A/Prof. Joanne Travaglia

Director of Health Management


Dr Joanne Travaglia is a health sociologist with 30 years of experience as a practitioner, manager, researcher and educator in the field of healthcare. Her research addresses various aspects of health services management and leadership, with a particular focus on the impact of patient and clinician vulnerability and diversity on the safety and quality of care. Drawing on critical theory perspectives from sociology and philosophy, she has or is currently working on a range of projects including: population level risks of error for vulnerable groups; critical perspectives on leadership and management in healthcare; the social construction of clinical guidelines; the social, organisational and professional factors influencing the implementation of safety and quality improvement strategies; approaches to, and the engagement of, consumers in healthcare; the influence and effects of patient safety inquiries; knowledge management and construction in the health services; clinical implications of differences in professional epistemologies; and the role and impact of epistemic injustices on patients and staff.