Dr James Thompson

Senior Lecturer

College of Medicine and Public Health

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

James is a teaching specialist and senior lecturer with an extensive portfolio of teaching spanning a range of disciplines, which routinely includes; anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, clinical reasoning, clinical practice skills, patient assessment, and clinical education. He provides educational leadership for the scholarship of teaching and learning within paramedicine and has been a key contributor to new educational theory within the discipline.

His research interests are varied and have previously contributed to new knowledge and understanding in the areas of advancing out of hospital practice (fluid resuscitation & advanced patient assessment), improved graduate standards, individualised learning design, and student partnerships in assessment. His work and innovations have received awards at university, state, and national levels, and can be evidenced in teaching and learning practice within nursing, medicine, and international paramedic education design.

James holds over 20 years of clinical experience spanning a range of Paramedic and Nursing roles and has previously held senior practitioner roles in extended/advanced care positions within both disciplines.


PhD 2020

Graduate Certificate Education (Higher Education) - Flinders University 2014

Bachelor Health Science Honours- Flinders University 2011

Advanced Life Support - Australian Resuscitation Council 2011

Grad 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 for Medical Students
Teaching interests
  • Physiology/ Haemodynamics
  • Pre-hospital assessment skills
  • Clinical decision making
  • Clinical Skills
  • Reflective Practice
Topic coordinator
PARA3000 Clinical Assessment
PARA3007 Applied Paramedic Practice
Topic lecturer
HLTH1004 Human Bioscience
PARA1005 Introduction to Traumatic Emergencies
PARA1008 Integrated Clinical Physiology for Paramedics
PARA3002 Clinical Decision Making
PARA1000 Introduction to Paramedic Practice
PARA1006 Introduction to Medical Emergencies
PARA2001 Pathophysiology 2
PARA2002 Paramedic Practice 1
PARA2007 Paramedic Practice 2
  • Capstone Education
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Graduate Atrributes
  • Paramedic Field Day
  • Patient Assessment Skills
  • Problem Based Learning Methods

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