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Dr Tamara Blakemore

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Social Work)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Tamara Blakemore is a social work lecturer and co-ordinator of the social work field-education program at the University of Newcastle. 

Tamara's framework for social work practice is grounded in an understanding of the complex and connected contexts that prompt, facilitate and  constrain the wellbeing of children, families and communities. Her research interests focus on the lived experience of disadvantage and the impact this has on intra and inter-personal processes, including the development of empathy, critical thinking and capacity for connection. In collaboration with Dr Amanda Howard, she has brought an awareness of the interconnected contexts of experience to build the evidence base for practice in relation to work with families with a child with a disability, individuals, families and communities in the context of natural disaster, and together with Ms Kerrell Bourne at the Family Action Centre, the moments of connection that matter for young people in getting by and getting ahead. 

Prior to her employment at the University of Newcastle, Tamara’s work for the Federal Government was integral in the design and delivery of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, and the ABC documentary series ‘Life at One’ and has informed national social policy including the Family Support Program, the Paid Parental Leave scheme and Child Support Policy reform. Tamara’s doctoral thesis, inspired by her clinical work explored the occurrence and outcomes of child sexual abuse in a large scale, longitudinal study of mothers and children in QLD. Tamara is a conjoint researcher with the University of South Australia, Australian Centre for Child Protection and a member of the Families and Children Expert Panel for the Federal Department of Social Services. In collaboration with Professor Fiona Arney and the Australian Centre for Child Protection is currently engaged in research for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. 

An experienced, creative and innovative social worker, Tamara brings practice wisdom; academic rigor; and a strong knowledge of practice to her teaching and academic role. Her innovation in action-learning approaches has been recognised by Work Integrated Learning Staff Member of the year awards in 2014 and 2012 and a Highly Commended award for the same in 2013. Tamara remains actively involved in clinical practice locally, facilitates regional practice forums, and is an engaged participant in local community events raising awareness and advocating for holistic responses to social issues. Tamara's passion for community engagement and commitment to social justice has been recognised in her recent appointment to the role of University of Newcastle, Equity Ambassador for Community Wellbeing.

Research Expertise
Research interests centre around the lived experience of disadvantage for children and families, child protection and resilience. 


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), University of Queensland

Keywords

  • child sexual abuse
  • clinical skills
  • community wellbeing
  • connection
  • empathy
  • equity
  • family disadvantage
  • research
  • resilience
  • social work theory and practice

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
25/07/2011 - 30/11/2011Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
1/04/2011 - 31/07/2011Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/02/2011 - 22/07/2011Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/06/2011 - Honorary Associate AppointmentMacquarie University
Australia
1/01/2010 - Conjoint AppointmentUniversity of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
1/01/2008 - Adjunct AppointmentUniversity of South Australia
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2007Visiting Fellow Australian National University
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2011 - Membership - Kidsafe HunterKidsafe Hunter
Australia
1/01/2011 - Membership - Family Action Centre University of NewcastleFamily Action Centre University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/2011 - Membership - Grow Strong Project Advisory BoardGrow Strong Project Advisory Board
Australia
1/01/2008 - 31/12/2010Membership - New Investigators Network : Australian Research Alliance for Children and YouthNew Investigators Network : Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
Australia
1/01/2004 - 31/12/2008Membership - Design Team : Longitudinal Study of Australian ChildrenDesign Team : Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
Australia

Awards

Recognition

YearAward
2014Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year Award
University of Newcastle
2013Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year - Highly Commended:
University of Newcastle
2012Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year Award
University of Newcastle

Invitations

Participant

YearTitle / Rationale
2013‘I’m not really sure but I hope it’s better”. Early thoughts of parents and carers on person and family centred care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Organisation: Australian Social Policy Conference, Description: Invited conference presentation with Amanda Howard, Lou Johnston, Darleen Taylor and Rahni Dibley
2011Research in a complex world: Reflections on research in a social policy setting
Organisation: Australian Social Policy Research Centre Description: Blakemore, T., Shipley, M., & Esler, M. (2011) “Research in a complex world: Reflections on research in a social policy setting” to be presented at the Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney.
2010Family wellbeing and responding to disadvantage: A strengths perspective
Organisation: Family Strengths and Assets Summit Description: Esler, M., & Blakemore, T. (2010) “Family wellbeing and responding to disadvantage: A strengths perspective” presented at the Family Strengths and Assets Summit, Newcastle.
2010Trajectories of family disadvantage in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
Organisation: Australian Institute of Family Studies Description: Blakemore, T., Shipley, M., & Zubrick, S. (2010) “Trajectories of family disadvantage in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children” presented at the Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.
2009Measuring family disadvantage in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
Organisation: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Conference Description: Blakemore, T., Shipley, M., Zubrick, S., Waters, S. (2009) “Measuring family disadvantage in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children” presented at the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children conference, Melbourne.
2009Parenting in place: exploring parenting behaviours and socioeconomic position in the context of neighbourhoods
Organisation: Australian Social Policy Research Centre Description: Shipley, M., & Blakemore, T. (2009) "Parenting in place: exploring parenting behaviours and socioeconomic position in the context of neighbourhoods" presented at the Australian Social Policy Research Conference, Sydney.
2009 “Whom do we reach?” Exploring the health and community service utilization of Australian families with young children,
Organisation: Australian Social Policy Research Centre Description: Blakemore, T., & Shipley, M. (2009) “Whom do we reach?” Exploring the health and community service utilization of Australian families with young children, presented at the Australian Social Policy Research Conference, Sydney.
2008Capital in context: Profiling the developmental contexts of children across a socio-economic gradient
Organisation: Children, Communities Connections Conference Description: Blakemore, T. (2008) Capital in context: Profiling the developmental contexts of children across a socio-economic gradient, presented at the Children, Communities Connections Conference, Adelaide.
2008Capital in context: Profiling the developmental contexts of children across a socio-economic gradient
Organisation: Australian Institute of Family Studies Description: Blakemore, T. (2008) Capital in context: Profiling the developmental contexts of children across a socio-economic gradient, presented at the Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne.
2007 Profiling child care arrangements over time, presented at the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
Organisation: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Conference Description: Blakemore, T. (2007) Profiling child care arrangements over time, presented at the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Conference, Melbourne.
2006Measurement of the socio-economic position of families in LSAC and HILDA
Organisation: Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated Description: Blakemore, T., Gibbings, J., & Strazdins, L. (2006) Measurement of the socio-economic position of families in LSAC and HILDA, presented at the ACSPRI Methodology Conference, Sydney.
2005Examining the relative influence of social, economic, environmental and family risk factors associated with childhood injury in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children,
Organisation: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth Description: Blakemore, T. (2005) Examining the relative influence of social, economic, environmental and family risk factors associated with childhood injury in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, presented at the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) conference.
2005Examining potential risk factors, pathways and processes associated with childhood injury in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children * full report,
Organisation: Australian Social Policy Research Centre Description: Blakemore, T. (2005) Examining potential risk factors, pathways and processes associated with childhood injury in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children * full report, presented at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) Conference, Sydney.
2005Examining potential risk factors, pathways and processes associated with childhood injury in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (preliminary findings),
Organisation: Australian Institute of Family Studies Description: Blakemore, T. (2005) Examining potential risk factors, pathways and processes associated with childhood injury in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (preliminary findings), presented at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Conference, Melbourne.

Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2014What is happening to our Youth? Sturm und Drang & Adolescent Crisis
Organisation: The Mater Hospital Description: Invited Presenter The Mater Hospital - Psychiatry Grand Rounds
2014Contexts Matter
Organisation: ANZATSA Description: Invited Presenter - ANZATSA Symposium - Parliament House Focussed on the issue of institutional sexual abuse as a complex and varied problem that in recent times – with much support from the Royal Commission – has come to the forefront of Australian society as opposed to remaining hidden, covered up or simply ignored. This symposium will bring together a variety of speakers covering numerous topics and sectors, ranging from: ? perpetrators in positions of authority ? young people who engage in sexually abusive behaviour in residential care ? the role of institutions and organisations not only as enablers of abuse, but also being held accountable and responsible for the prevention of abuse.
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Blakemore TJ, Gibbings J, Strazdins L, 'Measurement of the socio-economic position of families', Australian Social Policy (Canberra), 2009 121-169 (2009) [C1]
2006Blakemore TJ, 'Examining potential risk factors, pathways and processes associated with childhood injury in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children', Australian Social Policy (Canberra), 2006 27-52 (2006) [C1]

Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Blakemore TJ, 'Examining potential risk factors, pathways and processes associated with childhood injury in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children' (2005) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants8
Total funding$191,750

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20151 grants / $15,000

Hunter Prelude Supported Playgroup Program Evaluation$15,000

Funding body: Hunter Prelude

Funding bodyHunter Prelude
Project TeamDoctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Mrs Miriam Bevis
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500564
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20146 grants / $173,000

Social Work$90,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamProfessor Mel Gray, Doctor Kylie Agllias, Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Leanne Schubert, Doctor Milena Heinsch, Doctor Kate Davies, Ms Tiani Hetherington
SchemeResearch Programme 2014
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400923
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Identifying risk perceptions, level of preparedness and communication channels / barriers for `at risk’ communities in respect to natural disasters$35,000

Funding body: Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environment Management Strategy (NCCREMS)

Funding bodyHunter and Central Coast Regional Environment Management Strategy (NCCREMS)
Project TeamDoctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore
SchemeNatural Disaster Social Research
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400534
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

Impacts of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on Victims / Survivors: A Rapid Review of Research Findings$20,000

Funding body: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Funding bodyRoyal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Project Team
SchemeTendered Funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Evaluation of Financial Sustainability Project: Hunter Early Childhood Intervention Services$10,000

Funding body: Department of Family and Community Services

Funding bodyDepartment of Family and Community Services
Project TeamDoctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Meaghan Katrak, Mrs Miriam Bevis
SchemeNSW Organisation Transition Fund
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401007
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Evaluation of Financial Sustainability Project: Hunter Early Childhood Intervention Services$10,000

Funding body: Department of Family and Community Services

Funding bodyDepartment of Family and Community Services
Project TeamDoctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Meaghan Katrak, Mrs Miriam Bevis
SchemeNSW Organisation Transition Fund
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401007
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

PASSPORT Disability Program Evaluation$8,000

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding bodyPort Stephens Council
Project TeamDoctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Mrs Miriam Bevis
SchemePort Stephens Community Options
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400815
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

20121 grants / $3,750

Getting by and getting ahead: Applied Social Work research in practice$3,750

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Tamara Blakemore
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1201028
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Male Counsellors in Sexual Assault Services - Is This the Future? An Exploration into the Views of Clients and Counsellors
Social Work, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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News

Preparing communities for natural disaster

Preparing communities for natural disasters

May 6, 2014

University of Newcastle research prepares 'at risk' communities for natural disasters

Dr Tamara Blakemore

Position

Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Social Work

Contact Details

Emailtamara.blakemore@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 2085

Office

Roomw230
BuildingBehavioural Sciences
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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