Dr Joan Faoagali Award

Applications for 2022

The winner of the 2022 Dr Joan Faoagali is Magdalena Di Giacomo who has received a Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course scholarship. Read our interview with Magdalena here 

Dr Joan Faoagali Award

Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course Scholarship

The Dr Joan Faoagali Award recognises the significant and valuable contribution Joan made to infection prevention and control professionals and especially to members of ACIPC. The Dr Joan Faoagali Award allows an infection prevention and control practitioner to engage in ongoing learning through participation in the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course. One scholarship is awarded to a member of the College each year.

Award Rules

  • The Award is open to individual financial members of the College
  • The Award is open to members working in an IPC role for at least 12 months
  • The Award is only open to members who are self-funded students
  • The Award is not open to students whose workplace is paying the FIPC course fee
  • Applications open from 1 March to 30 March each year
  • All applications are self-nominated to be completed by the applicant
  • The successful applicant will be enrolled in a course starting in the given year
  • Applications are reviewed by the Education Committee
  • The decision of the Education Committee is final

Application Process

  • The application form can be downloaded above
  • The applications includes a brief statement (maximum 500 words) describing the importance to you of completing the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course
  • A current brief curriculum vitae highlighting your infection prevention and control involvement

About Dr Joan Faoagali

Dr Joan Faoagali made a significant contribution to the education of members of the College over many years with her involvement in both State and National Infection Prevention and Control activities. Joan showed great resilience, tremendous vision, and was a true leader inspiring all those whose lives she touched – working towards achieving something greater than themselves.

Joan’s passion and influence was key to the development of the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course. Joan, whilst battling her cancer made time to write and develop modules for the initial ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.

Joan was well known in the Australian infection prevention and control community. Joan 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. After initially qualifying in Microbiology in Dunedin, Joan was Director of Microbiology at Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand 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. She will be remembered as a warm generous leader and mentor of students and senior colleagues alike.