Anne Buist

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Anne Elizabeth Buist
Born Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Other names Simone Sinna (pen name)
Citizenship Australian

M.B.B.S., Monash University,
M Med, University of Melbourne,

MD, University of Melbourne
Alma mater

University of Melbourne,
Monash University,

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Known for Perinatal psychiatry, Women’s mental health, Antidepressants in breastmilk
Spouse(s) Graeme Simsion (1989 - present)
Children 2
Scientific career
Fields Women's mental and sexual health

Anne Buist is an Australian researcher and practicing psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health, in particular postpartum psychiatric illnesses. She is also a novelist, author of the Natalie King crime fiction series, and co-author, with her husband Graeme Simsion, of the novel Two Steps Forward.


Buist has an M.B.B.S. from Monash University in 1981 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1989.[1] She has an MMed from the University of Melbourne for research into infants exposed to antidepressants in breastmilk in 1992, and an MD from the University of Melbourne in 1999 for her study of the long-term effects of childhood abuse.[2]


From 1993 to 1997, Buist was Director of Psychiatry at the Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne. She was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne in 1997 and Professor - Director of Women’s Mental Health in 2006.[citation needed] Buist has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and is a past president of the Australasian Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health. [3] She was director of the Beyondblue postnatal depression program from 2001 to 2005. [4]


Buist wrote ten novels and novellas of erotic fiction (published by Siren Bookstrand) under the pseudonym Simone Sinna, an anagram of her married name, Anne Simsion.[5] She published her first mainstream crime novel, Medea’s Curse, in 2015 and a sequel Dangerous to Know in 2016. A third in the series, This I Would Kill For is due to be published in January, 2018.[citation needed] The novels feature protagonist Natalie King, a forensic psychiatrist with bipolar disorder. Medea’s Curse was shortlisted for the Davitt Awards (Best Adult Novel and Best Debut Crime categories).[6] Two Steps Forward, a novel co-authored with her husband Graeme Simsion, was published in 2017[7]

Medea’s Curse has been optioned by Causeway Films and Two Steps Forward by Fox Searchlight with Ellen DeGeneres to produce.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Buist has been married to novelist Graeme Simsion since 1989 and they have two children. In 2011, she and Simsion walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela/ Chemin de St Jacques from central France. The journey inspired their joint novel Two Steps Forward. [9]


  1. ^ "University of Melbourne Find an Expert". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  2. ^ "The Conversation: Anne Buist". The Conversation Media Group Ltd. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Austin Health Staff Profiles". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Beyondblue Research projects". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Literary double act: Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Text Publishing: Anne Buist". Text Publishing. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Text Publishing: Two Steps Forward". Text Publishing. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  8. ^ "'Two Steps Forward' Optioned By Fox Searchlight For A Very Good Production". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  9. ^ "Husband and wife writers Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist on their new rosy project". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-10-12.