Dr Cathy Day, SI Associate

Cathy Day

Dr Cathy Day is an experienced anthropologist with a Defence background, and has a wealth of experience in project management and community development in Australia and overseas. Her skills include quantitative and qualitative research, conflict resolution, and resource and people management. Cathy is a ninth generation soldier, with her family serving in the Australian and British Armies. Her daughter continues the tradition and recently served in Malaysia and Afghanistan. Cathy joined the Australian Regular Army as an officer in the Directorate of Military Intelligence in Canberra, after having served in the Australian Army Reserve for a number of years.

Click here to read about Cathy’s Defence experience in Canberra, at the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, Alice Springs, and on deployment in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.

In her current role as a Senior Research Officer in the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Cathy manages a large National Health and Medical Research Council funded partnership project on social inequalities in cardiovascular disease. Cathy is charged with developing all required ethics applications, and with managing and interpreting extremely large datasets.          Dr Cathy Day in face to face interview in Wiltshire 

Earlier statistically related positions were as Senior Manager in the Data Analytics and Intelligence Section at Medicare, and as tutor to the ‘Sociology of Health’ course at the University of Canberra. This position entailed teaching qualitative methods to sociology and nursing undergraduates.

Prior to re-joining academia in 2014, Cathy was a consultant with BeaconHill Australia. The focus of BeaconHill is on civic planning and community consultation for major projects. She organised consultative processes, ran design competitions, managed publicity and prepared reports for a wide range of civic planning projects, and negotiated with relevant members of the Australian Federal Parliament. Recent successful projects include the National Workers Memorial and the Department of Employment’s Experience Plus Work Ready program in Auburn, Sydney.


Click here to read Cathy's fuller career history, and click here to read about Cathy's qualifications, publications and language skills.


Cathy has lived and worked in Australia, Papua New Guinea, India, East Timor and the UK. Cathy is a native speaker of English a limited speaker of Tok Pisin and Bislama, she has unfortunately forgotten most of the Indonesian she ever knew, but, undeterred, Cathy is now learning Hindi and Urdu!

                  Dr Cathy Day with children at Mayapuri
                           Images:  [Above] Cathy conducting a face-to-face interview in Wiltshire, United Kingdom.
                                           [Below] Cathy teaching students in English in Mayapuri, India.