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 senior lecturer and teaching specialist who serves in dual roles, in Medicine (as the Assessment Lead) and, Paramedicine as the coordinator of the capstone program and clinical assessment topic.

For more than 15 years he has been the leading driver for the scholarship of teaching and learning in Paramedicine in South Australia, contributing innovations that have been recognised and awarded nationally, as well as influencing practice internationally and within other disciplines.

His practice as an academic is grounded in an extensive clinical career that spanned a range of roles within Australia and the United Kingdom and included senior appointments as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner and an Extended Care Paramedic.

James has a range of research interests and has previously led studies in education, learning and assessment design, patient assessment skills and decision making, physiology, and resuscitation skills competency.


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