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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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Queensland, 31/12/2006
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), University of Queensland, 31/12/1998
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Queensland, 31/12/1996

Research

Research keywords

  • child sexual abuse
  • community wellbeing
  • connection
  • empathy
  • equity
  • family disadvantage
  • resilience

Research expertise

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

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Family Action Centre - University of Newcastle
  • Member - Design Team : Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
  • Member - New Investigators Network : Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

Appointments

Equity Ambassador for Community Wellbeing
University of Newcastle (Australia)
01/03/2015

Awards

Recognition.

2014Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year Award
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year Award: Dr Tamara Blakemore, Dr Amanda Howard and Ms Kerrell Bourne, A collaboration between the social work discipline, the Family Action Centre and Morisset High School – fostered by Head of School, Education Professor, John Fischetti – saw the placement of a fourth year social work student in a local high school. The aim was to strengthen ties between secondary and tertiary education, identify industry links and improve relationships within the school community. This was achieved in partnership with the student social worker, academic staff and undergraduate researchers who delivered an innovative, research-informed project capturing opinions on the people, places and practices that matter in the Morisset community. Results of this project were displayed in a community exhibition, highlighting the potential for work-integrated learning opportunities to provide tangible impacts and innovation for the Hunter Region.
2013Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year - Highly Commended:
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year - Highly Commended: Amanda Howard and Tamara Blakemore,
2012Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year Award
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year Award with Lou Johnston

Invitations

Examining potential risk factors, pathways and processes associated with childhood injury in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (preliminary findings),
Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2005
Examining potential risk factors, pathways and processes associated with childhood injury in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children * full report,
Australian Social Policy Research Centre, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2005
Examining the relative influence of social, economic, environmental and family risk factors associated with childhood injury in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children,
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2005
Measurement of the socio-economic position of families in LSAC and HILDA
Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated , Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2006
Profiling child care arrangements over time, presented at the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Conference, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2007
Capital in context: Profiling the developmental contexts of children across a socio-economic gradient
Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2008
Capital in context: Profiling the developmental contexts of children across a socio-economic gradient
Children, Communities Connections Conference, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2008
“Whom do we reach?” Exploring the health and community service utilization of Australian families with young children,
Australian Social Policy Research Centre, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2009
Parenting in place: exploring parenting behaviours and socioeconomic position in the context of neighbourhoods
Australian Social Policy Research Centre, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2009
Measuring family disadvantage in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Conference, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2009
Trajectories of family disadvantage in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2010
Family wellbeing and responding to disadvantage: A strengths perspective
Family Strengths and Assets Summit, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2010
Research in a complex world: Reflections on research in a social policy setting
Australian Social Policy Research Centre, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2011
‘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.
Australian Social Policy Conference, , Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2013
Contexts Matter
ANZATSA, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2014
What is happening to our Youth? Sturm und Drang & Adolescent Crisis
The Mater Hospital , Australia (Invited Presenter)
2014

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • clinical skills
  • research
  • social work theory and practice
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Highlighted Publications

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

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]

Publications

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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 grants7
Total funding$121,750

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2015 (1 grants)

Hunter Prelude Supported Playgroup Program Evaluation$15,000
Funding Body: Hunter Prelude

Project Team
Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Mrs Miriam Bevis
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020152015
GNo:G1500564

2014 (5 grants)

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)

Project Team
Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore
SchemeRole
Natural Disaster Social ResearchInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$35,00020142014
GNo:G1400534

Social Work$30,000
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
SchemeRole
Research Programme 2014Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,00020142014
GNo:G1400923

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

SchemeRole
Tendered FundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020142014
GNo:189987489

Evaluation of Financial Sustainability Project: Hunter Early Childhood Intervention Services$10,000
Funding Body: Department of Family and Community Services

Project Team
Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Meaghan Katrak, Mrs Miriam Bevis
SchemeRole
NSW Organisation Transition FundInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020142014
GNo:G1401007

PASSPORT Disability Program Evaluation$8,000
Funding Body: Port Stephens Council

Project Team
Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Mrs Miriam Bevis
SchemeRole
Port Stephens Community OptionsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,00020142014
GNo:G1400815

2012 (1 grants)

Getting by and getting ahead: Applied Social Work research in practice$3,750
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Tamara Blakemore
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,75020122012
GNo:G1201028
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.25

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20152019M Philosophy (Social Work)Co-SupervisorMale Counsellors in Sexual Assault Services - Is This the Future? An Exploration into the Views of Clients and Counsellors
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Dr Tamara Blakemore

Work Phone(02) 4921 2085
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSocial Work
Office
w230,
Behavioural Sciences,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/tamara-blakemore