Hiding in Plain Sight: LGBT Inclusivity in a Regional University’s Paramedic Curriculum

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Background: One of the goals of entry to profession healthcare education is ensuring that graduates from the respective professional qualification are able to provide health care to a wide range of patient populations, and to be able to do this is a culturally safe manner. To achieve this goal, it is imperative that the learning environment be inclusive and accepting of students who may belong to visible and non-visible minorities, thus ensuring the best chance of success for these students, whilst also modelling inclusivity for all members of society. This is particularly significant in relation to this topic in regional areas due to the conservative nature of regional and rural settings.
Methods: Semi-structured interviews were also held with 5 participants to enable collection of in-depth data of the impact that this discrimination has in relation to inclusivity and the delivery of patient care. Constructivist grounded theory methods were utilized to code the interviews and to identify themes.
Findings: A consistent theme that emerged from the analysis of the interviews was a sense of ‘invisibility’ in the curriculum. In some instances there was an awareness of LGBTQI issues, however this tended to be expressed moreso by participants who identified as a member of the LGBTQI community. There was also a degree of conscious avoidance, a form of wilful blindness, to perhaps avoid having to address their own bias towards LGBTQIA+ patients.
Conclusions: Our research suggests that there is a need to integrate LGBTQI patients into the simulated clinical setting to not only normalize the experience of providing clinical care to members of the LGBTQI community, but to also demonstrate to paramedic students who identify as LGBTQI that they are a valued member of the student community.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 11 Nov 2022
EventCelebrating the impact of regional research and education - Paranaple Arts Centre, Devonport, Australia
Duration: 10 Nov 202211 Nov 2022


ConferenceCelebrating the impact of regional research and education
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