Simone Ormsby


Evaluation of the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for antenatal and postnatal depression

Simone is investigating whether acupuncture treatment of mild to moderately depressed primagravida will result in a reduction in the severity and duration of symptoms when compared to a usual care group.  In addition, post-partum follow up will assess whether the treatment strategy was also successful in preventing postnatal depression.  Results will be assessed qualitatively via questionnaires and quantitatively via the monitoring of both blood oxytocin levels as well as  expression analysis of the Oxytocin Receptor gene.

Simone is running a Clinical Trial at Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals. Find more information about this on our Clinical Trials  (opens in a new window) page.


Prof. Caroline Smith


 Prof. Phillipa Hay; Prof. Hannah Dahlen; Dr. Joanne Lind


About Simone

Simone completed her Honours degree in Molecular Biology in 1989 and spent several years working in academic posts both here and in the UK.  In 1996 she became fascinated by Acupuncture and enrolled in a college course in Reading.  After 6 months she had decided it was her new future direction and returned to Australia to complete a degree at U.T.S. (1998 - 2001).  Simone was awarded a "Dean's Merit Award" in her first and second years and in her final year she was awarded the "Cathay Herbal" prize for the highest WAM in TCM  and the "Helio" prize for highest marks in clinic.  After graduating Simone has been in continuous practice both in Sydney and Northern NSW.  After 12 years she decided she was again ready for a new challenge and hoped to combine her knowledge from both of her degrees.  To that aim Simone was successful in obtaining an APA award and has enrolled in a higher degree at WSU.


Ormsby SM, Smith Caroline A, Dahlen HG, Hay PJ, Lind JM. Evaluation of an antenatal acupuncture intervention as an adjunct therapy for antenatal depression (AcuAnteDep): study protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Trials. 2016;17(93):1-14. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-016-1204-9.