Dr John Smithson is an Associate Professor with approximately 14 years academic experience. He is a registered pharmacist and registered nurse with extensive experience in both the public remote and regional hospitals and private community and consultant pharmacy sectors. 

His professional academic interests include exploring institutional systems and processes to improve teaching and learning quality, using novel teaching methods to improve job readiness of undergraduate students, improving prescribing quality and reliance on evidence-based practice and evaluation.  Dr Smithson's areas of research also include scope of professional practice and the use of simulation in teaching.  He has had extensive teaching experience including the implementation of simulation experiences in undergraduate curriculums and broader curriculum planning and implementation experience across a range of professional health degrees.  Dr Smithson has led a number of large curriculum redevelopment projects and new curriculum launches.  He has extensive experience in project management and curriculum design.  Dr Smithson has held senior executive roles in the Faculty and Division and is currently the Head of Pharmacy at James Cook University.

Dr Smithson enjoys the sport of field archery and is also a keen sailor.  He particularly enjoys sailing in stormy weather as he believes it is good preparation for academic practice.


  • DS4101: Clinical Dentistry 2 (Level 4; CNS)
  • PC1102: Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutics 1 (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • PC2202: Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutics 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC2204: Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics for Pharmacists (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC2207: Integrated Therapeutics 1 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC2208: Pharmaceutical Public Health and Primary Healthcare for Pharmacists (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC3301: Integrated Therapeutics 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • PC4203: Advanced Professional Pharmacy Practice (Level 4; TSV)
  • PC4401: Integrated Therapeutics 4 (Level 4; TSV)
  • PC4404: Advanced Pharmacy Practice 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • Effect of simulation on student learning
  • Clinical Trials
  • 2017 - Academic Lead: Learning and Teaching (Nursing & Midwifery), James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
Research Disciplines
  • 2011 - ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

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Conference Papers
  • Birks M, Buchan J, Smithson J and Norris P (2014) Reality at the COAL FACE. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. In: ascilite 2014: 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Rhetoric and Reality: critical perspectives on educational technology, 23-26 November 2014, Dunedin, New Zealand

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 19+ research outputs authored by Dr John Smithson from 2008 onwards.


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  • Exploring Perspectives for a Pharmacist-led Vaccination Clinic in a North Queensland Ambulatory Cancer Centre (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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