Testimonials

I have had the pleasure to work directly with and observe the activities of Steve Fisher and Community Works over several years in Australia and the region. In my experience, Steve provides valued leadership through his work with colleagues in mental health and community development. Steve and his associates are highly experienced, reliable and talented and have completed a range of national and international projects that demonstrate the importance of participation and a creative and collaborative approach to community development. Professor Helen Herrman

Professor of Psychiatry Orygen Youth Health Research Centre Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Mental Health, Melbourne President, World Psychiatric Association

Community Works was instrumental in supporting us to establish the Young and Well CRC in 2011. Steve Fisher worked closely with our bid development team over a period of a year, collaborating with us to generate a competitive proposal which was ultimately successful in securing $27.5 million to conduct research and development to support the mental wellbeing of young Australians. Steve’s collaborative and inclusive approach was very much appreciated. Since then, Steve and his team have provided a range of strategic advisory, research and facilitation services to support our team which have been critical to our success. Dr Michelle Blanchard

Head of Projects and Partnerships Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

We all feel passionately about our research, we know our own field inside out and we know how important it is to the wider Australian community. But communicating those things beyond an academic setting requires a unique set of skills that most researchers either don’t possess or find it difficult to master. Communityworks’ partnership with our Institute is based on them taking the time and trouble to really fully understand who we are, how we think and what we do. Their input has given us the highest quality advice and direction about getting to where we want to be – from wider strategy right down to the crucial fine detail. That relationship continues to transform how we shape our projects, how we present our research to the wider world and how we think about achieving the goals of our Institute. Alan Gemmill

Deputy Director, Research and Senior Research Fellow, Parent Infant Research Institute

Steve has a compelling set of strengths: his passion for development, engaging communication style, and authenticity as a mentoring leader. His down-to-earth and calm aura is admirable, clearly secure with his life experiences and professional background.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Steve on several occasions through our work in international capacity development space. I have personally seen his effectiveness as a facilitator. He is very creative, flexible and pragmatic. Our training participants have all-praises for Steve’s work and style. A fun-tastic trainer and very pleasant to work with! Nelson Salangsang

Manager - International Projects, Queensland University of Technology

Ninti One and Community Works are partners in the shared endeavour of delivering quality services to organisations seeking to make a difference in remote Australia. Community Works principal, Steve Fisher provides technical advice about research design and impact assessment, mentoring and support for Ninti One research staff, and strategic input to our research and project portfolio. Steve is also a highly regarded facilitator of small to large groups. Lyn Allen

General Manager Business Development, Ninti One