Associate Professor Joshua Francis is a paediatric infectious diseases specialist at Royal Darwin Hospital and principal research fellow at Menzies School of Health Research. He leads programs in Timor-Leste and the Northern Territory focused on mentoring, training, health system strengthening and research. In Timor-Leste, Josh works closely with the Ministry of Health to contribute to national responses to infectious diseases challenges, including COVID-19, TB and rheumatic heart disease. In Australia, his clinical work in the Northern Territory also brings opportunities to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to find local solutions to health problems. He lives in Darwin with his wife Laura, and four children, Trudy, Gabriella, Zoe and Jack.