Dr Kay Thomas

Dr Kay Thomas

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Kay L. Thomas PhD. I was born in a small country town in 1949 in North Queensland. My father was a timber cutter and my mother a school teacher. I studied Social Work at the University of Queensland, sociology at the University of Copenhagen and completed a Doctorate researching the causes of low birthweight, using data from a longitudinal study from the Mater Hospital Brisbane. My earliest experience was in the mental health sector in Denmark, working with very talented and inspirational people. After returning to Australia in 1980, I again worked in mental health before teaching social work at the University of Queensland and (in my spare time) helping to set up (HACC- Home and Community Care) services for people looking after a loved one in the home. Services of this nature were very sparse across remote areas of the state. This organization has since become national – Carers Australia. There was a significant reform of the Justice System by the Queensland State Government following the Fitzgerald Enquiry into police corruption in 1989. As Director of Crime Prevention Research at the Queensland University of Technology, I conducted evaluations for projects such as Queensland Police Service Police Beat Program and the Queensland Police Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Police Liaison Scheme. Again I found myself working with marvelous professionals on all sides. I received the Dean of Law's Award from Professor David Gardiner for Community Contribution to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Police Liaison Scheme. I have also been very interested in research into schizophrenia and was privileged to know personally Professors Sarnoff Mednick (University of Southern California) and Matti Huttunen (Helsinki) who were pioneers in biomedical research into schizophrenia. In recent years I have become interested in different forms of consciousness, especially relating to the dreaming, how we experience alternative forms of consciousness throughout our lives and how this is related to forms of mental illness. I am now living in a small country town in Queensland engaged in writing, community work and education. Recent Books: Thomas, K.L., Out-of-Body Awareness, Prometheus Publishers, Helsinki, 2009. Thomas, K.L., The Path of Life and of the Soul, Prometheus Publishers, Helsinki, 2010. Website: http://outofbodyawareness.com Sydney Conference Paper: Dreams and the Dreaming: Out-of-Body Awareness and The Legacy of Jung and Steiner http://outofbodyawareness.com/component/content/article/35-articles/75-dreams-and-the- dreaming.html Stockholm Paper: Australian Indigenous People’s Dreaming Consciousness http://outofbodyawareness.com/component/content/article/35-articles/76-stockholm-paper.html