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Confirmation of Candidature - Candidate : Lisa Hobbs

Women in Paramedicine: Exploring the Experiences of Female Paramedics in Australia Through Creative Research Methods
24 NOV 2022
10.30 AM - 12.00 PM

In the past 4 decades ambulance service culture in Australia has moved from being male dominated, to accepting female paramedic recruits, to the majority to base level paramedics now being women. The lived experiences of women who have worked within the discipline of paramedicine in Australia are anecdotal or unreported. A Mixed Methods approach (explanatory sequential design) utilising the subsets of Creative Arts Based Research and Constructivist Grounded Theory for the qualitative component, has been selected for this study as this will enable the researcher to build a comprehensive understanding of the experiences and perspectives of Australian female paramedics who have been a part of this gradual feminisation of Australian ambulance service culture. 
The quantitative component consists of an online survey which gathers participant demographics and begins to collect data specific to participant experiences and perceptions about opportunities, challenges and advantages of women working in this traditionally male dominated workplace. Identification of quantitative results requiring further exploration will be identified during the data analysis of the quantitative phase, which will then guide the qualitative phase of the study to explore the rich and deep experiences of women working in the Australian paramedic profession. As there are no identifiable studies on these types of experiences of Australian female paramedics, this study has potential to generate new knowledge and to fill a gap in paramedicine literature.

For more information or zoom link, please email the Graduate Research School or phone (07) 4631 1088.  The zoom links are included in the ReDTrain Bulletin.