Community conversations are structured, inclusive conversations that bring together a group of people to engage in meaningful conversation, share knowledge and ideas, and discuss solutions to complex problems. This article focuses on the methodological aspects of using community conversations as a research approach. Participants included paramedics, ambulance service managers, paramedicine students and paramedicine educators, who gathered at La Trobe University in Bendigo in February 2013 to attend a conference titled `Paramedic Education and Leadership. Conversations took place over three days, with participants spending around five hours discussing the key issues related to paramedicine student clinical placements. Three stages of community conversations are described, along with the participants? evaluation of the process, leading to the conclusion that community conversations are a valuable and effective way to bring together groups of people to discuss ideas and solutions to complex social problems.
Hickson, H., O'Meara, P., & Huggins, C. T. (2014). Engaging in community conversation: a means to improving the paramedicine student clinical placement experience. Action Research, 12(4), 410 - 425. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476750314546572