Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Cate Thomas

Dr Cate Thomas

BA, BSW, GradCertLearn&TeachHigherEd, GradDipPA, MPAdmin, PhD.

Profile

Dr Cate Thomas has a diverse working and academic career in health, human services, leadership and management which is reflected in her qualifications in the human services, education and business/management areas. Cate is a dynamic leader and strategic thinker. She has demonstrated leadership and influence in the academic, government, and non-government arenas holding key positions such as Manager Research to Practice in NSW government, has worked as a private social policy consultant undertaking consultancy into childcare models,  delivered keynote addresses, and is now a Course Director in the Faculty of Science (previously in the Faculty of Arts and Education). Cate is passionate about education, lifelong learning and quality curricula, and with industry and academic experience is able to deliver authentic and evidenced-informed curricula and education to students.

Cate completed her PhD at Sydney University in 2011 on the topic The Research Utilisation Nexus: Putting Research into Practice. (An examination of research to practice utilisation in a child welfare context in New South Wales). She is passionate about evidence-informed practice in the human services field and received a NSW Premier's Silver Award in 2008 for her work in the research to practice area. She also received a Social Media Presence Award in 2016 from the  Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) for raising awareness and debates around inclusion, advocacy and social justice issues.

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Research interests

  • Evidence-informed practice
  • Child welfare
  • Organisational learning and development
  • Social Justice and Social policy
  • Disability
  • Service Delivery Issues in Regional Australia

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Publications

  • Thomas, C. (2017). Hidden Disability. Social Work Focus, 2, 1.
  • Thomas, C.J., Short, M, and Barton, H. (2016) (under- review Australian Social Work) 'Making the invisible visible' in practice and education.
  • Thomas, Catherine Jane. 2016. A Post Publication Review of "Enhancing client welfare through better communication of private mental health data between rural service providers". 2016 20: doi: 10.3127/ajis.v20i0.1343. 
  • Thomas, C. J.  (2014)  Are you a scholar or a Seeker? A New Typology in the Research to Practice Continuum. In preparation.
  • Thomas, C. (2011). The research utilisation nexus: putting research into practice: an examination of research utilisation in a child welfare practice context in New South Wales. University of Sydney.
  • NSW Department of Community Services (2008). Practice Guide: Accessing and using research and evidence-based information. Sydney. (Coordinator and co-contributor).
  • Fernandez, P. & Thomas, C. (1994) "The view from the street: a working knowledge of intellectual disability" in Brennan, M., & Brennan, R. Cleartalk: Police Responding to Intellectual Disability, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW. (Utilised by the NSW Police Service for training in responding effectively to people with a disability).

 

Seminars/Conference presentations

  • ANZSWWER annual symposium 2017 - The eco-social approach to social work curricula – a live example
  • ANZSWWER annual symposium 2017 - Human Services at a Watershed
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Australasian Symposium 2017 - Outing Disability Panel Discussant
  • Social Workers in Disability Conference 'Maximising Diversity, Engagement and Inclusion' 2016: Paper - Inclusion and people living with hidden disabilities
  • ANZSWWER annual symposium 2016 - 'Making the invisible visible' in practice and education.
  • NSW Ministry of Health - Official Visitors Conference Workshop: What do we need? How can we grow doing what we do? 2016
  • CSU HRD Research Seminar – Undertaking organisational Research - 2015
  • Keynote Speaker Creating Impact Through Innovation Forum November 2014.
  • Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2014
  • The Research Utilisation Nexus: Putting Research into Practice. Sydney University 2010.
  • The Research Utilisation Nexus: Putting Research into Practice. An examination of research utilisation in a child welfare practice context in New South Wales. Sydney University 2008.
  • The Pathway to Best Practice, Sydney 2007.
  • Australian Institute of Criminology/Charles Sturt University - Crime and Justice in Regional Australia, 1996.
  • Department of School Education - Disability Legislation and its ramifications 1996.
  • NSW Law Reform Commission (various in Sydney, Wollongong & Canberra) - Intellectual Disability and the Criminal Justice System 1993-1995.
  • National Council on Intellectual Disability Conference 1993 - Co-operative Contracting Model.

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Professional Memberships

  • Member International Federation of Social Workers
  • Member Institute of Public Administration Australia
  • Member Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
  • Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

Community Memberships

  • Member Governance Advisory Committee (GAC) for the Listen Acknowledge Respond (LAR) project

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Awards

  • Social Work Educator Award 2017 Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER)
  • The Australian College of Educators World Teachers' Day Award for 2017 for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science Degree CSU
  • Social Media Presence Award 2016 Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) for raising awareness and debates around inclusion, advocacy and social justice issues.
  • NSW Premiers Silver Award 2008 for excellence award for opportunity and fairness by promoting research utilisation and evidence-based practice through the Research to Practice Program.

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