STUCON 2021: Panel Discussion – Learning to make our practice culturally safe


STUCON 2021 is an in-depth student conference that focuses on clinical best practice, education and research.

Aimed at undergraduate paramedic students, the conference offered an insight into current and emerging knowledge from across the globe. Speakers included a mix of students, researchers, educators and industry practitioners for a truly enlightening experience. STUCON 2021 was an online conference, hosted in July 2021.

Panel Discussion – Learning to make our practice culturally safe

Hosted by: Buck Reed

Panel: J.D. Heffern, Carlton Irving, Kaitlyn Krahe (she/they) and Kiara Bennett


Buck Reed Buck Reed is a Lecturer in Paramedicine at the Western Sydney University and a Registered Paramedic practicing in New South Wales. Buck is Chair of the NSW/ACT Committee of the Australasian College of Paramedicine. Buck has a strong interest in paramedic resilience, professionalism and education. He holds a Master of International Health Management and is completing a PhD focusing on paramedic registration and its impact on paramedic identity. Buck was the first rurally-based paramedic to receive a Churchill Fellowship and the first paramedic accepted to the NSW Health Rural Research Capacity Building Program.

J.D. Heffern J.D. Heffern is a Canadian Advanced Care Paramedic having served as a front-line paramedic and also within the developing community paramedicine scheme. Previously he worked as an Advanced Care Community Paramedic imbedded within a community family health team partnering and developing with other primary care providers. Currently J.D. serves as Chief of Paramedicine and Senior Advisor within Indigenous Services Canada – First Nation and Inuit Health Branch. His role is to research, design, educate, create policy and programming as it pertains to paramedicine and the role of Community Paramedics working in northern Canadian indigenous communities. Connect with J.D. on Twitter: jdheffern

Carlton Irving Carlton has been in the paramedic sector since 2003. He began as an off the street person with a first aid certificate and trained vocationally, then went to university. Throughout his career, Carlton has worked everything from patient transfers to rapid response, flight, expedition and offshore work. Carlton has also held educational roles in the vocational and tertiary sector along with educational roles in the vocational and tertiary sector.

Kaitlyn Krahe Originally from Naarm/Melbourne, Kait (she/they) is a paramedic based in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. Kait has been fortunate to work across a diverse range of beautiful places across their career including on Larrakia land, Jawoyn land and in Nhulunbuy. Kait is a content creator for Outback Responders and honours student with a strong interest in cultural safety, lifelong learning, critical allyship and gender affirming care.

Kiara Bennett Kiara is a young and proud Indigenous woman from Wollongong. Kiara is currently studying a bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine) at Western Sydney University. Kiara is in her second year and is really loving her studies!

Presented by Buck Reed, J.D. Heffern, Carlton Irving, Kaitlyn Krahe & Kiara Bennett



40 minutes
30th Aug 2021
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