Dr Joshua Francis

Honorary clinical fellow

Qualifications:

MBBS, University of Queensland, 2006; FRACP, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2013; Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Science), Queensland University of Technology, 2002

Location:

Darwin – Royal Darwin Hospital

Biography:

Dr Joshua Francis is a paediatric infectious diseases specialist from Darwin in the Northern Territory. His work is largely focused on Indigenous and global child health, with involvement across the Top End and in Timor-Leste. Josh has established strong links between health services in Timor-Leste and the Northern Territory for the provision of clinical services, training opportunities for Timorese and Australian clinicians, and collaboration in clinical research with a focus on rheumatic heart disease, tuberculosis and clinical microbiology.

  1. Ostrowski JA, MacLaren G, Alexander J, Stewart P, Gune S, Francis JR, Ganu S, Festa M, Erickson SJ, Straney L, Schlapbach LJ. (2017) The burden of invasive infections in critically ill Indigenous children in Australia. Med J Aust. Feb; 206(2):78-84. 

  2. Francis JR, Richmond P, Robins C, Lindsay K, Levy A, Effler PV, Borland M, Blyth CC. (2016) An observational study of febrile seizures: the importance of viral infection and immunization. BMC Pediatr. Dec; 16(1):202. 

  3. Asgari S, McLaren PJ, Peake J, Wong M, Wong R, Bartha I, Francis JR, Abarca K, Gelderman KA, Agyeman P, Aebi C, Berger C, Fellay J, Schlapbach L. (2016) Exome sequencing reveals primary immunodeficiencies in children with community-acquired Pseudomonas aeruginosa sepsis. Front Immunol. Sep; 7:357. 

  4. Francis JR, Robson J, Wong D, Walsh M, Astori I, Gill D, Nourse C. (2016) Chronic recurrent multifocal Q fever osteomyelitis in children: an emerging clinical challenge. Pediatr Infect Dis J. Sep; 35(9):972-6. 

  5. McMullan B, Andresen D, Blyth CC, Avent ML, Bowen A, Britton PN, Clark JE, Cooper CM, Curtis N, Goeman E, Hazelton B, Haeusler GM, Khatami A, Newcombe J, Osowicki J, Palasanthiran P, Starr M, Lai T, Nourse C, Francis JR, Isaacs D, Bryant PA. (2016) Antibiotic duration and timing of the switch from intravenous to oral route for bacterial infections in children: systematic review and guidelines. Lancet Infect Dis. Aug; 16(8):e139-52. 

  6. Nourse CB, Robson, Whitby MR, Francis JR. (2016) First report of Entamoeba histolytica infection from Timor-Leste – acute amoebic colitis and concurrent late development of amoebic liver abscess in returned travellers to Australia. J Travel Med. Feb; 23(2):603-4. 

  7. Hall C, Sukijthamapan P, Santos R, Nourse C, Murphy D, Gibbons M, Francis JR. (2015) Challenges to delivery of isoniazid preventive therapy in a cohort of children exposed to tuberculosis in Timor-Leste. Trop Med Int Health. Jun; 20(6):730-6. 

  8. Osowicki J, Gwee A, Noronha J, Palasanthiran P, McMullan B, Isaacs D, Lai T, Nourse C, Avent M, Moriarty P, Clark J, Francis JR, Blyth CC, Cooper C, Bryant PA. (2014) Australia-wide point prevalence survey on the use and appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing for children in hospital. Med J Aust. Dec; 201(11):657-62. 

  9. Francis JR, Blyth CC, Colby S, Fagan J, Waring J. (2014) Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Western Australia. Med J Aust. Apr; 200(6):328-32. 

  10. Francis JR, Nourse C, Vaska VL, Calvert S, Northill JA, McCall B, Mattke AC. (2014) Australian Bat Lyssavirus in a child: the first reported case. Pediatrics. Apr; 133(4):e1063-7. 

  1. A political impasse in Timor-Leste as coronavirus looms

    A political impasse in Timor-Leste as coronavirus looms

    Date

    Despite the political impasse, preparations for their COVID-19 response by the interim government and President have been systematic and reassuring.

  2. Rapid regional assistance for Pandemic Preparedness and Response Planning

    Rapid regional assistance for Pandemic Preparedness and Response Planning

    Date

    The Australian Government is working closely with partners to support a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Pacific.

