Richard is an Associate Professor within the School of Medical and Health Sciences.
Anatomy and Physiology, Evidence Based Research with Postgraduate research and coursework
Awards and Recognition
University and National Teaching Awards
2005 - Pearson Education International Award for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning.
2008 - Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Engagement
Research Areas and Interests
The progression of the Paramedical field into clinical research
Post Grad Dip of Education, United Kingdom, 1976.
Doctor of Philosophy, Northern Ireland, 1974.
Bachelor of Science Honours, Northern Ireland, 1971.
Recent Research Grants
Standards and Quality Indicators for Best Practice in Paramedic and Inter-Professional Experiential Practica, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Novated ALTC Grant,
2011 - 2015, $196,000.
A joint Australian-China pilot survey on "Suboptimal Health", The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education , Australia-China Science and Research Fund Group Missions,
2013 - 2014, $43,600.
Can DVD simulations be used to promote empathy and interprofessional collaboration amount undergraduate healthcare students?, Office for Learning and Teaching, OLT - Innovation and Development Grant,
2012 - 2014, $5,000.
PARAMED Home (Paramedic Assessment and Referral to Access MEDical care at home: a randomised trial, Department of Health WA, SHRAC Research Translation Projects,
2010 - 2012, $145,000.
Patient outcome affected by paramedic pre hospital treatment of patients with severe brain injuries, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,
2007 - 2011, $174,837.
Recent Publications (within the last five years)
Williams, B., Brown, T., McKenna, L., Palermo, C., Morgan, P., Brightwell, R., (2015), Students' attitudes toward interprofessional learning a comparison between two universities. Journal of Allied Health, 44(4), 201-207.
Xi, F., Wang, Z., Qi, Y., Brightwell, R., Roberts, P., Stewart, A., Sim, M., Wang, W., (2015), Long-term effect of respiratory training for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients at an outpatient clinic: a randomised controlled trial. Clinical and Translational Medicine, 4(2015), Article number 31, Heidelberg, Germany, DOI: 10.1186/s40169-015-0073-2.
Maguire, BJ., O'Meara, PF., Brightwell, R., O'Neill, BJ., Fitzgerald, GJ., (2014), Occupational injury risk among Australian paramedics: An analysis of national data. Medical Journal of Australia, 200(8), 477-480, Australia, DOI: 10.5694/mja13.10941.
Williams, B., Boyle, M., Brightwell, R., McCall, M., McMullen, P., Munro, G., O'Meara, P., Webb, V., (2012), A cross-sectional study of paramedics' readiness for interprofessional learning and cooperation: Results from five universities. Nurse Education Today, 33(11), 1369-1375, UK, DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.06.021.
Research Student Supervision
Master of Science (Human Biology), Is The Treatment And Transport Of Asystolic Cardiac Arrest Patients To Hospital By Ambulance Services Appropriate?
Master of Science (Human Biology), The Efficacy Of Inhaled Methoxyflurance And Intranasal Fentanyl For The Pre Hospital Management Of Cardiac Or Visceral Pain.