Poppy Wise is a highly experienced public policy consultant, who partners with clients to drive improved outcomes of their policies, strategies, programs and services.

Poppy leads Urbis’ family and community services practice and has deep expertise in the design and implementation of large and complex policy design and evaluation projects, including development of national and statewide strategies, strategic, program and policy evaluation and stakeholder research. This technical expertise and human services focus has seen Poppy design and manage several of Urbis’ largest and most sensitive policy projects for the NSW, VIC and Commonwealth Governments, including many in partnership with First Nations organisations to ensure cultural safety and deep, tailored insight.

Poppy has worked across a range of policy areas within family and community services. She has a strong interest in strategic and system-level interventions to improve outcomes for individuals, from client-facing programs to workforce development interventions and social impact-led approaches to funding innovation.

Some of Poppy’s project highlights include: 

  • Evaluation of the Living Learning Program, mental health support in a flexi-school setting, VIC DTF (2021-2026)
  • Evaluation of the Australian Family Partnership Program, First Nations child and maternal health program, Cth Department of Health (2021-2024)
  • Evaluation of Front of Mind, early intervention and prevention psychological injury, icare (2021-2025)
  • Development of the Fifth National Mental Health Plan, Cth Department of Health (2016-2017)
  • Evaluation of the COMPACT Program, youth focused community resilience program, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet / Multicultural NSW (2018-2021)
  • Advice to the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (2017)
  • Evaluation of the Resolve Program, community-based mental health program, NSW Ministry of Health (2018-2025)
  • Evaluation of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Program, NSW Reconstruction Authority (2023-2024)

It excites me to help find policy solutions to complex social problems. I’m grateful my work lets me do something to help foster healthier and happier communities.