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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. Brennen also serves as the Chair of the School of Medical and Health Sciences Ethics Subcommittee.

Current Teaching

  • MMP6100 Evidence-Based Practice
  • MMP6101 Research Proposal Preparation and Research Methods
  • HST2122 Health Research Methodology

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 28th West Australian Information Technology and Telecommunication Alliance INCITE Awards Winner, 2019 (Most Transformative Impact on Education category), $5,000
  • 28th West Australian Information Technology and Telecommunication Alliance INCITE Awards Finalist, 2019 (Most Innovative Enabler in Health Care category)
  • Selected for NHMRC’s ‘Ten of the Best 2014’ publication

University and National Teaching Awards

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

Research Areas and Interests

  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • 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

  • 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., 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:
  • Andrews, T., Price, L., Mills, B., Holmes, L., (2018), Young adults’ perception of mandatory CPR training in Australian high schools: A qualitative investigation. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 15(2), article no.3, Australia, Paramedics Australasia.
  • 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.
  • Lewis, A., Rudd, C., Mills, B., (2018), Working with children with autism: an interprofessional simulation-based tutorial for speech pathology and occupational therapy students. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 32(2), 242-244, Taylor and Francis Ltd, DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2017.1388221.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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