Doctor John Bidewell

Doctor John Bidewell

Academic Program Advisor, Postgraduate Health Sciences,
Undergraduate Health Science

Lecturer - Research Methods,
Undergraduate Health Science


Dr John Bidewell's academic background is in Education, Applied Psychology and Social Research. In 1992 he joined the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in the School of Nursing to advance the School's research initiatives. Later John commenced teaching Research Methods to students in the School of Nursing and in the School of Business, while operating a private research consultancy. More recently, as a Research Fellow, John joined and remains a member of the UWS, School of Nursing's Aged Care and Palliation (ACAP) research group with interests in dementia and palliative aged care. In 2011 he commenced as a Lecturer with the School of Biomedical and Health Sciences. John's PhD investigated how people respond to risk and return over time in the context of personal financial investment. He retains a continuing interest in decision making over time, risk and uncertainty, and would like to see insights from this field applied more to clinical decision making and behavioural health management.

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  • PhD University of Sydney
  • M Psych University of New South Wales
  • BSc[Psychology] University of New South Wales
  • DipTeach Sydney Teachers College

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Undergraduate Health Science
  • Undergraduate Health Science


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Location: 24.2.17

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400864 Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative), 2012



  • Chang, E., Daly, J., Harrison, K., Noel, M., Johnson, A., Easterbrook, S., Redshaw, S. and Bidewell, J. (2009), 'Bereavement Care in the Community: Pilot Study Report', : College of Nursing & Midwifery, UWS 930203.
  • Bidewell, J. (2007), 'Decision Making in Personal Investment: The Influence of Delay and Risk', : VDM Verlag Dr. Muller 9783836428590.

