Michael Johnston

Senior research officer


Master of Human Rights, University of Sydney, 2019; Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences), University of Sydney, 2016; Bachelor of Arts (History), University of Sydney, 2016




Michael is a senior research officer and project manager at the Ramaciotti Regional and Remote Health Sciences Training Centre (Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre) based in Darwin, Northern Territory. The Centre facilitates biomedical and health sciences career progression for regional and remote youth, with a focus on career development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

He also works for the Centre for Big Data Research in Health, University of New South Wales, applying network analysis to explore issues of quality and the utilisation of health and wellbeing data. Michael previously worked on the Tiwi Islands as a grants and policy officer for the Tiwi Islands Regional Council. Prior to that, he worked for the National Centre for Cultural Competence, University of Sydney.

In 2016, Michael completed a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at the University of Sydney. In 2019, he completed a Master of Human Rights at the University of Sydney with a dissertation on the integration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content in the Australian National Curriculum K-10. Michael is a non-Indigenous person.

  1. Johnston M. (2020) Locating Human Rights in the Cultural Competence Context. In Frawley J., Russell G., Sherwood J. (Eds.), Cultural Competence and the Higher Education Sector. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-5362-2_4