Researcher biography

A/Prof Leanne Johnston leads a research program that focusses on achieving high value paediatric health care for children and families. Her research priorities have been consumer driven and drawn from consultation with children and their families. In each research project, she leads her team to apply an interprofessional and child-centred framework to unpack the real-world challenges reported by consumers and service providers. By harnessing diverse knowledge and skills through a research team approach, she has redesigned service provision models and developed a wide range of novel assessments and treatments which have been translated into practice. She works regularly with a wide network of clinicians, educators, researchers and technology pioneers across health and disability sectors. This strategy has enabled her to resolve complex challenges experienced by children with a wide range of conditions. Recently, her research has focused on addressing issues faced by some of our most disadvantaged children, including those living in rural/ remote areas. Her aim is to improve healthcare quality and to reduce healthcare inequity for children in Queensland and internationally.

A/Prof Johnston holds key senior service roles:

  • Head of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland
  • Vice President, Council of Physiotherapy Deans of Australia and New Zealand (CPDANZ)


  • Founding Lead, Children's Motor Control Research Collaboration (CMCRC)
  • Editorial Board Member - Journal of Physiotherapy (Chair, Clinimetrics Portfolio)
  • Founding Advisory Board Member, Queensland Cerebral Palsy Register
  • Board Member, Childrens' Health Research Alliance (CHRA) representing Children's Health Queensland
  • Member (& Past Chair), AusACPDM (Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine) - Scientific Education Committee
  • Member (International), AACPDM (American Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine) - Scientific Education Committee
  • Member (& Past Chair), Paediatric Research Engagement Theme, UQ School of Health & Rehabilitation Science


  • Lead, UQ Paediatric Physiotherapy Education and Research
  • Coordinator, UQ Interprofessional Health Sciences Advanced Research
  • Coordinator, UQ Physiotherapy Clinical Education Program
  • Founding Lead PaedsTEACH - Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Physiotherapy Educators Forum