Sally Hanna-Osborne is in her third year of PhD candidature in Work and Organisational Studies investigating the employment and career experiences of women paramedics. She has a keen interest in research which explores the working lives of women in male-dominated workplaces and the impact of masculine cultures on women’s capacity for career achievement and organisational contribution, and their health and wellbeing both within and outside the workplace. Sally has been working in employment relations research and practice since 2010, including currently as a Research Assistant and Tutor within Work and Organisational Studies, and previously in policy in the Victorian and NSW State Governments.
The employment and career experiences of women paramedics
The paramedic occupation in Australia was exclusively male for most of the 20th century. Whilst ambulance services today are still male-dominated, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of women working as paramedics in recent decades. Despite this, very little research has been undertaken on women paramedics’ work and careers. This PhD seeks to address this void through a qualitative case study of an Australian ambulance service. The research aims to explore the experiences of women paramedics in a male-dominated occupation, throughout various stages of their employment including entry, training and development, career breaks, and advancement (or otherwise) to senior operational and corporate leadership roles.