No Echo in the Ghetto : Lived Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Paramedics in Australia

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Clarkson, Georgia (2014) No Echo in the Ghetto : Lived Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Paramedics in Australia. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


Paramedicine is a relative newcomer to academia, with paramedic education programs existing in Australian universities since the turn of the century. As such, minimal research exists into the experience of paramedics in general. Gay and Lesbian people are an under researched minority group within the workplace, despite their high participation rates in employment. This research sets out to redress the gap in the literature by investigating the current workplace experience of Gay and Lesbian paramedics in Australia. Using a qualitative approach informed by a bricolage of critical theory and hermeneutic phenomenology, the experiences of inclusion and marginalisation of participants was explored. Experiences of the accounts of the hidden population of 10 Gay and Lesbian paramedic participants provide the first known account of the culture of the paramedic workplace in Australia from a non-heteronormative perspective. Participant experiences also give form to the impacts of practices that exclude and marginalise Gay and Lesbian people in the paramedics’ workplace.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords ambulance services, homosexuals, homosexuality, paramedics, gay rights, impacts, identity, workforce culture, stereotypes, patients, patient-centred care, education, inclusion, equity, management, managerial support, Australia
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