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 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 Indigenous data with a focus on data governance.

He previously worked on the Tiwi Islands as a Grants and Policy Officer for the Tiwi Islands Regional Council. Prior to moving to the Tiwi Islands, he worked at the National Centre for Cultural Competence, facilitating cultural competence workshops and supporting the development of an online course titled ‘Cultural Competence: Aboriginal Sydney’.

In 2019, Michael completed a Master of Human Rights at the University of Sydney with a dissertation on the intersection of Indigenous sovereignty and the Australian education system. In 2016, Michael completed a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at the University of Sydney.

  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