Doctor Rashid Flewellen

Doctor Rashid Flewellen

Aut/1h Casual Academic - Unit 101776,
Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences

Associate Lecturer, Medical Education,
School of Medicine


Rashid Flewellen began teaching with the School of Medicine in 2017, and previously with the School of Social Sciences and Psychology since 2016. During this time, he has taught numerous subjects including social work practice, children and families, mental health and Indigenous Studies in Community and Social Development. Currently within Medicine, he is primarily responsible for co-teaching the Community Research attachment for Year 4 medical students, which involves supporting over 2 dozen group research projects each year in collaboration with community-based supervisors. He has also taught Problem-Based Learning and Personal and Professional Development attachments within the Medical Education Unit across Years 1 to 3.

His clinical work involves providing interventions as a critical care Social Worker in the emergency department and intensive care units @ St George and Sutherland Hospitals-South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. He has also worked in private practice as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. He carries an International Certification as Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counsellor and has consulted community-based programs for drug use treatment in Sydney. His PhD research at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, focused on clinician behaviour and communication skills development: Screening, and Brief Intervention Behaviours of Emergency Department Clinicians for Alcohol-Related Injuries; A Conceptual Framework Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour. 

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  • PhD Curtin University of Technology
  • MSW University of Michigan
  • MPH University of Michigan
  • BA University of California, Berkeley

Professional Memberships

  • Translational Health Research Institute - THRI (Core Member) (2018 - 2024)
  • Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers - MINT (2015 - 2023)
  • Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) (2015 - 2022)
  • Public Health Association of Australia (2013)
  • Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) (2011 - 2020)


  • NDRI-Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Postgraduate Scholarship 2012-09-01


  • Clinician Communication and Behaviour
  • Drug and Alcohol Research
  • Evaluation Research
  • Medical Education
  • Mental Health

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences
  • School of Medicine


Phone: (02) 4620 3787
Location: 30.2.23

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Conference Papers

  • Flewellen, R., Carruthers, S., Lam, T., Dinh, M., Allsop, S. and Egerton-Warburton, D. (2015), 'Clinician behavioural intention to perform screening and brief intervention for alcohol-related injury in the emergency department', Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs. Conference, Perth, W.A..

My research centres on human behaviour in general, with an emphasis on clinician behaviour in relation to evidence-based practice, implementation science, and decision making. While early in my research career, recent successes have involved recruitment of large clinician samples, exploration of national clinical practices, and identification of markers for effective behavioural intervention training within acute care and community health settings. My work explores the implementation and evaluation of clinical training and education programs in healthcare.

Content wise, this research emphasises the importance of mechanisms of behaviour change as they relate to goal-oriented styles of communication and the ‘language of change’ in health practice. I seek to understand how enhancing training programs within clinical practice relates to increased efficacy of provider responses to issues such as alcohol injuries, as well as improve patient-provider encounters. This work has significant contributions to the fields of emergency medicine and drug health in terms of implementing evidence-based practices such as screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) strategies across Australia. 

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Current Projects

Title: Early identification of gambling comorbidity in a hospital setting
  • NSW Government Office of Responsible Gambling
Western Researchers: Elizabeth Conroy and Rashid Flewellen
Years: 2019-07-01 - 2020-09-30
ID: P00025697

Previous Projects

Title: Examination of alcohol and drug (AoD) counsellors changes in attitudes and competencies after implementation of Motivation
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Rashid Flewellen
Years: 2018-11-28 - 2019-08-18
ID: P00025473

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