I have over 27 years’ experience in the public health and community service sectors, in strategic planning, project and program management, research and evaluation, consulting, tertiary education and workforce development.
I am an experienced consultant, having worked on various health and community consulting projects across 27 years as an independent consultant, through employment roles in the university sector and through my previous role as Director (Research & Evaluation) with Health Outcomes International. I have completed consultancy assignments in Australia and Switzerland, for state and national governments, the private sector and NGOs. I am currently Associate Professor (academic status) at the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University.
I am experienced at governance and organisational reviews, strategic and operational policy reviews, public health research and evaluation, health and community services program and project evaluations, program reviews, systematic reviews of evidence, literature reviews, qualitative research (focus groups, interviews and document analysis), teaching and curriculum development, workforce development and training resources, strategic and business planning and needs assessments.
My consultancy worked is supported by my skills, knowledge, and education including a PhD (Public Health), BA (Hons) Sociology (with Sociology and Psychology double major) and Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management. My experience includes being in senior roles in academia, government and the private sector across many years.
I have undertaken extensive research and evaluation consulting work in the fields of: mental health and suicide prevention, disability, carers, health governance reviews, multi-stakeholder platforms and non-communicable diseases.
Clients have included State and Commonwealth government departments, General Practice organisations, NGOs and universities. I have delivered on significant government and community projects, including the following as Project Director/Project Manager:
-Integrative literature review on interventions to address social isolation & loneliness (Wellbeing SA) (2020)
-Training on Qualitative Research Methodology and Interview Methods, CSIRO (2019)
-Baptist Care SA, Evaluation of NDIA funded ILC project ‘Able and Deadly: Innovative Best Practice I providing NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building to Support ‘Hard to Reach’ Groups (2019)
-Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. (sub-contract from CSIRO). E-Cigarettes, Smoking and Health. A Literature Review Update. (2018)
-Early Childhood Intervention Australia (2017-2018), National Service Mapping Project. Mapping early childhood intervention services and best practice across Australia
-Review of Transition and Alignment Arrangements between Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Services in Queensland (Queensland Health) (2017)
-Baptist Care SA, Development of a Business Plan and Business Case for the NDIS Business Expansion and Employment Project (2017)
-Review of Suicide Prevention Training for People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds (2016-17) (Queensland Mental Health Commission)
-Review of Governance and implementation of Legislation (NT Health Services Act 2014) for NT Health (2016)
-Monash University’s Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Impact of Client outcomes for Transport Accident Commission and WorkSafe Victoria Clients (2016-17)
-National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University (contribution to systematic review on risk factors for anxiety, depression and substance abuse in male dominated industries, systematic review on school based alcohol interventions, systematic review on Quality of Life of Therapeutic Community Clients, research grant development and research publications (2012-13)
-Comparative Analysis of Platforms Related to Non Communicable Diseases, (research and consultation project), for the Swiss Office of Public Health (2012)
-Eatwell Be Active Disability Sector -Capacity Building Project, Health Promotion Branch, Department of Health, Government of South Australia (with Dr Miranda Roe and Dr Anne Morris) (2009)
-Discussion and consultation paper on Promoting mental health in South Australian communities, for the Health Promotion Branch, Department of Health, Government of South Australia (2009)
I have also experience in historical research, with extensive historical research having been undertaken for my two non-fiction books.
For more information on my background and consultancies undertaken, please see my CV here and also my LinkedIn Profile (click 'in' button top right). I can be contacted for evaluation work at: