Joseph 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. Joseph has extensive clinical experience and continues an active role as a practising Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine.
Joseph has a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (1994), obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Epidemiology and Health Services Research (1999 Monash investigating the relationship between quality of care and performance indicators), Fellowship of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (2000) and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2001 Monash).
Professor Ibrahim is the lead author of the influential report “Recommendations for prevention of injury-related deaths in residential aged care services.” This was a culmination of five years research into residential aged care and resulted in 104 recommendations to improve care. This work has informed and been cited in the Australian Law Reform Commission into Elder Abuse, Carnell and Paterson Report and, the Commonwealth Senate Inquiry for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practiced. This report followed the first comprehensive national study of injury-related deaths among nursing home residents in the world.
The research led by Professor Ibrahim was the lead article, featured in the editorial and one of the Top 10 influential research studies in 2017 published in the Medical Journal of Australia. The research drew wide spread media attention reaching over 5.6 million people through: National public television ‘The 7.30 Report on the ABC’ and ‘The Project’ on Channel 10; national online and print media (The Conversation, The Age and The Herald Sun); and various national and regional radio programs.
Joseph is the inaugural and current editor of the Residential Aged Care Communiqué and the producer, narrator of the international award winning animated short film 'Dignity of Risk' to promote choice and improving quality of life for residents.