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Associate Professor Richard Brightwell

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3475, Mobile: 0429 102 709, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.535
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 3475  
Mobile: 0429 102 709  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 2323  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.535  


Richard is an Associate Professor within the School of Medical Sciences.

Current Teaching

  • Anatomy and Physiology, Evidence Based Research with Postgraduate research and coursework

Professional Memberships

  • ACAP

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

Staff Qualifications

  • 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 - 2013,  $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 - 2013,  $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)

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • Williams, B., Boyle, M., Molloy, A., Brightwell, R., Munro, G., Service, M., Brown, T., (2011), Undergraduate paramedic students' attitudes to e-learning: findings from five university programs. Research in Learning Technology, 19(2), 89-100, DOI: 10.1080/21567069.2011.586679.
  • Arendts, G., Sim, M., Johnston, S., Brightwell, R., (2011), ParaMED Home: A protocol for a randomised controlled trial of paramedic assessment and referral to access medical care at home. BMC Emergency Medicine, 11(7), 1-4, DOI: 10.1186/1471-227X-11-7.
  • Johnston, S., Wilkes, G., Thompson, J., Ziman, M., Brightwell, R., (2010), Inhaled methoxyflurane and intranasal fentanyl for prehospital management of visceral pain in an Australian ambulance service. Emergency Medicine Journal, 28(1), 57-63, DOI: 10.1136/emj.2009.078717.
  • Willis, E., Williams, B., Brightwell, R., O'Meara, P., Pointon, T., (2010), Road-ready paramedics and the supporting sciences curriculum. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-disciplinary Journal, 11(2), 1-13, Herston, QLD.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • 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..
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