Author Biography

Caroline Spencer BA(Hons), PhD

Caroline's current research interests in culturally diverse communities have evolved from previous academic successes (BA Hons) in anthropology at LaTrobe University, Australia in 1996, and subsequent doctoral studies in anthropology at Monash University in 2000.

Caroline has over fifteen years experience as a community-based educator, in addition to her teaching role at Monash University Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice (DCEHPP) since 2000, and more recently with the Health Sciences Program at the university's Peninsula campus. Caroline is currently undertaking funded research in collaboration with Ambulance Services Victoria to identify cultural issues that may impact on paramedic care in acute health events. Research results are intended to inform the community and paramedic training, and to improve health outcomes for patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Caroline is a member of the Inclusive Practices Workplace Equity Committee at Monash University and a member of the Bayside Health Cultural Diversities Committee. She has presented her work at both national and international conferences.


Paramedic education and training on cultural diversity: conventions underpinning practice

Guest Editorial

A prehospital perspective of 'Cultural Competency in Health: A guide for policy, partnership and participation'. National Health and Medical Research Council, Commonwealth of Australia. 2005

Book Reviews

Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo'. Pat Bazeley. Sage Publications Limited; 2007

Conference Reports

Diversity in Health 2005: it's everybody's business

Respecting Culture and Diversity: Innovations in Healthcare service delivery