Policymaker and evaluator

Focused on improving the health and wellbeing of all people in Australia, particularly those who experience mental illness and complex disadvantage.

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Consulting Services

Strong focus on designing and driving systemic change, supporting the development of a health and social services system that puts people at the centre.

Services include:


Evaluation design and delivery

Evaluation capacity building

Facilitation and stakeholder engagement

Keynote speaking

Mental health subject matter expertise

Organisational strategy

Program and system design


Policy writing and advocacy

Quantitative research


Qualitative research

About Jo Farmer


I use my skills to design and drive systemic change, supporting the development of a health and social services system that puts people at the centre.
My experience includes strategic planning, evaluation and service design in not for profits, government and service delivery agencies. I am extremely passionate mental health. Partly this stems from my own experiences – positive and negative – of the mental health system.
The community and those with lived experience are at the heart of my work. As someone who combines lived and professional experience in my own work, I recognise the value of genuine engagement and collaborative design that balances evidence with the needs of consumers and those of delivery agents to deliver long-term, meaningful change.
Long before I started my own consulting business, I started this website as a blog about my personal experiences with my mental health conditions and the system that aims to support me. You can still read my blog posts here

What’s new?

A year

A year

A year ago this week, I made a brave and potentially very silly decision. I felt in my gut that there was a space for me to create a career and life I was proud of by combining my lived experience, knowledge of the mental health sector, and policy and evaluation...

BPD Awareness Week

BPD Awareness Week

At the end of last year, I was proud to become a Board member of the Australian Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Foundation. Tomorrow kicks off BPD Awareness Week and (in 2020-style) the BPD Foundation's annual conference. There are lots of interesting events...

Evaluating telehealth

Evaluating telehealth

Telehealth looks set to stay, but having been implemented in the mainstream very rapidly, it's important to build in evaluation to make sure we get it right for the long-term. I co-authored this blog on evaluating telehealth with Jo Grzelinska from Larter Consulting.

Acknowledgement of country

I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which I live, the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded and I look forward to a day when the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is heard so Australia faces up to the pain inflicted by its colonial history and the strengths of its Aboriginal past, present and future.