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Mr Steven Johnston

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Current Teaching

  • Paramedical science
  • Paramedical practice
  • Pathophysiology
  • Physical assessment and clinical skills
  • Postgraduate critical care paramedicine
  • Postgraduate Community paramedicine


  • August 2008-current: Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 2003-2008: State Ambulance Education, St John Ambulance WA (SJAWA)
  • 2001-2003: Senior Lecturer Paramedical Studies, College of pre Hospital Care (SJAWA)
  • 1994-2001: Paramedic, St John Ambulance WA (SJAWA)
  • 1983-1993: 
    Sgt Laboratory Scientist RAAF
    Managing a pathology laboratory as part of a provision of health services for the armed services
    Corporal medic: Medical and aeromedical evacuation
    Primary health care, emergency medical health care
  • 1979-1993:Medical assistant, RAA
    Provision of nursing and pre-hospital care for the armed services. Including delivery of First aid training to recruits, cadets and qualified staff
  • 1976-1979: Gym Instructor, Laurie Potters Health Studio
    Preparation, facilitation and delivery of training programs for clients

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian College of Ambulance professionals
  • Council of Ambulance Authorities Education Committee

Awards and Recognition


  • 2010/2011: Western Australian Cricket Association Junior Coach of The year
  • 2010/2011: Department of Sport and Recreation Community Cricket Coach of the Year
  • 2009: Certificate of Excellence in recognition of an industry Collaboration Grant

Research Areas and Interests

  • Paramedical practice
  • Primary health care
  • Clinical expertise pathways

Staff Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate, Victoria University .
  • Certificate IV, Other WA higher ed institution .
  • Advanced Certificate, Central Institute of Technology .
  • Associate Diploma of Applied Science, Charles Sturt University .


Recent Research Grants

  • Standards and Quality Indicators for Best Practice in Paramedic and Inter-Professional Experiential Practica,  Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations,  Novated ALTC Grant,  2011 - 2013,  $196,000.
  • PARAMED Home (Paramedic Assessment and Referral to Access MEDical care at home: a randomised trial,  Department of Health WA,  SHRAC Research Translation Projects,  2010 - 2012,  $145,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Arendts, G., Sim, M., Johnston, S., Brightwell, R., (2011), ParaMED Home: A protocol for a randomised controlled trial of paramedic assessment and referral to access medical care at home. BMC Emergency Medicine, 11(7), 1-4, DOI: 10.1186/1471-227X-11-7.
  • Johnston, S., Wilkes, G., Thompson, J., Ziman, M., Brightwell, R., (2010), Inhaled methoxyflurane and intranasal fentanyl for prehospital management of visceral pain in an Australian ambulance service. Emergency Medicine Journal, 28(1), 57-63, DOI: 10.1136/emj.2009.078717.
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