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Dr Lisa Holmes


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2456
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.533  

Lisa is a Unit Coordinator and Lecturer for the Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science) in the School of Medical and Health Sciences. She is also a researcher in the areas of education, training, mental health and wellbeing.

Current Teaching

  • PST1106 Emergency Mental Health Response
  • PST1107 Perspectives in Paramedic Professional Practice
  • PST3109 Reflective Practice in Paramedicine


Dr Lisa Holmes has extensive experience in all aspects of teaching and learning in tertiary and workplace environments, delivering a diverse range of topics to a wide variety of audiences and disciplines.

Lisa’s recent research was conducted through the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University entitled Exploring the preparedness of novice (student) paramedics for the mental health challenges of the paramedic profession: Using the wisdom of the Elders. This research involved conducting interviews and focus groups, with current and retired paramedics, across Australia and New Zealand. She has presented her research, recommendations and workshops at both national and international conferences as an invited presenter. She is a member of the leadership team for the highly valued and successful annual Survive & Thrive Symposiums.

Lisa is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Professional Associations

Dr Lisa Holmes is Chair of the Paramedic Australasia Paramedic Mental Health & Wellbeing Special Interest Group. She is a member of the Mental Health First Aid Advisory Group and Network of the Australasian Paramedic Academics.

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

Suicide Prevention Australia annual LiFE Award in the Emerging / Early Career Researcher category – Finalist

The LiFE Awards – hosted by Suicide Prevention Australia – are a prestigious national event celebrating suicide prevention excellence. Nominees typically range from mainstream programs to local grass roots organisations and dedicated individuals. The Awards celebrate the commitment and energy of the nominees and their vital contribution to the reduction of suicide within our communities.

Research Areas and Interests

Dr Lisa Holmes’ research interests are in education, training and mental health & wellbeing. Most recently Lisa has been investigating the preparation of paramedic students for the mental health challenges of the paramedicine profession by utilising the experiences of veteran paramedics.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2018.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education and Training, United Kingdom, 2006.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Rankin, T., Holmes, L., Vance, L., Crehan, T., Mills, B. (2020). Recent high school graduates support mandatory cardiopulmonary resuscitation education in Australian high schools. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 44(3), 215-218.
  • Mackinnon, K., Everett, T., Holmes, L., Smith, E., Mills, B. (2020). Risk of psychological distress, pervasiveness of stigma and utilisation of support services: Exploring paramedic perceptions. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 17(January 2020), 1-7.

Journal Articles

  • Smith, E., Holmes, L., Burkle, FM. (2019). The Physical and Mental Health Challenges Experienced by 9/11 First Responders and Recovery Workers: A Review of the Literature. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 34(6), 625-631.
  • Lewis, A., Kirkman, A., Holmes, L. (2019). Wellness in Allied Health students: the case for change. Health Education in Practice Journal for Research and Professional Learning, 2(1), 1-19.
  • Smith, E., Holmes, L., Burkle, FM. (2019). Exploring the Physical and Mental Health Challenges Associated with Emergency Service Call-Taking and Dispatching: A Review of the Literature. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 34(6), 619-624.

Journal Articles

  • 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.

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.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Medical Science), The impact of Australian non-governmental organisations disaster response on local communities: A qualitative exploration
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ambulance workplace stressors: The health impact on our ambulance personnel
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