counseling, vol 82, no 2 , pp 266 - 270.
  • Walsh, N., George, S., Priest, L., Deakin, T., Vanterpool, G., Karet, B. and Simmons, D. (2011), 'The current status of diabetes professional educational standards and competencies in the UK : a Position Statement from the Diabetes UK Healthcare Professional Education Competency Framework Task and Finish Group', Diabetic Medicine, vol 28, no 12 , pp 1501 - 1507.
  • Simmons, D. and Wenzel, H. (2011), 'Diabetes inpatients : a case of lose, lose, lose: is it time to use a 'diabetes-attributable hospitalization cost' to assess the impact of diabetes?', Diabetic Medicine, vol 28, no 9 , pp 1123 - 1130.
  • Murphy, H., Elleri, D., Allen, J., Harris, J., Simmons, D., Rayman, G., Temple, R., Dunger, D., Haidar, A., Nodale, M., Wilinska, M. and Hovorka, R. (2011), 'Closed-loop insulin delivery during pregnancy complicated by type 1 diabetes', Diabetes Care, vol 34, no 2 , pp 406 - 411.
  • Rush, E., Hsi, E., Ferguson, L., Williams, M. and Simmons, D. (2010), 'Traditional foods reported by a Maori community in 2004', MAI Review, vol 2 .
  • Simmons, D., Joshi, S. and Shaw, J. (2010), 'Hypomagnesaemia is associated with diabetes : not pre-diabetes, obesity or the metabolic syndrome', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol 87, no 2 , pp 261 - 266.
  • Joshy, G., Colonne, C., Dunn, P., Simmons, D. and Lawrenson, R. (2010), 'Ethnic disparities in causes of death among diabetes patients in the Waikato region of New Zealand', New Zealand Medical Journal, vol 123, no 1310 , pp 19 - 29.
  • Simmons, D. (2010), 'Metformin treatment for type 2 diabetes in pregnancy?', Best Practice and Research: Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, vol 24, no 4 , pp 625 - 634.
  • Murphy, H., Roland, J., Skinner, T., Simmons, D., Gurnell, E., Morrish, N., Soo, S., Kelly, S., Lim, B., Randall, J., Thompsett, S. and Temple, R. (2010), 'Effectiveness of a regional prepregnancy care program in women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes : benefits beyond glycemic control', Diabetes Care, vol 33, no 12 , pp 2514 - 2520.
  • Simmons, D., Voyle, J., Rush, E. and Dear, M. (2010), 'The New Zealand experience in peer support interventions among people with diabetes', Family Practice, vol 27, no Suppl. 1 , pp 53 - 61.
  • Simmons, D. and International Association of Diabetes and Pregnanc, .. (2010), 'International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups recommendations on the diagnosis and classification of hyperglycemia in pregnancy', Diabetes Care, vol 33, no 3 , pp 676 - 682.
  • Rush, E., Crook, N. and Simmons, D. (2010), 'Relationships between a walk test, body size and metabolic risk among a New Zealand Maori community', Annals of Human Biology, vol 37, no 1 , pp 117 - 127.
  • Murphy, H., Temple, R., Ball, V., Roland, J., Steel, S., Zill-E-Huma, R., Simmons, D., Royce, L. and Skinner, T. (2010), 'Personal experiences of women with diabetes who do not attend pre-pregnancy care', Diabetic Medicine, vol 27, no 1 , pp 92 - 100.
  • Simmons, D. (2010), 'Increased red cell count in diabetes and pre-diabetes', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol 90, no 3 , pp 50 - 53.
  • Wang, J., Williams, M., Rush, E., Crook, N., Forouhi, N. and Simmons, D. (2010), 'Mapping the availability and accessibility of healthy food in rural and urban New Zealand : Te Wai o Rona : Diabetes Prevention Strategy', Public Health Nutrition, vol 13, no 7 , pp 1049 - 1055.
  • Lillis, S., Swan, J., Haar, J. and Simmons, D. (2008), 'Concordance and discordance between primary and secondary care health workers in perceptions of barriers to diabetes care', New Zealand Medical Journal, vol 121, no 1270 , pp 45 - 52.
  • Lim, S., Chellumuthi, C., Crook, N., Rush, E. and Simmons, D. (2008), 'Low prevalence of retinopathy, but high prevalence of nephropathy among Maori with newly diagnosed diabetes : Te Wai o Rona : Diabetes Prevention Strategy', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol 80, no 2 , pp 271 - 274.
  • Devers, M., Campbell, S., Shaw, J., Zimmet, P. and Simmons, D. (2008), 'Should liver function tests be included in definitions of metabolic syndrome? : evidence from the association between liver function tests, components of metabolic syndrome and prevalent cardiovascular disease', Diabetic Medicine, vol 25, no 5 , pp 523 - 529.
  • Kenealy, T., Kyle, C. and Simmons, D. (2008), 'Personal impact of type 2 diabetes decreased over 5 years : implications for motivating patients', Primary Care Diabetes, vol 2, no 1 , pp 17 - 23.
  • Simmons, D., Rush, E. and Crook, N. (2008), 'Development and piloting of a community health worker-based intervention for the prevention of diabetes among New Zealand Maori in Te Wai o Rona : Diabetes Prevention Strategy', Public Health Nutrition, vol 11, no 12 , pp 1318 - 1325.
  • Joshy, G., Lawrenson, R. and Simmons, D. (2008), 'Retention of patients in the Get Checked free annual diabetes review programme in New Zealand', New Zealand Medical Journal, vol 121, no 1270 , pp 35 - 44.
  • Rush, E., Crook, N. and Simmons, D. (2008), 'Point-of-care testing as a tool for screening for diabetes and pre-diabetes', Diabetic Medicine, vol 25, no 9 , pp 1070 - 1075.
  • Simmons, D. (2008), 'Characteristics and blood pressure management in patients with and without diabetes in primary care in rural Victoria', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol 81, no 1 , pp 19 - 24.
  • Graham, D., Appleton, S., Rush, E., McLennan, S., Reed, P. and Simmons, D. (2008), 'Increasing activity and improving nutrition through a schools-based programme : Project Energize. 1. Design, programme, randomisation and evaluation methodology', Public Health Nutrition, vol 11, no 10 , pp 1076 - 1084.

Other Publications

  • 2014, 'Approaches to Diabetes Health Professional Education in England: A Report from the Diabetes UK Healthcare Professional', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Diagnostic Criteria and Classification of Hyperglycaemia First Detected in Pregnancy', Research Report

Research

Current Projects

Title: Longitudinal study of health, disease and access to care in rural Victoria: the Crossroads follow up study [via Uni of Melb]
Years: 2015-12-01 - 2018-11-30
ID: P00023197
Western Researchers: David Simmons
Funding:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Title: The Treatment Of BOoking Gestational diabetes Mellitus Study: The TOBOGM study
Years: 2016-01-01 - 2018-12-31
ID: P00022700
Western Researchers: David Simmons and Federico Girosi
Funding:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)

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