Who Are We?
Morgan Disney & Associates is a public policy, evaluation and governance consulting company, established in Canberra in 1999 and now located in South Australia. The two Principals are Elizabeth Morgan and Helen Disney.
We have diverse experience in public policy with specialist expertise in social policy and international development. Between 2007 and 2014 we worked in international development whilst resident in Papua New Guinea. In mid 2014 we relocated back to South Australia but continue to do international development work.
We both have postgraduate qualifications in public policy, and social administration respectively. We have current formal training qualifications with Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.
We have extensive experience in program and service reviews and evaluations, evaluation design, project design, planning, capacity building, organisational development, and governance. We are skilled facilitators with a reputation for managing complex situations with sensitivity and wisdom.
Our core areas of policy and program expertise include social development, civil society, family and domestic violence, child protection, conflict resolution and customary justice, transition from care, community services, law and justice, community justice, community based health services, community safety, disability services, youth justice, youth services, drug and alcohol services, community facilities, mental health, health, volunteering, and relationships between the government and civil society/non-government agencies and sectors,
More recently we have worked in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and WASH and Sport for Development in an international development setting.
We have wide experience working with Indigenous communities and organisations in Australia and our work is often cited in Indigenous research and evaluations. Our international development work has been in other cultural settings in Fiji, Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea. Helen worked in Afghanistan for three months between December 2005 and March (2006) for Save the Children UK where she undertook a consultancy to develop their In-Country strategy. Elizabeth led the review team for the review of the Fiji mental health legislation with the Fiji Law Reform Commission in 2006 and 2007.
Our value driven company is commited to excellence, the active engagement of people affected by public policy and/or international development, accountability, collaboration, and valuing lived experience as a crucial source of evidence.
International Development experience in PNG
We worked as advisers in Papua New Guinea between 2007 and 2014 and returned to live in Australia in mid 2014. Helen was in the management team of the PNG Law and Justice Sector Program which became the PNG Law and Justice Partnership. Elizabeth was an Adviser in the same program located in the PNG Department of Justice & Attorney General in the Village Court & Land Mediation Secretariat for 7 years.
Helen also worked for 10 months as Adviser to the CEO of the Law and Justice Division in the Bougainville Administration in PNG. She has worked as an evaluation consultant for the past 2 years with WaterAID PNG on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects in East Sepik and Central Provinces and NCD.
We both recently worked with WaterAid Australia on a program design for a WASH and Sport for Development initiative.
We are currently working with Anglicare PNG on strategic planning, organisational development and positioning, M&E frameworks, and governance.
Prior to becoming a consultant in 1999 Helen held senior executive appointments at national and state level. She had been Director of Social Work at State level in a Commonwealth department, a Director of Services in the senior executive of two large multi-service NGOs, and National Director of Relationships Australia. Helen also held many senior positions on boards of national NGOs e.g. Vice President of ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Services) and Volunteering Australia. Helen was a member of the South Australian Government’s Task Force on Crime Prevention, the Board of the SA Multi Function Polis and the Australian Ministerial Council on Family Services. She was the inaugural chair of the Community Services and Health Industry Training Council.
Helen started out as a field worker in a number of social work roles and then managed a very wide range of service delivery programs in medium and large multi service agencies with programs for families (including co-operative housing), young people, people with disability, people experiencing domestic violence. While at Adelaide Central Mission Helen lead redevelopment of the range of disability and aged care services from institutional to community based and ageing-in-place models. She implemented several innovative projects in ethno-specific services, and the first acquired brain injury service funded in SA. Helen has also had policy development experience in a wide range of policy areas for the service areas she has worked in and the fields in which she has worked as a consultant for 8 years in Canberra.
Elizabeth has been a field worker and manager in the SA State Government, in the Department of Community Welfare and its various iterations; a senior executive manager with Unley City Council in SA; and a Director of two State/Territory Councils of Social Service - in South Australia and the ACT. She was the part-time Deputy Director of The Australian Institute for 18 months. She has lived and worked in remote and rural areas of SA including with Indigenous communities. She has extensive policy development experience, along with direct service delivery experience in metropolitan, rural and remote South Australian communities. She worked and lived in Canberra for 12 years until 2007.
Elizabeth has specialist expertise in civil society, family violence, gender and women’s services, sexual assault services, mental health and dual diagnosis services (co-morbidity of mental illness and drug and alcohol use), community justice, and community health. She was a member of the Australian Health Minister’s National Mental Health Working Group and was a community representative on the Executive of the ACT Mental Health Service.
Elizabeth chaired the ACT Ministerial Mental Health Advisory Council for three years between 1996-1999 through the reform process of ACT Mental Health Services. Elizabeth was a member of the Australian Government’s Welfare Reform Reference Group and the Consultative Forum until May 2004. She was the Chair of the National Network of Community Ministerial Advisory Groups in Mental Health (known as NOAC) until late 2002.
Elizabeth was a founding collective member of the SA Rape Crisis and a Board member of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre until 2007.
We maintain strong involvement in our local community wherever we live. We share a deep commitment to working in ways which build ownership of outcomes and respect the knowledge, culture and wisdom of the people affected by the issue we are engaged to address.