Associate Professor Leanne Johnston

Associate Professor

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
l.johnston1@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52791

Overview

A/Prof Leanne Johnston leads a research program that focusses on achieving high value paediatric health care for children and families. Her research priorities have been consumer driven and drawn from consultation with children and their families. In each research project, she leads her team to apply an interprofessional and child-centred framework to unpack the real-world challenges reported by consumers and service providers. By harnessing diverse knowledge and skills through a research team approach, she has redesigned service provision models and developed a wide range of novel assessments and treatments which have been translated into practice. She works regularly with a wide network of clinicians, educators, researchers and technology pioneers across health and disability sectors. This strategy has enabled her to resolve complex challenges experienced by children with a wide range of conditions. Recently, her research has focused on addressing issues faced by some of our most disadvantaged children, including those living in rural/ remote areas. Her aim is to improve healthcare quality and to reduce healthcare inequity for children in Queensland and internationally.

A/Prof Johnston holds key senior service roles:

  • Head of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland
  • Vice President, Council of Physiotherapy Deans of Australia and New Zealand (CPDANZ)

Research

  • Founding Lead, Children's Motor Control Research Collaboration (CMCRC)
  • Editorial Board Member - Journal of Physiotherapy (Chair, Clinimetrics Portfolio)
  • Founding Advisory Board Member, Queensland Cerebral Palsy Register
  • Board Member, Childrens' Health Research Alliance (CHRA) representing Children's Health Queensland
  • Member (& Past Chair), AusACPDM (Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine) - Scientific Education Committee
  • Member (International), AACPDM (American Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine) - Scientific Education Committee
  • Member (& Past Chair), Paediatric Research Engagement Theme, UQ School of Health & Rehabilitation Science

Teaching

  • Lead, UQ Paediatric Physiotherapy Education and Research
  • Coordinator, UQ Interprofessional Health Sciences Advanced Research
  • Coordinator, UQ Physiotherapy Clinical Education Program
  • Founding Lead PaedsTEACH - Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Physiotherapy Educators Forum

Research Interests

  • High value paediatric health care
    A/Prof Johnston performs and supervises inter-professional research that aims to improve access to high quality health care and reduce health care inequality for children and their families.
  • Promoting participation and quality of life for children with movement disorders
    A/Prof Johnston is a Physiotherapist with a special interest in working with infants, children and young people who have disorders or difficulties with neuro-sensory-motor function. To improve their participation and quality of life, she works closely with children, their families, and professionals to improve access to high quality assessment, effective interventions and better systems of care across health, disability and community sectors.
  • Valid and reliable assessment practices in paediatric healthcare
    A/Prof Johnston has an extensive track record in the co-design of assessments and clinical decision-making tools that facilitate the consumer voice and improve quality and safety of health care provision for infants, children and young people.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Available Projects

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.