Cathy Thomson

Research Fellow

Cathy Thomson is a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She has a BA (Sydney University) and an MA (UNSW). She has been actively involved in research in the field of community services, social care and carer issues for a number of years. Her research interests include access to health and community care services; the impact of informal care on employment, health and financial security; informal care and time use; aged care issues; and children’s services. Her expertise in the field of informal care has been recognised through the award of Australian Research Council grants where she is a co-Chief Investigator including:Time for Care, 2000, Identifying Isolated Carers, 2002, Negotiating Caring and Employment, 2004 and Young Carers, 2006. Her current research focuses carers and social inclusion and young carers. Cathy is a co-editor of the SPRC newsletter and a member of the UNSW Human Ethics Research Advisory Panel. She is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate supported by a research scholarship from the Australian Institute for Population Ageing at UNSW. Her research field is ‘Carers and the costs of care in an ageing society’.
 

 

Publications

Books
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Saunders PG; Thomson CM; Evans C, 2000, Social Change and Social Policy, Original, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
2000
Book Chapters
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Fry G; Thomson C; Hill T, 2013, '‘In sickness and in health’ and beyond: Reconciling work and care for a partner in Australia and England', in Combining Paid Work and Family Care: Policies and Experiences in International Perspective, pp. 183 - 200
2013
Hill T; Fisher KD; Thomson CM; Bittman MP, 2007, 'Caregivers and community service non-use in Australia', in Paoletti I (ed.), Family Caregiving of Older Disabled People: Relational and Institutional Issues, edn. Original, Nova Science Publications, New York, USA, pp. 359 - 392
2007
Bittman MP; Fast JE; Fisher KD; Thomson CM, 2004, 'Making the invisible visibile: the life and times of informal caregivers', in Folbre N; Bittman M (ed.), Family time: the social organization of care, Routledge Press, London, pp. 69 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203411650
2004
Bittman MP; Thomson CM, 2000, 'Invisible Support: The Determinants of Time Spent in Informal Care', in Volunteers and Volunteering, edn. Original, Federation Press, Leichhardt, NSW, pp. 98 - 112
2000
Fine MD; Thomson C, 1996, 'Beyond caring: informal care and the use of home support services by older people', in Sociology of aging - international perspectives, edn. Original, International Sociological Association, Melbourne, pp. 207 - 225
1996
Conference Papers
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Fisher KD; Bittman MP; Thomson CM; Hill PL, 2003, 'Why we should care about the daily activity schedules of adult carers', in Social Inclusion: Societal and Organizational Implications for Information Systems, Springer, New York, USA, presented at Social Inclusion, University of New South Wales, 09 July 2003 - 11 July 2003
2003
Conference Presentations
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Thomson C; Hill TL; Cass B, 2015, 'Carers and social inclusion in times of austerity', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC), UNSW Australia, 28 September 2015 - 30 September 2015
2015
Hill TL; Cass B; Hamilton M; Thomson C, 2013, 'From Citizen Worker to Citizen Carer: Rethinking social investment policies to promote social inclusion and social justice for carers', presented at International Sociological Association Research Committee 19 Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 22 August 2013 - 24 August 2013
2013
Cass B; Brennan DJ; Thomson CM; Adamson E; Hamilton M; Purcal C, 2011, 'Experiences of young carers and young adult carers: Life-course stage dimensions of caregiving and the implications for policy and practice', presented at Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Lincoln, UK, 01 March 2011
2011
Purcal C; Spooner CJ; Thomson CM, 2007, 'Implementation of the Facilitating Partner model in the Communities for Children program: early learnings', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2007, University of New South Wales, 11 July 2007 - 13 July 2007
2007
Journal articles
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Hill T; Thomson C, 2017, 'Revising social inclusion to take account of care', International Journal of Care and Caring, vol. 1, pp. 175 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/239788217x14939696857871
2017
Purcal C; Thomson CM; Spooner CJ, 2010, 'The Facilitating Partner Model in the Communities for Children Program: Feasibility and early lessons', Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Limited, vol. 16, pp. 51 - 67, http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=201008109;res=APAFT
2010
