Vale Joan Faoagali

Posted by on 11 January 2017 | Comments

Joan Faoagali was well known in the Australian Microbiology community, after initially qualifying in Dunedin and then moving to Australia, serving as Director of Microbiology at Christchurch Hospital in NZ and then the Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals in Queensland. She held multiple adjunct academic appointments, including Griffith University, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, and was RCPA Queensland State Councillor and later RCPA Chief Examiner in Microbiology.

She was particularly interested in the education of clinicians, the prudent use of antibiotics, infection control and the intelligent use of pathology services. Joan was a passionate teacher and service development advocate in both high-level referral centres in Australia and New Zealand and in developing countries including our pacific neighbours.

She will be remembered as a warm generous leader and mentor of students and senior colleagues alike.