Associate Professor Kelly Johnstone

Associate Professor

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science
+61 7 334 67816


Associate Professor Kelly Johnstone is a certified occupational hygienist (COH) and occupational health and safety (OHS) generalist with a focus on the protection of worker health. She is the Director of the Master of Occupational Hygiene in the School of the Environment, Faculty of Science, UQ. Kelly has experience in various industries, including education, the energy and resource sectors, construction, transport, and agriculture. She plays an active role in the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS) and the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH). Kelly is currently Chair of the Rural Industry Sector Standing Committee for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Kelly's research interests focus on occupational health hazards including evaluating worker exposures to pesticides, respirable crystalline silica dust, and other hazardous chemicals. She has previously worked on applied and academic projects in indoor air quality, exposure to waste anaesthetic gases, thermal risk assessment, dust characterisation, and a range of OHS management-related projects.


  • Master of Science (Occupational Hygiene Practice), The University of Wollongong
  • Doctor of Philosopy, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Honours), Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology


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Book Chapter

  • Johnstone, Kelly, Adam, Keith, Capra, Mike and Crawford, Joanne (2021). The Human as Biological System. The Core Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals. (pp. 1-34) Tullamarine, VIC, Australia: Australian Institute of Health and Safety.

  • Johnstone, Kelly and Adam, Keith (2012). The Human: As a Biological System. The core body of knowledge for generalist OHS professionals. (pp. 1-28) edited by Mike Capra. Tullamarine, VIC: Safety Institute of Australia (SIA).

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision