Frances has been a member of the Public Health Association of Australia since 2000. Her involvement in the communicable diseases field dates back to 1988. Frances spent two years as a specialist nurse at the Queen’s Memorial Infectious Diseases Hospital (Fairfield, Victoria) and 10 years as an Infection Control Consultant in both specialist and general hospital settings in Victoria and Queensland. Frances has post graduate degrees in public health (University of Queensland, graduating in 1999) and applied epidemiology (Australian National University, graduating in 2002). She has worked as a communicable disease epidemiologist for the last 10 years and currently focuses on seasonal and pandemic influenza and communicable disease surveillance methods. She was a visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology School of Public Health for two years and has been a guest lecturer in communicable disease control, outbreak management and surveillance methods at the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health since 2011.