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Dr Brennen Mills


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 3947, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.540
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3947
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.540  


Brennen is a Lecturer and active researcher in Paramedical Science and Public Health in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Current Teaching

  • PST2111 Paramedic Research Project
  • HST6106 Health Science Research Project 1
  • HST6107 Health Science Research Project 2

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

University and National Teaching Awards

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award, 2014 (Programs that Enhance Quality and Performance), $5,000.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Pre-hospital education and training
  • Simulation-based learning environments
  • Skills acquisition
  • Eye-tracking


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2016.
  • Bachelor of Science (Public Health) (Honours), Curtin University of Technology, 2010.
  • Bachelor of Health Science Major Human Movement & Public Hea, The University of Western Australia, 2009.


Recent Research Grants

  • Augmented Reality Child Health Interactive Experience: A digital gaming platform for paediatric oncology patients to reduce hospitalisation/treatment-related anxiety and depression,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2019,  2019 - 2020,  $29,970.
  • Development of a virtual reality platform to train and prepare paramedics for mass/multi casualty incidents,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2017 Open Round,  2018 - 2019,  $151,900.
  • The application of virtual reality to train and prepare paramedics for mass/multi casualty incidents,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2018,  2018 - 2019,  $29,600.
  • Using eye-tracking and continuous heart rate to assess the Quiet Eye technique for improving marksmanship under conditions of high-anxiety,  Department of Defence - Australian Army,  Australian Army Research Scheme,  2015 - 2018,  $19,000.
  • Allied Health Workforce Survey,  Department of Health WA,  Tender,  2016 - 2017,  $61,098.
  • Investigating the extent to which highly realistic moulage impacts on learning outcomes in simulation-based learning environments,  Department of Health WA,  Simulated Learning Environments Research Grants 2016,  2016,  $38,500.
  • Determining the correlation between learning preference and satisfaction with participation in Health Simulation Activities.,  Department of Health WA,  CSSU Research Project Grants 2013,  2014 - 2015,  $9,091.
  • Improving Hazard Perception with Driving Simulation and Eye tracking,  AusIndustry,  Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Programme,  2014 - 2015,  $25,192.
  • Investigating the relative learning outcomes associated with full video versus 'photomatic' distributed clinical simulation cognitive learning aids,  Department of Health WA,  CSSU Research Project Grants 2013,  2014,  $9,091.
  • Investigating the Impact of Assessor Presence of Performance in High and Low Fidelity Clinical Simulations ,  Department of Health WA,  CSSU Research Project Grants 2013,  2014,  $9,091.
  • Determining physiological responses and performance of undergraduate students during varying fidelity in simulations,  Department of Health WA,  CSSU Research Project Grants 2013,  2013 - 2014,  $9,090.
  • Percent daily intake versus equivalent walking time: making sense of the kilojoules on food and drink labels,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2012 - 2013,  $29,193.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Mills, B., Hill, M., Buck, J., Walter, E., Howard, K., Raisinger, A., Smith, E., (2019), What constitutes an emergency ambulance call?. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 16, , 1-9, Australia, DOI:
  • Reid, D., Street, K., Beatty, S., Vencatachellum, S., Mills, B., (2019), Preparedness of graduate paramedics for practice: a comparison of Australian and United Kingdom education pathways. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 16(2019), 1-11, DOI: 10.33151/ajp.16.666.
  • Mills, B., Miles, A., Phan, T., Dykstra, P., Hansen, S., Reid, D., Langdon, C., Walsh, A., (2018), Investigating the extent realistic moulage impacts on immersion and performance amongst undergraduate paramedicine students in a simulation-based traumatic scenario: A pilot study. Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the society for simulation in healthcare, 13(5), 331-340, DOI: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000318.
  • Mills, B., Carter, O., Pross, N., Quick, JK., Rudd, C., Reid, D., (2016), The contribution of instructor presence to social evaluation anxiety, immersion and performance within simulation-based learning environments: a within-subject randomised cross-over trial with paramedic students. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 13(2), Article No. 3, Ballarat, VIC, Paramedics Australasia.
  • Carter, O., Mills, B., Mazzucchelli, G., Carolan, CW., (2016), Testing childrens ability to correctly use the "Shadow Rule" for sun protection. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 26(3), 317-325, Oxfordshire, UK, Taylor and Francis Ltd., DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2015.1111311.
  • Carter, O., Mills, B., Ross, N., Miles, A., Mould, J., O'Brien, R., (2016), Assessing simulation-based clinical training: comparing the concurrent validity of students' self-reported satisfaction and confidence measures against objective clinical examinations. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, 2(2), 30-34, DOI: 10.1136/bmjstel-2015-000089.
  • Mills, B., Carter, O., Rudd, C., Claxton, L., O'Brien, R., (2016), An experimental investigation into the extent social evaluation anxiety impairs performance in simulation-based learning environments amongst final-year undergraduate nursing students. Nurse Education Today, 45(2016), 9-15, UK, Churchill Livingstone, DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2016.06.006.
  • Mills, B., Carter, O., Rudd, C., Claxton, L., Ross, N., Strobel, N., (2016), Effects of low-versus high-fidelity simulations on the cognitive burden and performance of entry-level paramedicine students: A mixed-methods comparison trial using eye-tracking, continuous heart rate, difficulty rating scales, video observation and interviews. Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the society for simulation in healthcare, 11(1), 10-18, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, DOI: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000119.
  • Mills, B., Carter, O., Rudd, C., Ross, N., Claxton, L., (2015), Clinical placement before or after simulated learning environments? A naturalistic study of clinical skills acquisition amongst early-stage paramedicine students. Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the society for simulation in healthcare, 10(5), 263-269, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000107.
  • Mills, B., Carter, O., Rudd, C., Mills, J., Ross, N., Ruck, J., (2015), Quantification of opportunities for early-stage paramedicine students to practice clinical skills during clinical placements compared to an equal dose of simulation-based workshops. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, 1(1), 24-28, BMJ Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1136/bmjstel-2015-000040.
  • Carter, O., Phan, T., Mills, B., (2015), Impact of a point-of-sale tobacco display ban on smokers' spontaneous purchases: comparisons from post purchase interviews before and after the ban in Western Australia. Tobacco Control, 24(E1), e81-e86, London, United Kingdom, BMJ Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-050991.
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