Michelle Johnston is an Emergency Physician and author. Extremely fond of words, teaching, and grass roots emergency medicine. Not overly keen on meetings. Lukewarm feelings about efficiency. Conflicted about social media. Please talk to me about books.


Michelle Johnston has been a consultant Emergency Physician at Royal Perth Hospital since 2000. She is passionate about teaching, and still very much enjoys clinical medicine.
Her interests lie in exploring the conflation of creativity and critical care medicine as well as finding novel ways to avoid the bureaucratic incursions that threaten the practice of medicine today.
She is highly skilled in the assiduous avoidance of meetings, and ignoring checkboxes.
She believes that Emergency Medicine has a great future, as long as the clinicians within it strive to maintain its humanity.
She has won a few awards, all of which can be found elsewhere.
Also, she should never be asked to write her own bio.

1984. Dystopian Literature and Emergency Medicine

Dystopian Literature. Wild fictional future, or sinister prophecy? Nothing to do with critical care, surely ...
The key to dystopian literature is the backstory. These brutal, terrifying worlds are grim forecasts of the future, spawned from the choices and actions of the present. In critical care medicine we make rafts of decisions everyday – not all of them ideal. This talk looks at a projection into the future, both fictional and real, based on those small decisions, actions, and processes.

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