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Macquarie Law School

Adam Johnston

Adam Johnston


Adam Johnston is a solicitor, holding a Masters in Law from the University of New England, Armidale, and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. During his studies, he was a Senate Intern, and a delegate to both the 1998 Constitutional Convention on a Republic and the 2001 Corowa People's Conference. He is a former long-term Member of the Government Solicitors Committee of the Law Society of NSW and has worked in various complaint handling roles for the NSW Ombudsman and the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON). He serves on a number of advisory and governance committees of the Northern Sydney Local Health District, is a member of Health Consumers NSW, a Consumer Advisor to the Clinical Excellence Commission's Antimicrobial Stewardship Expert Advisory Committee, a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of the Sydney North Primary Health Network and a Community Member of the NSW Ministry of Health Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel. He is currently a PhD (Law) Student at Macquarie University.


BA/LLB (Macq) Dip Legal Practise (College of Law) LLM (UNE) GAICD, Cert. IV (Small Business)



"From Citizen to Charity Case: Has Contracted Welfare Breached the Sovereign's Duty to Her Subjects?"


The thesis aims to draw attention to pressing concerns for the disabled and unemployed, as users of a system that increasingly lacks public accountability. Under the old system of 20 to 30 years ago, employment services and care services were delivered by government agencies. The approach was informed by classical liberal notions of accountability to the Parliament and combined with modern welfare notions that it is/was the State's responsibility to ensure that basic needs were met. Now these functions are outsourced to churches, charities and other NGOs, with limited thought to the legal ramifications for recipients of these services, or the wider social compact.


  • Francesca Dominello

Selected Publications and Presentations


Conference Presentations

  • Adam Johnston, 'Community Service as a Lived Experience: The Consumer View, Care and Support Directed by the Consumer Forum', The University of Sydney, Flinders University, Kolling Institute and Northern Sydney Local Health District, Wednesday 12 October 2016, 8.00am to 4.30pm, Northside Conference Centre, Sydney.
  • Adam Johnston, 'When you are always a patient (or feel like one), 2016 Patient Experience Symposium, 'Conversations with Consumers' Plenary Session, Thursday, 5 May 2016, Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh,
  • Adam Johnston, 'Dance with the one that brung ya: What is community engagement and why it might just save your career', 8th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research (ASSCR) - the second joint meeting with Stem Cells Australia and first joint meeting with the New South Wales Stem Cell Network, Hunter Valley, NSW, November 2015, Program, Sunday 8th November 2015.
  • Adam Johnston, 'How does the Common Law look at (a) the body and (b) property as it might relate to the body or body parts, cells or cellular information?, Poster presentation of University of New England Masters' research at the 18th NSW Stem Cell Network Workshop: Expanding the use of cord blood - Darlington Centre, Sydney, May 21st 2013