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Personal 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,  and delivered keynote addresses. 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. In 2017 Cate was the recipient of the ANZSWWER Social Work Educator Award.

Research Interests

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Cert IV in Training & Assessment

Bachelor of Social Work (with distinction)

Grad Cert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education

Bachelor of Arts (Social Welfare)

Grad Dip in Public Administration (with merit)

Master in Public Administration (with merit)

PhD, The University of Sydney

External positions

Member, ANZSWWER (Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research)

Member, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

Executive Committee Member, Gender and Education Association - UK

Member, HERDSA

Member, International Federation of Social Workers

Former Member, Social Justice Committee, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

Subject keywords

  • Intersectionality
  • Gender equity
  • Social work
  • Disability
  • Inclusion


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