Dr Bronwyn Tunnage

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Senior Lecturer, Research and Postgraduate Leader - Paramedicine

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 7088

Email: bronwyn.tunnage@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
MH 310
Department of Paramedicine
AUT South Campus
640 Great South Road
Manukau 2104
New Zealand
Postal Address:

Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences

AUT University 

Private Bag 92006

Auckland 1142

ORCID: ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6554-3634


  • Doctor of Philosophy, - Auckland University of Technology
  • Master of Science in Health Economics - University of York
  • Diploma in Higher Education, Nursing (Distinction) – University of London
  • Certificate of Advanced Ambulance Aid – Auckland Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Tertiary Teaching – Auckland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) - Victoria University of Wellington
  • Registered Nurse

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences
  • Honorary Research Fellow, St John
  • Member, Paramedics Australasia


Bronwyn has a strong clinical background with 10 years’ experience working as an intensive care paramedic in Auckland. She is also a registered nurse and has worked in both the New Zealand and the UK healthcare systems. As Research and Postgraduate Leader, Bronwyn is responsible for developing research excellence in Paramedicine at AUT and supporting and managing the postgraduate programmes delivered within the department. She has extensive experience as an academic and researcher in New Zealand and Wales, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels including postgraduate research supervisions.  Bronwyn’s research interests relate to the paramedic care of time-critical cardiovascular patients and paramedic contribution to community care and injury prevention such as falls prevention programmes. Bronwyn is a Faculty Representative on the AUT Ethics Committee.

In 2013, Bronwyn was awarded a Health Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowship. This supported her doctoral studies investigating paramedic care of acute stroke and transient ischaemic attacks.

Teaching Areas:

  • Masters and Doctoral research supervision
  • Prehospital emergency care

Research Areas:

  • Stroke/TIA
  • Cardiac
  • Epidemiology
  • Falls and community care
  • Emergency Healthcare Research
  • Health Economics


PhD Thesis:

Journal papers:

  • Tunnage B, Swain A, & Waters D.  (2015) Regulating our emergency care paramedics.  New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1421): 55-58.
  • Morrison, T.A. & Tunnage B. (2014). Reporting Māori Participation in Paramedic Education and the EMS Workforce in New Zealand. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. 11(5).
  • Tunnage, B (2014) Fostering a research culture in paramedicine: Selected proceedings from the 2011–201 Paramedic Research Forum at Auckland University of Technology. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. 11(5).
  • Wallen, R., Tunnage, B., & Wells, S.  (2013). The 12 lead ECG in the EMS setting: how electrode placement and paramedic gender are experienced by women.  Emergency Medicine Journal. doi:10.1136/emermed-2013-202826
  • Linck, P., Tunnage, B., Hughes, D.A., & Edwards, R.T. (2008) Charitable contributions to funding cancer services for children and young people in England and Wales. Journal of Child Health Care.12(2):156-68.
  • Hughes, D. A., Tunnage, B., & Yeo, S. T. (2005) Drugs for exceptionally rare diseases: do they deserve special status for funding?  Quarterly Journal of Medicine. 98:829-836.
  • Muntz, R., Edwards, R.T., Tunnage, B., Prys, C., & Roberts, G.W. (2005) Development of a Welsh Language Version of the EQ-5D Health-Related Quality of Life Measure.  Stage One: Translation.  The Psychologist in Wales. Issue 18:21-25


  • HRC Career Development Award
  • National Heart Foundation Small Project Grant
  • John Heberley Memorial Trophy for Distinction in Paramedicine