Journal Articles

  • O?Dwyer, M., Dune, T., Bidewell, J. and Liamputtong, P. (2019), 'Critiquing the Health Belief Model and sexual risk behaviours among adolescents : a narrative review of familial and peer influence', International Journal of Social Science Studies, vol 7, no 6 , pp 62 - 70.
  • Dune, T., Crnek-Georgeson, K., Bidewell, J., Firdaus, R., John, J. and Arora, A. (2018), 'Undergraduate health science students' development of reflective practice on communication skills via e-Portfolios', Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, vol 15, no 3 .
  • Olson, R., Bidewell, J., Dune, T. and Lessey, N. (2016), 'Developing cultural competence through self-reflection in interprofessional education : findings from an Australian university', Journal of Interprofessional Care, vol 30, no 3 , pp 347 - 354.
  • Dune, T., Bidewell, J., Firdaus, R. and Kirwan, M. (2016), 'Communication idol : using popular culture to catalyse active learning by engaging students in the development of entertaining teaching and learning resources', Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, vol 13, no 5 .
  • Chang, E., Brownhill, S., Bidewell, J., Johnson, A. and Ratnayake, S. (2015), 'Focus on feeding! : evaluation of a framework for maximizing mealtime in aged care facilities', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol 21, no 3 , pp 269 - 277.
  • Foster, J., Spence, K., Henderson-Smart, D., Harrison, D., Gray, P. and Bidewell, J. (2013), 'Procedural pain in neonates in Australian hospitals : a survey update of practices', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol 49, no 1 , pp 35 - 39.
  • Brownhill, S., Chang, E., Bidewell, J. and Johnson, A. (2013), 'A decision model for community nurses providing bereavement care', British Journal of Community Nursing, vol 18, no 3 , pp 133 - 139.
  • Chang, E., Bidewell, J., Hancock, K., Johnson, A. and Easterbrook, S. (2012), 'Community palliative care nurse experiences and perceptions of follow-up bereavement support visits to carers', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol 18, no 4 , pp 332 - 339.
  • Chang, E., Bidewell, J., Brownhill, S., Farnsworth, J., Ward, J. and Diehl, H. (2012), 'Participant perceptions of a community-based lifestyle intervention : the CHIP', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol 23, no 3 , pp 177 - 182.
  • Bidewell, J. and Chang, E. (2011), 'Managing dementia agitation in residential aged care', Dementia, vol 10, no 3 , pp 299 - 315.
  • Chang, E., Daly, J., Johnson, A., Harrison, K., Easterbrook, S., Bidewell, J., Heather, S., Nichael, N. and Hancock, K. (2009), 'Challenges for professional care of advanced dementia', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol 15, no 1 , pp 41 - 47.
  • Taylor, C., Stewart, L. and Bidewell, J. (2009), 'Nursing students' appraisal of their professional portfolios in demonstrating clinical competence', Nurse Educator, vol 34, no 5 , pp 217 - 222.
  • Glasson, J., Chang, E. and Bidewell, J. (2008), 'The value of participatory action research in clinical nursing practice', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol 14, no 1 , pp 34 - 39.
  • Huntingdon, A., Bidewell, J., Gilmour, J., Chang, E., Daly, J., Wilson, H., Lambert, V. and Lambert, C. (2008), 'The relationship between workplace stress, coping strategies and health status in New Zealand nurses', The Journal of Occupational Health and Safety: Australia and New Zealand, vol 24, no 2 , pp 131 - 141.
  • Foster, J., Bidewell, J., Buckmaster, A., Spence, K., Green, D. and Henderson-Smart, D. (2008), 'A comparison of the effects of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and headbox oxygen on nurses' workload in the special care nursery', Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, vol 11, no 2 , pp 11 - 17.
  • Foster, J., Bidewell, J., Buckmaster, A., Lees, S. and Henderson-Smart, D. (2008), 'Parental stress and satisfaction in the non-tertiary special care nursery', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 61, no 5 , pp 522 - 530.
  • Parsons, M., Bidewell, J. and Griffiths, R. (2007), 'A comparative study of the effect of food consumption on labour and birth outcomes in Australia', Midwifery, vol 23, no 2 , pp 131 - 138.
  • Chang, E., Bidewell, J., Huntington, A., Daly, J., Johnson, A., Wilson, H., Lambert, V. and Lambert, C. (2007), 'A survey of role stress, coping and health in Australian and New Zealand hospital nurses', International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol 44, no 8 , pp 1354 - 1362.
  • Parsons, M., Bidewell, J. and Nagy, S. (2006), 'Natural eating behavior in latent labor and its effect on outcomes in active labor', Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, vol 51, no 1 , pp 1 - 6.
  • Chang, E., Daly, J., Hancock, K., Bidewell, J., Johnson, A., Lambert, V. and Lambert, C. (2006), 'The Relationships among workplace stressors, coping methods, demographic characteristics, and health in Australian nurses', Journal of Professional Nursing, vol 22, no 1 , pp 30 - 38.
  • Bidewell, J., Griffin, B. and Hesketh, B. (2006), 'Timing of retirement: Including a delay discounting perspective in retirement models', Journal of Vocational Behavior, vol 68, no 2 , pp 368 - 387.
  • Foster, J., Bidewell, J. and Todd, D. (2004), 'Transcutaneous CO2 monitoring: effect of electrode position and gestation on arterial partial pressure of CO2 for the first 3 days of neonatal life', Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, vol 7 , pp 18 - 25.
  • Bidewell, J., Ledwidge, H. and Tan, L. (2003), 'Active, retired persons' quality of life explored using repertory grid', Geriaction, vol 21 , pp 10 - 17.
  • Foster, J., Todd, D., Bidewell, J. and Askie, L. (2002), 'Pulse oximetry measures compared for neonates <28 weeks gestation', Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, vol 5 , pp 5 - 10.
  • Foster, J., Bidewell, J., Todd, D. and Lloyd, J. (2001), 'Transcutaneous oxygen monitoring: Effect of electrode position and gestation on arterial partial pressure of oxygen for the first three days of neonatal life.', Journal of Neonatal, Pediatric and Childhealth Nursing, vol 4 , pp 16 - 24.

Conference Papers

  • Jones, C., Nicholson, R., Ashcroft-Smith, M., Sailba, L., Abraham, J., Mubin, O., Yevenes, K., Bidewell, J., Moussa, M., Arness, D., Berry, J., Hellany, A. and Darestani, M. (2022), 'Beyond the discipline : mapping and developing WIL across transdisciplinary curricula', The Australian Collaborative Education Network. Conference, Melbourne, Vic..

John is a member of the UWS Aged Care and Palliation research group. Our current projects are about improving the quality of care for aged persons with dementia who are living in residential aged care facilities (nursing homes).

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