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Associate Professor Richard Brightwell

Honorary Associate Professor

Staff Member Details

Richard is an Associate Professor within the School of Medical and Health 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


  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, United Kingdom, 1976.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Northern Ireland, 1974.
  • , Northern Ireland, 1971.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Al Hasan, D., Monger, E., Brightwell, R. (2020). Medical Emergencies Requiring First Aid at Home: A Population-Based Survey Study. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2020(Article in press), Article in press.

Journal Articles

  • Maguire, BJ., O'Meara, P., O'Neill, BJ., Brightwell, R. (2018). Violence Against Emergency Medical Services Personnel: A systematic review of the literature. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 61(2), 167–180.

Journal Articles

  • Holmes, L., Jones, R., Brightwell, R., Cohen, L. (2017). Student paramedic anticipation, confidence and fears: Do undergraduate courses prepare student paramedics for the mental health challenges of the profession?. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 14(4), Article 3.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Journal Articles

  • Williams, B., Boyle, M., Brightwell, R., McCall, M., McMullen, P., Munro, G., O'Meara, P., Webb, V. (2013). A cross-sectional study of paramedics' readiness for interprofessional learning and cooperation: Results from five universities. Nurse Education Today, 33(11), 1369-1375.

Journal Articles

  • Johnston, S., Wilkes, G., Thompson, J., Ziman, M., Brightwell, R. (2011). Inhaled methoxyflurane and intranasal fentanyl for prehospital management of visceral pain in an Australian ambulance service.. Emergency Medicine Journal, 28(1), 57-63.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.

Conference Publications

  • Brightwell, R., Buchanan, D. (2008). The Use of Formative Assessment and Support Materials to Assist Students in Taking Control of Their Own Online Learning.. Proceedings of the Assessment in Science Teaching and Learning Symposium (1-2). Uniserve Science.

Book Chapters

  • Bittles, A., Brightwell, R. (2006). Measuring Biological Ageing. Human Clocks, The Bio-cultural Meanings of Age (41-59). Peter Lang.

Journal Articles

  • Johnston, S., Brightwell, R., Ziman, M. (2006). Paramedics and pre-hospital management of acute myocardial infarction: diagnosis and reperfusion. Emergency Medicine Journal, 23(5), 331-334.

Conference Publications

  • Gibson, B., Brightwell, R. (2006). The Developments in Paramedical Science and the Implications of National and International Accreditation in Alliance with Ambulance Authorities. Engagement and Empowerment: New Opportunities for Growth in Higher Education (183-192). Edith Cowan University.

Journal Articles

  • Brightwell, R., Daniel, J., Stewart, A. (2004). Evaluation: Is an open book examination easier?. Bioscience Education Electronic Journal, 3(1), 3-3.

Conference Publications

  • Brightwell, R., Stewart, A., Pask, S. (2004). The influence of multimedia resources in and out of biomedical studies. Innovations Through Information Technology (0). Idea Group Publishing.

Conference Publications

  • Brightwell, R., Stewart, A., Pask, S. (2003). The influence of multimedia resources in and out of biomedical studies.. Proceedings of "Improving Learning Outcomes Through Flexible Science Teaching" (2 pages). Uniserve Science, University of Sydney, NSW.
  • Brightwell, R., Daniel, J., Stewart, A. (2003). Evaluation: is an open book examination easier?. Proceedings of "Improving Learning Outcomes Through Flexible Science Teaching" (). Uniserve Science, University of Sydney, NSW.

Research Projects

  • 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, $62,569.
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