Professor Joseph Ibrahim is Head, Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and contributes to the research and teaching activities of the Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. Joseph is also an Adjunct Professor, Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, La Trobe University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Joseph has extensive clinical experience and continues an active role as a practising Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine and is the Clinical Director of the Subacute Services at the Ballarat Health Service. In 2002, Joseph started researching the role of medico-legal death investigations for improving workplace, patient and resident safety and continues with a several projects examining quality of clinical care, quality of aged care, promoting dignity of risk, patient safety and human factors, performance indicators and effects of extreme heat on health in older persons. Currently, Joseph and his team investigating injury prevention for residents living in aged care services. The doctoral candidates with his Unit are investigating preventable deaths from suicide and resident-to-resident aggression; deaths from choking and; barriers to implementing dignity of risk. He is the current editor of the Residential Aged Care Communiqué, the consultant editor for the Clinical Communiqué and a former regional editor for the International Journal for Quality in Health Care (2000-2004). Joseph continues to publish widely in international peer-reviewed journals and received media attention for research into premature deaths of nursing home residents and promoting risk taking for enhancing quality of life.