ACPIC 2022: Understanding Paramedics’ Experiences of Everyday Racism in Australia


Australasian College of Paramedicine International Conference (ACPIC 2022)

ACPIC 2022 delivered a wide range of clinical and research sessions from experts and leaders in paramedicine. Hosted in Brisbane (September 2022) the program was designed to inspire, educate and broaden horizons.

Conference theme: Embracing Strengths | Shaping Futures

Understanding Paramedics’ Experiences of Everyday Racism in Australia

Paramedics originate from diverse backgrounds; however, minority groups remain underrepresented, disadvantaged and discriminated in the job. Racism experienced by paramedics is largely unexamined, with its form, frequency and perpetrators unknown. This study aimed to report on the impact of lived and witnessed racism by paramedics working in Australia. Pavani will be telling the stories of paramedics from across the country who have experienced or witnessed everyday racism on the job. This session will discuss how and why these incidences continue to occur by exploring the training, culture, environment and support systems available to Australian paramedics.

Biography: Pavani Subramaniam

Paramedic honours graduate from Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, in 2022. Pavani has recently completed research in discrimination faced by paramedics, particularly racism. Her research aims to understand how diversity is represented and treated in paramedicine, as well as the pathways and support offered to paramedics. Pavani hopes to gain employment as a paramedic as she continues her research in cultural competency within the profession

Moderator: Craig Campbell, Senior Lecturer, Postgraduate Course Coordinator, School of Medicine / Discipline of Paramedicine, University of Tasmania

Presented by Pavani Subramaniam



19 minutes
17th Oct 2022
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