Dr Karlee Johnston

Master Clinical Pharmacy, PhD
Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, ANU School of Medicine and Psychology

Karlee is a clinical pharmacist with extensive experience in critical care. With many years of experience Karlee now consults on optimising teams and leadership for multiple health organisations. Karlee's focus is on developing strong teams to improve the experience of healthcare professionals, and therefore healthcare consumers.

Karlee's PhD focused on the experiences of Australian pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a specific interest in burnout in this cohort. Following from this research Karlee has continued to research burnout and possible interventions to better support healthcare professionals in their work. In line with this work, Karlee is also interested in the utility of interprofessional practice to support health professional wellbeing.


  • Pharmacology

Research interests

Karlee's areas of expertise and researach interests include:

  • Burnout
  • Pharmacology & prescribing
  • Restorative communication
  • Interprofessional education
  • Leadership
  • Effective teams

  • Johnston, K, O'Reilly, C, Scholz, B et al. 2022, 'The experiences of pharmacists during the global COVID-19 pandemic: A thematic analysis using the jobs demands-resources framework', Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, vol. 18, no. 9, pp. 3649 - 3655.
  • Johnston, K, O'Reilly, C, Scholz, B et al. 2021, 'Burnout and the challenges facing pharmacists during COVID-19: results of a national survey', International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, vol. 43, pp. 716 -725.
  • Johnston, K, Ankravs, M, Badman, B et al. 2021, 'Standard of practice in intensive care for pharmacy services', Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 165-183.