Lynette Fernandes, SFHEA

Associate Professor, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M510), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Lynette completed her PhD at UWA before taking up postdoctoral positions at The Johns Hopkins University. On returning to UWA, she continued her research in respiratory pharmacology, with an emphasis on airway nerve function and modulation; the effects of respiratory viral infection and allergic airways disease on airway inflammation; remodeling and hyperresponsiveness. Lynette was part of a nation-wide team that secured funding from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) for a project entitled “Ensuring quality graduates of Pharmacology”. She has developed a program in responsible conduct in learning and research that is now embedded within Pharmacology and Medical Research Honours curricula. Lynette led the development and implementation of the multi-disciplinary ethics unit, Social Responsibility in Action SCIE2100 that is available to undergraduate students across UWA. She also developed the ASCEPT Mentoring Program.  Lynette received the ASCEPT Teaching Excellence Award.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Roles and responsibilities

Chair, School of Biomedical Sciences Curriculum Oversight Sub-committee

School of Biomedical Sciences Learning and Teaching Committee member

Academic Board member

Academic Quality and Standards Committee member

Appeals Committee member

UWA Academic Fellowship Scheme Steering Group member

Mentor, UWA Academic Fellowship Scheme

Employability Community of Practice member

Funding overview

Australian Learning and Teaching Council
National Health and Medical Research Council
Western Australian Institute for Medical Research
Athelstan and Amy Saw Bequest
Asthma Foundation of Western Australia
Arnold Yeldham and Mary Raine Medical Research Foundation of Western Australia

Previous positions

Chair, ASCEPT Education Forum (2014 - 2017)
ASCEPT Director / Councillor (2014 - 2017, 2008 - 2009, 2011)
ASCEPT Mentoring Program Convenor (2008 - 2013)

Current projects

Core concepts in pharmacology education

The impact of a multi-disciplinary ethics unit on student ethical perceptions
Student attitudes towards pharmacology practicals
Benchmarking the pharmacology major
Evaluating the pharmacology content in the MD

Teaching overview

PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology
PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology (unit coordinator)
PHAR3321 Systems Pharmacology Methods
SCIE2100 Social Responsibility in Action (unit coordinator)

BMED4004 Medical Research Ethics and Clinical Rationale (unit coordinator)


Lynette is interested in:
- improving pharmacology teaching and learning in science and health-related courses
- increasing awareness, knowledge and critical thinking with respect to ethical issues
- gaining a better understanding of mechanisms involved in asthma



Education/Academic qualification

Education, Certificate in Medical Education, Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)

External positions

Education Forum Executive Committee member, Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists

IUPHAR Education Section Executive Committee member

Industry keywords

  • Education
  • Medicine and Pharma

Research expertise keywords

  • Education
  • Ethics Education
  • Respiratory pharmacology
  • Responsible conduct of research


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