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Megan-Jane Johnstone

Professor of Nursing, Deakin University

Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone is one of Australia’s foremost nursing scholars, renowned internationally for her scholarly research in the areas of nursing and health care ethics. The primary focus of her work has been on: on patients’ rights, cross-cultural ethics, patient safety ethics, professional conduct, and end-of-life ethics with a specific focus on end-of-life decision-making in an aging society. She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and commentaries on health care ethics, and is the author of several books, including the internationally acclaimed: Bioethics a nursing perspective (Elsevier Science, first published in 1989 and currently being prepared as a 6th revised edition). Megan-Jane writes a bi-monthly column on nursing ethics for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal and is also the author of a new book released worldwide: Alzheimer’s disease, media representations and the politics of euthanasia: constructing risk and selling death in an aging society ( Her current projects include: leading a NBVLL funded project investigating ‘Nursing roles and strategies in end-of-life decision making involving older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds admitted to Victorian hospitals for end-of-life care’; and preparing a three volume Sage Major (reference) work on Nursing and Healthcare Ethics (due 2015).


  • 2008–present
    Professor of Nursing, Deakin University
  • 2009–2014
    Director, Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research, Deakin University


  • 1993 
    La Trobe University, PhD
  • 1986 
    Monash University, Masters Preliminary (Philosophy)
  • 1985 
    Waikato University, BA (Majoring in Philosophy)
  • 1977 
    Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, Certificate of General and Obstetrics Nursing


  • 2014
  • 2013
    Alzheimer’s disease, media representations and the politics of euthanasia: constructing risk and selling death in an aging society. , Ashgate (UK)
  • 2009
    Bioethics: A Nursing Perspective, 5th revised edition. (previous edn: 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004) , Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier Australia, Sydney
  • 2008
    Ethics in nursing practice: a guide to ethical decision making, 3ed (previous edn: 2002; co-authored ST Fry), Blackwell Science
  • 2004
    Effective writing for health professionals: a practical guide to getting published , Routledge London/New York; first published by Allen & Unwin, Sydney
  • 1996
    The politics of euthanasia: a nursing response (Edited work), RCNA
  • 1994
    Nursing and the Injustices of the Law, WB Saunders/Harcourt Brace Sydney.