valentine K; Thomson CM; Antcliff G, 2009, 'Early childhood services and support for vulnerable families', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 44, pp. 195 - 213
2009
Hill T; Thomson CM; Bittman MP; Griffiths MJ, 2008, 'What kinds of jobs help carers combine care and employment?', Family Matters, vol. 80, pp. 27 - 32
2008
Bittman MP; Hill T; Thomson CM, 2007, 'The impact of caring on informal carer's employment, income and earnings: a longitudinal approach', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 42, pp. 255 - 272
2007
Brodaty H; Thomson CM; Thompson C; Fine M, 2005, 'Why caregivers of people with dementia and memory loss don`t use services', International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 20, pp. 537 - 546, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/gps.1322
2005
Bittman MP; Fisher KD; Hill PL; Thomson CM, 2005, 'The time cost of care', electronic International Journal of Time Use Research, vol. 2, pp. 54 - 66
2005
Saunders PG; Thomson CM; Evans C, 2001, 'Social Change and Economic Prosperity: Attitudes to growth and welfare', Just Policy: a journal of Australian social policy, pp. 4 - 15
2001
Fine MD; Panck ; Thomson CM, 2000, 'Coordinated and Integrated Human Service Delivery Model', Final Report
2000
Reports
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Hill TL; Thomson C; Raven M; Wong M; Cass B; Yeandle S; Buckner L, 2016, Carers and Social Inclusion - Summary Report, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Carers_and_Social_Inclusion__Summary_report.pdf
2016
Hill TL; Thomson C; Raven M; Wong M; Cass B; Yeandle S; Buckner L, 2016, Carers and Social Inclusion - Final Report, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Carers_and_Social_Inclusion__Final_report.pdf
2016
Thomson C; Hill TL, 2016, Older carers and social inclusion - Feedback report, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Older_Carers_and_Social_Inclusion__Feedback_report.pdf
2016
Thomson C; Hill T, 2016, Mid age carers and social inclusion - Feedback report, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/MidAge_Carers_and_Social_Inclusion__Feedback_report.pdf
2016
Thomson C; Hill TL, 2016, Young adult carers and social inclusion - Feedback report, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Young_Adult_Carers_and_Social_Inclusion__Feedback_report.pdf
2016
Cass B; Hill T; Thomson C, 2012, Care to Work? Expanding Choice and Access to Workforce Participation for Mature AgedWomen Carers, H C Coombs Policy Forum ANU, Canberra, https://devpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/public_policy_community/content/doc/Cass%20paper%2028-11.pdf
2012
Muir K; Katz I; Purcal C; Patulny R; Flaxman S; Abello D; Cortis N; Thomson CM; Oprea I; Wise S; Edwards B; Gray M; Hayes A, 2009, National Evaluation (2004-2008) of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy 2004-2009, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, Occassional Paper 24, http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/about/publicationsarticles/research/occasional/Documents/op24/op24.pdf
2009
Muir K; Katz I; Purcal C; Patulny R; Flaxman S; Abello D; Cortis N; Thomson CM; Oprea I; Wise S; Edwards B; Gray M; Hayes A, 2009, Appendix F: SFCS evaluation instruments [SFCS Evaluation], Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, Occassional Paper 24, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/SFCS_Evaluation_Appendix_F_EvaluationInstruments.pdf
2009
Hill T; Smyth C; Thomson C; Cass B, 2009, Young Carers: Their Characteristics and Geographical Distribution, National Youth Affairs Research Scheme, Canberra
2009
Purcal C; Thomson CM; Flaxman S; Abello D; Spooner CJ; Muir K; Chan SE, 2008, National evaluation (2004-2008) of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy 2004–2009, Appendix G: CFC Fieldwork Report, Prepared for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA internal report), Sydney, SPRC Report
2008
Thomson ; valentine K, 2007, Partnerships in early childhood program (final report on data collection round 1: process evaluation), 8/2007
2007
Thomson ; Valentine ; Patulny ; Fisher KR, 2006, Understanding the Local Service Network project: Families First South East Sydney (final report), 6/2006
2006
Thomson ; Hoffmann ; Fisher KR; Turnbull , 2006, Families First area review: South East Sydney (final report), 5/2006
2006
Thomson ; valentine ; Hoffmann ; Fisher KR, 2006, Families First area review: Orana Far West (final report), 3/2006
2006
Thomson CM; Katz I; Cortis N; Purcal C, 2005, Stronger Families and Communities Strategy: National Evaluation Framework, Report prepared for the Australian Government Department of Families and Community Services
2005
Thomson C; Fisher KR, 2003, Families First area review methodology, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, Families First area review methodology
2003
Fine M; Pancharatnam K; Thomson , 2000, Coordinated and integrated human service delivery models (final report), 1/2005
2000
Fisher KR; McHugh ; Thomson , 2000, The link between children's services and child protection (final report), 1/2000
2000