Creating conversations,
connecting ideas.


Hatfield House Facilitation has a long history of facilitating participation and engagement, in issues such as infrastructure and community development, local government boundaries, education, tobacco control, preventive health and primary care.

Recent Projects
  • National consultation workshops for the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review in allied health, Indigenous Health, mental health, nursing and midwifery
  • National roundtables for the Medical Research Future Fund on ovarian cancer, and medicinal cannabis
  • Tackling Tobacco Performance Partnership Summit using the Proposal Based Decision Making model for the first time in Australia
  • Policy development workshops for the Aboriginal smoking cessation program Quit for New Life and the NSW Tobacco Forum
  • Consulting with internal and external stakeholders to understand issues related to mental health research services in a metropolitan Sydney Local Health District and develop a future-focused model arising from the review
  • Working with senior Executive/governance groups to articulate responses to complex policy and program issues
  • Qualitative evaluation interviews for the evaluation of routine screening for domestic violence in three Local Health Districts
  • Consulting with tertiary education providers in NSW to develop strategies for engagement between NSW Health, the NSW tertiary education sector and China’s health system
  • Team building and planning workshops for the NSW Ministry of Health, NSW Department of Customer Service and Central Coast Council.


Bringing Innovation in Facilitation to Australia

Hatfield House Facilitation was engaged by the Cancer Council NSW to facilitate the two-day Tackling Tobacco Performance Partnership Summit in Sydney, November 2019. The purpose of the Summit was to develop an agreed action plan for collaborative action by NSW Government agencies, peak bodies, and the community managed mental health sector in NSW, to reduce tobacco use among people experiencing mental illness.

Hatfield House’s Joanne Smith was trained in the Proposal Based Decision Making (PBDM) model developed by United States The OCL Group. PBDM is a technique that can be used by groups to rapidly assess consensus (or lack thereof), and move towards convergence. A series of linked conversations are held that help move from ‘deciding’ to ‘doing’. In PBDM, every member of the group has the opportunity and obligation to participate in the shaping and making of a specific decision that they and everyone in the group can support. Through engagement in the PBDM process, the group creates ownership and capacity to act.

Hatfield House Facilitation clients include:

  • Australian Government Department of Health
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • Local Health Districts
  • Cancer Council NSW
  • NSW Department of Customer Service
  • NSW Department of Planning and Environment
  • Central Coast Council.


A printable information sheet about our Health sector focus.

Our ‘An experienced facilitator for the Health system’ brochure