Dr James Thompson

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Sturt West (W257)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

James holds full academic status as a senior lecturer within the college of medicine and public health at Flinders, where he continues to actively contribute to teaching and learning. 

James took up a new role in 2023 at the University of Adelaide, within the School of Allied Health Science and Practice.

James has previously held teaching leadership roles in nursing, paramedicine, medicine and clinical education. His innovative approaches to teaching and learning have previously been recognised through a range of awards and he was the first recognised Advance HE Senior Fellow within the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders.

James is an experienced frontline clinician who has served in extended care paramedic and emergency nurse practitioner roles, and he has ammassed extensive knolwledge and skills through practice within a range of care settings and specialities both in Australia and the United Kingdom.

James has been a leading early contributor to the university education of paramedics in Australia, and he continues to serve the discipline as an AHPRA program assessor, a journal reviewer, and active paramedicine researcher.

James has broad reseach interests and is eligible to supervise Hons, Masters and PhD students. He welcomes any health or education research or supervsion enquires.



Senior Fellow Advance HE 2021

PhD 2020

Graduate Certificate Education (Higher Education) - Flinders University 2014

Bachelor Health Science Honours- Flinders University 2011

Advanced Life Support - Australian Resuscitation Council 2011

Graduate Certificate Developing Autonomous Practice (Nurse Practitioner) - University of Hertfordshire 2003

Diploma Applied Science - Ambulance Studies - SA Ambulance Service

Bachelor of Nursing - University of South Australia 1992

Honours, awards and grants

2017 Edith Cowan University Prize. Best Paper on an Authentic Learning Environment. 2017 HERDSA Annual Conference. Sydney. "A bridge to being a practitioner: The role of pedagogical practice-in-context knowledge in the design, delivery and experience of a capstone subject. Houston, D., & Thompson, J.

2014 Executive Dean's Award Teaching Excellence

2013 Honours Poster Award 2nd Place "Exploring Paramedic Patient Assessment" Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)

2012 National Runner Up - "Educational Performance" The Council of Ambulance Authorities Awards

Key responsibilities
  • Curriculum & Pedagogy design
  • Supervision and mentorship academic staff
  • Chair Student Progress Committee
  • Learning Coach Medical Program
  • AHPRA Uninversity Accreditation Assessor
Teaching interests
  • Physiology/ Haemodynamics
  • Pre-hospital assessment skills
  • Clinical decision making
  • Clinical Skills
  • Reflective Practice
Supervisory interests
Applied sciences, paramedical professions
Assessment in medical education
  • Capstone Education
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Graduate Atrributes
  • Paramedic Education
  • Paramedic Field Day
  • Patient Assessment Skills
  • Problem Based Learning Methods