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 program manager with the Ramaciotti Regional and Remote Health Sciences Training Centre (Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre), based at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, Northern Territory (NT). The Menzies-Ramaciotti Centre is developing a local and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sciences workforce in the NT.

Following the completion of a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Secondary Education and a Master of Human Rights in 2016 and 2019, Michael worked for the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, and the Tiwi Islands Regional Council in service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led programs. Michael is a non-Indigenous person.

Michael brings together his experience as a teacher, education designer, grants and policy officer, program manager - as well as a complex systems approach to address structural inequality in educational opportunities in Australia. In his current role, Michael takes an interdisciplinary approach to facilitating educational and career development opportunities with NT youth engaged in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

  1. Johnston M, Smith-Vaughan H, Bowman-Derrick S, Hopkins J, McCrory K, Collins R, Marsh R, Griffiths K, Mayo M. (2022) Building health workforce capacity in Northern Australia. Microbiology Australia, Available online: https://www.publish.csiro.au/ma/Fulltext/MA22031
  2. 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
  3. Griffiths K.E., Johnston M., Bowman-Derrick S. (2021) Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Readiness Assessment and Evaluation Toolkit, Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.