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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

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
25/07/2011 - 30/11/2011 Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
1/04/2011 - 31/07/2011 Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/02/2011 - 22/07/2011 Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/06/2011 -  Honorary Associate Appointment Macquarie University
Australia
1/01/2010 -  Conjoint Appointment University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
1/01/2008 -  Adjunct Appointment University of South Australia
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2007 Visiting Fellow Australian National University
Australia

Membership

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

Awards

Recognition

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

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / 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
2011 Research 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.
2010 Family 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.
2010 Trajectories 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.
2009 Measuring 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.
2009 Parenting 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.
2008 Capital 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.
2008 Capital 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.
2006 Measurement 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.
2005 Examining 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.
2005 Examining 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.
2005 Examining 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

Year Title / Rationale
2014 What is happening to our Youth? Sturm und Drang & Adolescent Crisis
Organisation: The Mater Hospital Description: Invited Presenter The Mater Hospital - Psychiatry Grand Rounds
2014 Contexts 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Blakemore TJ, Gibbings J, Strazdins L, 'Measurement of the socio-economic position of families', Australian Social Policy (Canberra), 2009 121-169 (2009) [C1]
2006 Blakemore 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 Blakemore 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 grants 8
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 body Hunter Prelude
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Mrs Miriam Bevis
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500564
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20146 grants / $173,000

Social Work$90,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Professor Mel Gray, Doctor Kylie Agllias, Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Leanne Schubert, Doctor Milena Heinsch, Doctor Kate Davies, Ms Tiani Hetherington
Scheme Research Programme 2014
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400923
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environment Management Strategy (NCCREMS)
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore
Scheme Natural Disaster Social Research
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400534
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

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 body Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Project Team
Scheme Tendered Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

Funding body: Department of Family and Community Services

Funding body Department of Family and Community Services
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Meaghan Katrak, Mrs Miriam Bevis
Scheme NSW Organisation Transition Fund
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401007
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

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

Funding body: Department of Family and Community Services

Funding body Department of Family and Community Services
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Meaghan Katrak, Mrs Miriam Bevis
Scheme NSW Organisation Transition Fund
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401007
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

PASSPORT Disability Program Evaluation$8,000

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding body Port Stephens Council
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Mrs Miriam Bevis
Scheme Port Stephens Community Options
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400815
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

20121 grants / $3,750

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tamara Blakemore
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201028
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Male 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

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

Office

Room w230
Building Behavioural Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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