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Associate Professor Richard Brightwell

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.


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)

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,  Hoboken, USA, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/ajim.22797.
  • 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, Australia, Paramedics Australasia.
  • 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, Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.
  • 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, Springer, 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, Australasian Medical Publishing Co. Ltd, DOI: 10.5694/mja13.10941.
  • 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, UK, Churchill Livingstone, DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.06.021.

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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