  3. Australia helps Timor-Leste to prepare for COVID-19

    Australia helps Timor-Leste to prepare for COVID-19

    Date

    Australia is supporting Timor-Leste to be prepared in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19.

  4. Coronavirus assistance to Pacific and Timor-Leste

    Coronavirus assistance to Pacific and Timor-Leste

    Date

    Coronavirus [COVID-19] is now affecting 75 countries, with the total number of cases over 90,000 and the global death toll at more than 3000.

  5. Partnership provides vital service to Maningrida

    Partnership provides vital service to Maningrida

    Date

    The provision of Orange Sky Australia free laundry facilities comes about following a study by Menzies School of Health Research.

  6. Rheumatic heart disease discussed at national conference

    Rheumatic heart disease discussed at national conference

    Date

    Menzies School of Health Research senior research fellow Josh Francis said there was positive news when it came to RHD “in the sense that there’s a really good plan coming together”.

  7. How we can end TB by 2030

    How we can end TB by 2030

    Date

    A regional research collaboration with the Menzies School of Health Research has been highly productive in building capacity in PNG and Indonesia,.

  8. Fleming Fund Country Grant in Timor-Leste announced!

    Fleming Fund Country Grant in Timor-Leste announced!

    Date

    Menzies has been awarded a Fleming Fund Country Grant to support testing and surveillance for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Timor-Leste.

  9. Fleming Fund helps Menzies battle drug resistance in Timor-Leste

    Fleming Fund helps Menzies battle drug resistance in Timor-Leste

    Date

    Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has been awarded a Fleming Fund country grant to support testing and surveillance for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Timor-Leste.

  10. NT News | Research honoured

    NT News | Research honoured

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    Report on Menzies researcher Josh Francis receiving the AMA research paper of the year award.

  11. CDU Enews | Menzies staffer wins national award for RHD research

    CDU Enews | Menzies staffer wins national award for RHD research

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    Dr Josh Francis, a researcher from the Menzies School of Health Research, has been recognised by his national peers for his work on rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Timor-Leste.

  12. Wire | RHD SCREENING CONTINUES

    Wire | RHD SCREENING CONTINUES

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    Health professionals and Maningrida stakeholders have come together to continue screenings of rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

  13. Wire | RHD SCREENING CONTINUES

    Wire | RHD SCREENING CONTINUES

    Date

    Health professionals and Maningrida stakeholders have come together to continue screenings of rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

  14. Arnhem Land children suffer world's highest known rates of rheumatic heart disease

    Arnhem Land children suffer world's highest known rates of rheumatic heart disease

    Date

    In a remote Indigenous community of 3,000 people, researchers have discovered the highest known rates of rheumatic heart disease in the world, where children as young as four have died from the entirely preventable condition.

  15. Australian support for eliminating malaria and health research in the Indo-Pacific

    Australian support for eliminating malaria and health research in the Indo-Pacific

    Date

    Australia is playing a leading role in supporting malaria elimination efforts, particularly in the Indo-Pacific. The Government's Stronger Systems for Health Security program is supporting practical, relevant research into fundamental health security challenges.

  16. Timorese Government prepares plan to prevent and combat rheumatic heart disease

    Timorese Government prepares plan to prevent and combat rheumatic heart disease

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    The Timorese Ministry of Health is designing a prevention and diagnosis plan, part of the Family Health program, to combat rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, the ministry's minister announced today.

  17. DN Lusa - Timor-Leste Pedriño Study

    DN Lusa - Timor-Leste Pedriño Study

    Date

    An Australian study has shown that Timor-Leste has one of the highest rates of rheumatic heart disease in the world, with most cases being diagnosed, until children and young people develop serious problems.

  18. Saving Lives of remote children | NT News

    Saving Lives of remote children | NT News

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    Darwin researchers have uncovered alarming rates of rheumatic heart disease in East Timorese children.

  19. Cardiologists identify alarming levels of rheumatic heart disease in Timor-Leste

    Cardiologists identify alarming levels of rheumatic heart disease in Timor-Leste

    Date

    Research by Australian cardiologists has found the rates of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Timor-Leste are among the highest in the world. The landmark study was published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

  20. Rheumatic heart disease program in East Timor 'saving lives' with 'simple' penicillin injections

    Rheumatic heart disease program in East Timor 'saving lives' with 'simple' penicillin injections

    Date

    Australian doctors are working with East Timorese health workers to screen and treat children and young people with the illness, using methods similar to those used in Australia.