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Professor Johnstone is Academic Chair in Nursing and Associate Head of School (Research) in the School of Nursing. She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and also supervises higher degree students. Professor Johnstone is an active researcher and scholar in the field of nursing and health care ethics. Her work has focused on a range of issues including: clinical risk management and patient safety ethics, health and human rights, cross-cultural health care ethics, health care disaster ethics, public health emergency ethics, moral policy development and end-of-life decision-making, dementia care ethics, and professional conduct in health care domains. She has published numerous journal articles and commentaries, and is the author of several books, including the internationally acclaimed Bioethics: a nursing perspective (now in its 5th revised edition) and the ICN commissioned work Ethics in nursing practice: a guide to ethical decision making (co-authored with Sara T. Fry of the USA, 2008).
Unit Chair HNN714 (Ethical Dimensions of Nursing)
Unit Chair HNN706 (Patient Safety and Risk Management)
Guest Lecturer HNN120, HNN217, HNN320, HNN703
3 PhD students
Professor Johnstone’s research is primarily concerned with understanding and promoting ethical thinking, decision-making, practice and policy development in health care contexts. This research can be broken down into five key interrelated areas:
• Health and human rights
• Cross-cultural health care ethics
• Clinical risk management and patient safety ethics
• Health care disaster and public health emergency ethics
• Moral policy development and end-of-life decision-making
The research and scholarship has informed the development and operationalisation of national and international codes and standards of ethical conduct in nursing and related position statements.
Professor Johnstone is currently leading a research project investigating the use and misuse of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia in public policy debate on the legalisation of euthanasia/physician assisted suicide in Australia. Funded by Alzheimer’s’ Australia, it is anticipated that the findings of this study will enable the development of a framework for evaluating national and international statements on health and human rights and the extent to which these promote and protect the significant moral interests, welfare and wellbeing of people living with Alzheimer’s disease/dementia.
• 1998 Recipient of the Inaugural Mona Menzies Post Doctoral Research Award, Nurses Board of Victoria, to conduct post doctoral research into ethical issues associated with the mandatory reporting of child abuse.
• 1990 Recipient of Annie M. Sage Nursing Memorial Scholarship, Royal College of Nursing, Australia, to support PhD research program
• 1983 Awarded Prior Society Prize in Philosophy, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, for third year student demonstrating outstanding ability in the subject of philosophy.
Fellow, Royal College of Nursing Australia
Fellow, The College of Nursing (NSW)
Member, Australian Nursing Federation
Member, International Centre for Nursing Ethics
Member (Nurse Leader category), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Professor Johnstone is involved in a wide range of School, Faculty and University committees:
• School of Nursing Board
• School of Nursing Professoriate
• School Research and Graduate Studies (RAGS) Committee
• School Academic Progress Committee
• Quality and Risk Management (QRM) Research Cluster Committee
• Faculty Board
• Faculty Research Priority Area (RPA) Director of Clusters Committee
• Faculty Research and Graduate Studies (FRAGS) Committee
• Faculty Honours Committee
• University Academic Board
She also serves by invitation as:
• Member, Victorian Department of Human Services, Clinical Risk Management Reference Group, Melbourne
• Member, Governing Council of the International Centre for Nursing Ethics, Surrey, UK
• Member, Editorial boards of the following professional journals:
- International Nursing Review
- International Journal of Nursing Ethics
- Open Health Services and Policy Journal
- Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal
- Contemporary Nurse
• Nominated Consultant (Ethics and Human Rights) to the International Council of Nurses, Geneva.
• Bi-monthly columnist (Ethics Focus) for the Australian Nursing Journal.
Professor Johnstone reviews research applications for state and national funding bodies, including ARC.
Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), York, UK 2009. Accepted plenary paper presentation - The use and misuse of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia in public policy debate on euthanasia/physician assisted suicide: an Australian perspective
International Centre for Nursing Ethics, Surrey 2009. Invited keynote presentation – The Future of nursing ethics
International Congress on Innovations in Nursing, Perth 2009. Invited keynote presentation – Innovations in nursing ethics: the challenge of preparing practitioners to deal ethically with unpredictable futures
International Congress on Innovations in Nursing, Perth 2009. Invited keynote presentation - Hospitals, accountability and patient safety: some implications of changing skill mix and role differentiation
Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses, Adelaide, 2008. Invited keynote presentation - The health and moral imperatives of recognising justice as a basic human need: a nursing response.