Dr Rashid Flewellen

Honorary Research Fellow
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Rashid Flewellen is casual lecturer in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, and causal academic in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University.

Rashid graduated from the University of California, Berkley, in 2000, majoring in social welfare and psychology. He spent several years in social work clinical practice in the US, working principally with military veterans in mental-health settings, before moving to Australia in 2010, where he worked initially as a drug and alcohol counsellor for St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst. Rashid has spent the past 15 years as a clinical researcher and academic. He has taught across several subjects including Motivational Interviewing in social work practice; social work with children and families; mental health; and Indigenous studies.

In 2018, Rashid was conferred a PhD in Public Health from Curtin University of Technology.

Previously, Rashid has taught with the Medical Education Unit of Western Sydney University, where he was responsible for co-teaching the Community Research attachment for Year 4 medical students, which involved supporting more than 20 group research projects each year in collaboration with community-based supervisors. As well, he taught problem-based learning and personal and professional development attachments across Years 1 to 3.

Rashid also works as a critical care social worker in the emergency department and intensive care units within the NSW public hospital system in the South Western Sydney Local Health District.

Early Career Researcher Fellowship Award, Translational Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University 

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Public Health Association of Australia
  • Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)
  • Core Member, Translational Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University
  • Member, Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Member, Accreditation Panel, AASW
  • Member, Australian Professional Society for Alcohol and Other Drugs 

Journal articles
  • Joubert, L., Hampson, R., Acuto, R., Powell, L., Flewellen, R., et al. (2022). "Resilience and adaptability of social workers in health care settings during COVID-19 in Australia." Social Work in Health Care, DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2022.2096170.
  • Flewellen, R., Lam, T., Carruthers, S., Dinh, M., Egerton-Warburton, D,, Allsop, S. [in press]. "Using theory to conceptualise the impact of attitudes and beliefs on behavioural intentions to respond to alcohol-related injury presentations in the ED." Drug and Alcohol Review.
  • Swifte, M., Worner, L., Hussain, A., Flewellen, R., McBride, K. [in press]. "The impact of awareness of alternative health services on patient decisions to present to the emergency department." Emergency Medicine Australasia.
  • Flewellen, R., Lam, T., Carruthers, S., Dinh, M., Egerton-Warburton, D., Allsop, S. (2015). "Clinician behavioural intention to perform screening and brief intervention for alcohol-related injury in the emergency department." Drug and Alcohol Review 34(Suppl. 1):27.

Conference presentations
  • Flewellen R. "Motivational Interviewing training using subjective and objective measures to minimise skill drift: design, delivery and evaluation of a pilot study." (2019). Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers International Forum. Tallin, Estonia September 28, 2019.
  • Allsop, S., Flewellen, R. (2016). "Methamphetamine in Australia: Challenges and Responses." 41st ANZICS/ACCCN Intensive Care ASM & The 22nd Annual Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Conference. 20–22 October, 2016. Perth, Western Australia.