Dr Amy Johnston

Honorary Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Dr Amy Johnston currently holds a conjoint senior research fellow/senior lecturer position between University of QLD and Metro South Hospital & Health Service, Department of Emergency Medicine (based at Princess Alexandra hospital) and senior lectureship in School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. For the past 4 years she worked across the academic and healthcare environments to conduct her own research as well as supporting clinicians to develop the skills and confidence to participate in, and conduct research projects relevant to their clinical work. Amy is a neurobiologist and nurse with extensive teaching and research experience and a particular interest in Emergency Department service delivery and patient flow. Her wide experience has helped her develop a broadening national and international profile. She has co-authored in excess of 90 (96) publications, 143 abstracts, between awarded approximately $0.8million in grant funding, and supported 3 PhD candidates to completion with another 5 currently working towards their PhD qualifications. Her H-index is 23 (Scopus). Field weighted citation impact 2016-2019 = 1.62 (SciVal March 2020), with 16.7% of publications in the top 10% most cited worldwide, 28.6% of publications in the top 10% of journals and 21.4% demonstrating international collaboration.

Researcher ID B-2931-2010; ORCID 0000-0002-9979-997X

Research Interests

  • Clinical Biosciences
    Nursing is a continually evolving profession that requires practitioners that have both hands-on skills and an underpinning, knowledge-based questioning approach that ensures that they are always able to provide patients with the best possible care. Thus, as a nursing academic it is my shared responsibility to support nursing students to develop the capacity to continually seek current evidence, integrate that evidence into their practice and then reflect on and evaluate their practice. A nurse who can communicate clearly and effectively with a client, undertake a thorough patient assessment, critically clinically reason, synthesis evidence and then implement individualised common sense solutions for consumers that is based on their personal needs and on sound foundational knowledge and research evidence is the ideal outcome of any program I help deliver.
  • Emergency Care
    My developing research profile is eclectic, but currently centred around patient safety, in all its aspects, in emergency care, particularly from a nursing and multidisciplinary perspective. I am involved in number of research projects including projects linking various pre-hospital and hospital data sources to better understand the patient journey and outcomes, that evaluate Service Delivery (Patient Flow) models that include the Emergency Department such as specialist staff roles (ambulance offload nurse) and combinations of staff roles and units (early assessment and streaming system). I am also central to multi-site projects evaluating hospital avoidance strategies linked to mass gathering events such as ‘schoolies’ and ‘marathon’ leading forward into care delivery for Commonwealth games. I am PI on a project examining workforce factors that impact on ED staff at a state, and International level, with sites as far as Sweden. My most recent projects include exploring recognition and response to sepsis by registered nurses in emergency departments. I am contributing to projects exploring Occupational violence with EDs and documentation of domestic violence in EDs.


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Audit and Cont Edu, The Open University, UK
  • Bachelor of Science, University of New England
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Griffith University
  • Master of Education, Open
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New England


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Book Chapter

  • Johnston, A. N. B. and Barton, M. (2019). Alterations of neurological function across the lifespan. Understanding pathophysiology. (pp. 171-190) edited by J. Craft, C. Gordon and A. Tiziani. Sydney: Mosby Elsevier.

  • Johnston, A. N. B. and Thompson, S. (2019). Concepts of neurological dysfunction. Understanding pathophysiology. (pp. 150-170) edited by J. Craft, C. Gordon and A. Tiziani. Sydney: Mosby Elsevier.

  • Johnston, A. N. B (2019). The structure and function of the neurological system. Understanding pathophysiology. (pp. 100-125) edited by J. Craft and C. Gordon. Sydney: Mosby Elsevier.

  • Kunst, Elicia, Wadham, Jasmine, Peddle, Monica, Thompson, Susanne, Elder, Elizabeth, Brown, Ann-Marie and Johnston, Amy (2018). Health emergencies. Acute Care Nursing. (pp. 236-259) edited by Julia Gilbert and Elisabeth Coyne. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

  • Kunst, E., Wadham, J., Thompson, S., Peddle, M., Elder, E., Brown, A-M. and Johnston, A. N. B. (2018). Management of Health Emergencies. Acute Nursing Care. (pp. 190-220) edited by Gilbert, J. and Coyne, E.. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

  • Johnston, A. N. B. (2015). Nose, Mouth and Throat. Physical Examination and Health Assessment. (pp. 1-1) edited by Carolyn Jarvis. St Louis MO United States: Elsevier.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor