EVC’s learning-partnerships

The most powerful form of assistance is to be a genuine partner. To be honest about our own agendas and motivations then put the interests of beneficiaries to the fore. EveryVoiceCounts’ Lean Startup inspired approach to the design of public health and development programs, places validated learning at the center of building relationships and developing solutions with communities.

Lean program design

Turning policies and great ideas into successful, scalable programs.

Lean program methodologies solve a fundamental challenge that many startup programs face: how to measure and validate progress when uncertainty is high, and ongoing learning and adaptation essential for success. In these settings, traditional project management approaches usually fail, leading to wasted effort and resources, sometimes even causing harm. Lean programs allow flexible implementation – the cornerstone of genuine partnership with communities in program development.

Please contact us to learn about future Lean program design workshops.

Endorsements for A Doctor’s Dream

‘I could not put this book down. It is full of profound insights encapsulated in a great story.” - Professor Peter Drahos, Australian National University

‘An absorbing and honest read. Surely if there is a map guiding Australia towards improved Aboriginal health, this book is the light that illuminates the journey.’ – Doctor Andrew Laming MP, eye surgeon and Coalition spokesperson for Indigenous Health and Regional Health Services

‘Powerful and gripping to the end. An incredible insight and miraculous journey that exposes the truth of a physically and socially crippling disease and gives voice to Yolgnu people. ’  – Georgina Byron, CEO, The Snow Foundation

‘One of the best books about health professionals working with and for local communities. This book shows what can be achieved by dedicated professionals who are prepared to make sacrifices, be patient, look, listen and learn.’  – Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health (2009-2013)

“A Doctor’s Dream is a compelling story of how to address inequity in health care. A must read for anyone wanting to make a real difference.” - Doctor Unni Karunakara, International President (2010-2013),  Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders

Crusted scabies in remote Australia, a new way forward: lessons and outcomes from the East Arnhem Scabies Control Program

MJA Article Doctor Buddhi LokugeBy Buddhi Lokuge et. al, MJA 200 (11) • 16 June 2014 Results published in the Medical Journal of Australia show days spent in hospital for crusted scabies down by 80% and spread of scabies to immediate household contacts down by 75%, in families supported by this model of care.


For clinicians managing crusted scabies: Treatment guidelines and manual

A new model of care to support families to overcome a debilitating disease. A model adopted by remote clinic guidelines (CARPA 6th edition)



Principles for successsful public health and development programs

For funders, policy developers, program managers and program staff.

How to guide


Simple steps to partnerships in development work.

For program staff embarking on work in remote communities