Claire McCullagh

Claire McCullagh

Senior Consultant

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Claire is known for her big-picture thinking, engaging communication style and structured approach to solving complex problems. She is a skilled leader and manager of public policy initiatives, with experience across a range of senior policy roles within the Western Australian (WA) Government, primarily within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Claire has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, which involved a research project with London’s Behavioural Insights Team focusing on redesigning public services drawing on ideas from the behavioural economics.

Influential work

  • Negotiated an agreed state-federal position on the dissolution of WA’s jointly-funded Home and Community Care program and the transfer of clients into the Australian Government’s Home Support Program
  • Influenced the Australian Government regarding the National Health Reform Agreement for hospital funding beyond 2018 in line with the WA Government’s preferred approach
  • Prepared the State Ice Action Plan with Ministerial and agency staff, resulting in $15 million funding in the 2016-17 WA budget
  • Advised a human services client on strategic behavioural interventions to improve its client interface and experiences
  • Managed the Steering Committee and Promotion and Prevention Working Group in drafting sections of the WA Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Claire was a senior policy officer at the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet. She worked across various social policy portfolios including health, alcohol and other drugs, domestic violence prevention and housing. Before that she was a senior project manager working across the WA Mental Health Commission and Disability Services Commission on the inclusion of people with mental illness within the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She has also managed the MHC’s Executive Support Team and was a project lead contributing to the development of WA’s Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2020.

Claire is currently co-authoring Australia’s inaugural policy textbook on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, due to be released in 2020.

In her spare time...

In her spare time, Claire enjoys keeping fit, live music, philosophical discussions and listening to podcasts.