“My PhD equipped me with high-level theoretical knowledge, critical thinking abilities, research and writing skills,” says Associate Professor Johnson. “It enabled me the freedom to focus my work on areas I was passionate about making a difference in.”
Associate Professor Johnson was President of Kidsafe SA for 15 years, on the National Council of Kidsafe Australia for ten years, and held a 12-month scholarship position with the charity to develop a strategy to link Kidsafe SA with rural and remote communities. During this time she contributed to the collaborative movement in child injury prevention in Australia, which led to a 60% reduction in child deaths caused by unintentional and preventable injuries.
After many years at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Associate Professor Johnson became Manager of the National Resource Centre in Consumer Participation, then Associate Professor of Public Health at Flinders University. In 2008 she created a consultancy business, which she ran until retiring in late 2016.
“I feel proud to be a graduate of Flinders University,” says Associate Professor Johnson. “It is a progressive university and as such attracts progressive critical thinkers who want to equip themselves to make a positive difference in the world.”
Associate Professor Anne Johnson was awarded a 2018 Flinders University Distinguished Alumni Award for her significant contribution to community health, through leadership, advocacy and collaboration in health promotion and child safety projects, particularly Kidsafe SA.