Consulting and Communication

Sally Gaven has 25 years' experience in social policy, evaluation, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement - with a focus on strengthening outcomes in mental health, health, social cohesion and family support.

Sally's peer-reviewed paper on a major cross-government evaluation (co-authored with Janet Schorer, NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet) was published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies in its prestigious Family Matters journal. Her work on the Real Value of Co-Design in mental health initiatives was also published in 2017.

Sally is also a warm and trusted facilitator, skilled at consulting service users and consumers. Sally has co-facilitated training on communications for ANZSOG and received the University of Sydney's Dean's Citation two years running for her work teaching Critical Thinking in Business for the Business School's Masters Program. 

Sally Gaven Consulting partners with Michelle Wheeler Consulting, Aegis Consulting and Apples & Oranges Group.

Current and recent projects: 

  • Evaluation of NSW School-Link Strategic Framework 2018
  • Evaluation for NSW Department of Planning & Environment: NSW Fire Sprinkler Program in response to the Quakers Hill aged care facility fire 2018
  • Development of service model for a new peer-led mental health service in Western Sydney 2018
  • Major review of the NSW Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health Grants Program in 2017 
  • Development of the NSW Smoking Cessation Framework for Cancer Institute NSW in 2017
  • Scoping a state-wide systemic review into the meaningful involvement of consumers and carers in the design and delivery of mental health services 2016
  • State-wide review of housing assistance for people leaving custody for NSW Department of Family & Community Services 2016
  • State-wide review of Alternative Models of Temporary Accommodation for the NSW Government 2016
  • Pan-jurisdictional evaluation framework for NSW Cancer Plan 2011-2015 for NSW Health pillar
  • Review of Joint Investigation & Response Teams to enhance access for Aboriginal children in sexual assault matters - NSW Police, FACS, NSW Health
  • Mental health capacity building projects for UnitingCare
  • Strategic policies and Recovery Approach frameworks for Partners In Recovery
  • Consumer and Carer Engagement framework for Partners in Recovery
  • Community Engagement Strategy for NSW Community Relations Commission
  • Service model for early intervention child and family mental health 
  • Strategic and business planning for Department of Education & Communities

Recent clients: NSW Health, NSW Mental Health Commission, Cancer Institute NSW, Flourish Australia, National Mental Health Commission, Multicultural NSW, Eastern Sydney Medicare Local, UnitingCare, New Horizons, University of Sydney

Sally Gaven Consulting Pty Ltd is a member of the NSW Performance & Management Services Prequalification Scheme and is pre-approved to provide evaluation, performance reviews, strategic planning, policy development, governance, reporting, communications and issues management services (projects up to $150k require only one quote from a pre-approved supplier).