Join our eight week co-design learning network

We’re excited to announce our first learning network for 2022, an eight-week mental health co-design network designed to connect people commited to co-design and co-production across Australia to foster a collaborative learning experience.

Register to secure your place

Mental health co-design learning network

This is an eight week learning network experience designed for people working in service leadership positions in mental health who are already or about to embark on a co-design journey.

This experience will enable co-design capability building of all participants through content, conversation during online sessions and application in your real world setting post sessions.

Cost: $1,850 per person ex GST

We wish to offer two positions free of charge for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and/or people with lived and/or living experiences related to mental health for each intake – please contact Leanne to discuss.

The network learning experience will be focused on:

  • Foundations of co-design
  • Co-design principles and mindsets in theory and practice
  • Creating the conditions for safe, effective and transformative co-design
  • The ‘Design bit’ of co-design and innovation projects, including case studies and a clinic on prototyping

What you’ll walk away with

  • Foundational knowledge in co-design
  • Ways to identify and reduce barriers to co-design
  • Ways to identify and strengthen enablers for co-design
  • Understanding the conditions needed to co-design
  • Understanding and working with power
  • Working with people in partnership
  • Practical design methods
  • Taking ideas out into the real world

What you’ll receive

  • Pre network kickoff co-design article and reflective activity
  • Two three-hour sessions (first and last group sessions), plus six 90-minute online group conversations facilitated by TACSI and partners
  • Opportunities to connect with people working in mental health sectors and systems across Australia
  • Regular real-time co-design learning resources in between online sessions
  • A co-design tool package to take with you on your co-design journey

Your facilitators

Aunty Vickey Charles

Aunty Vickey Charles

Aboriginal Lead – Aunty in Residence, TACSI

Leanne McPhee

Co-design and Policy, TACSI

Kirsty Rosie

Kirsty Rosie
Family / carer consultant, lived experience workforce

Martin Ford

Senior Social Innovator, TACSI

Lucy Fraser

Senior Social Innovator: Co-design with Communities, TACSI

Josh Moorhouse
Associate Lived Experience Co-design & Social Innovation Educator

Carla Clarence

Carla Clarence

Principal Social Innovator: Social Health, TACSI

Additional TACSI partners and guests will come in during particular sessions to strengthen the learning and success of the network experience

Program dates

Intake 1 – Sold out

April – June 2022

April 7, 2–5pm
April 28, 3:30–5pm
May 5, 3:30–5pm
May 12, 3:30–5pm
May 19, 3:30–5pm
May 26, 3:30–5pm
June 2, 3:30–5pm
June 9, 2–5pm

Intake 2 – Sold out

June – August 2022

June 21, 2–5pm
June 28, 3:30–5pm
July 5, 3:30–5pm
July 12, 3:30–5pm
July 19, 3:30–5pm
July 26, 3:30–5pm
August 2, 3:30–5pm
August 9, 2–5pm

Intake 3

August – October 2022

August 24, 3:30–5pm
August 31, 3:30–5pm
September 7, 3:30–5pm
September 14, 3:30–5pm
September 21, 3:30–5pm
September 28, 3:30–5pm
October 5, 3:30–5pm
October 12, 2–5pm

How the eight weeks will be structured

Week 1 (three-hour online session)

  • Establishing the network
  • Forming relationships, acknowledging and exploring power and setting individual and collective network aspirations

Week 2 (90 minute online session)

  • The foundations of co-design
  • Exploring the philosophy and concept of co design, and how it fits in to a bigger co-production picture

Week 3 (90 minute online session)

  • Co-design principles and mindsets in theory
  • Exploring key principles and mindsets that enable the work of co-design from different perspectives

Week 4 (90 minute online session)

  • Co-design principles and mindsets in action
  • Exploring how to bring principles and mindsets to life in projects, processes and your own practice

Week 5 & 6 (90 minute online session)

  • Creating the conditions for safe, effective and transformative co-design
  • Exploring the conditions for the ‘co’ part; investing in relationships and diverse perspectives
  • Exploring co-design roles
  • Composition of co-design project teams

Week 7 (90 minute online session)

  • The ‘design bit’ of co-design and innovation projects
  • Exploring design methods and practicalities around the ‘how’ to apply

Week 8 (three-hour online session)

  • Prototype clinic & network reflection
  • Bring ideas to life and take them out to the real work to test them
  • Network reflections and next steps

What participants have said

“The co-facilitation was fantastic, enabling many additional aspects or ideas to be gently presented.”

“I’m definitely going to be more aware of power imbalances, and of the unique kinds of power people hold.”

“I learnt how to navigate the complex dynamics of power, especially how to move participants (and yourself) between holding expert knowledge and self knowledge. What I took away from that is that it is a forever journey! Constantly shifting and changing depending on the context you’re in and the best way to navigate it is to be guided by key values rather than status.”

“Great conversations. I enjoyed having the opportunity to try things and discuss in breakout rooms.”

“The course supported me to understand the co-design process and to apply it in practice.”

Register below to secure your spot

If project teams and/or organisations are keen to make a group booking we are pleased to offer five places for the cost of four (20% discount).

Have any questions? Please email Leanne McPhee at

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Interested in a shorter learning experience?

Register now for our first short courses for 2022 – Yarning with a purpose about co-designs; and Co-design & Prototypingor for our two upcoming mental health webinars – Creating organisational conditions and Principles and mindsets of co-design.

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