Policymaker and evaluator

Focused on improving health and wellbeing, particularly for those who experience mental illness and complex disadvantage.

About Me

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.


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?

Can we get off the treadmill?

Over the last couple of months, I've heard many people say that "it's OK not to be your most productive during a crisis". Yes! I completely agree. Clearly, productivity is not going to be number one priority when competing with health, homeschooling your kids and the...

What happens next?

What happens next?

It's reached that stage of social distancing where my mind has started to move to what happens next. I don't have a crystal ball and I have no idea when offices are going to 'return to normal'. It might never happen, and for many, the impact of Covid has already been...

Featured in Royal Commission report

Featured in Royal Commission report

Catching up on a bit of news from when my website was under redevelopment! Last year, I wrote a submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria's mental health system. I was honoured when the Commission contacted me to feature my story in the interim report. You can...

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.