workshops & events

develop skills, connect with like minded people, contribute to LELAN’s advocacy platform

LELAN workshops & events:

Workshop and event costs should not prevent you from having a voice, developing skills or being a part of our events. To explore alternative payment arrangements please contact us via . We are happy to invoice workplaces or organisations that you work for or receive sitting fee’s from once you have received approval from them.

Click the expanded boxes to register and/or purchase tickets through Humanitix.

Mental Health Lived Experience and Research: A Workshop

In partnership with the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Group, UniSA. 

Tuesday October 1st, 9.30am-1pm – UniSA City East Campus [Room C4-08, Centenary Building]


There are increasing ways in which consumers and carers are being involved in research activity that are beyond being the subjects of research.  Across health, people with lived experience are becoming more active in partnering with research teams at different stages of projects and activity.  This includes roles as advisors, co researchers and partners.  The National Health and Medical Research Council encourages research teams to improve their skills and processes of engagement and has guidelines in place.

This is an introductory level workshop which will help participants to learn about the effective use of research in their lived experience roles as well as being involved in co-producing research knowledge.  

This workshop for consumers and carers who are active as advocates, advisors, educators and peer workers who would like to know more about research activity and use. The session will be facilitated by members of the Activating Lived Experience Leadership Project team (Mark Loughhead, Heather Eaton and Ellie Hodges).


Themes covered:   

   *  different types of research project and study designs   *  asking a research question   *  levels of evidence and assessing the quality of studies   *  lived experience participation in research – how to be involved   *  setting research priorities, co research roles, and connecting with policy change   *


Cost: FREE 

Co-what? An Introduction to Co-production and How We Do it Together

Friday October 25th, 9.30am-4pm – SA Mental Health Commission Building [60 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide]


Increasingly co-production is talked about as a mechanism for engaging with people with lived experience and involving them in decisions that affect their lives. When people first grapple with co-production there can be a lot of what-if’s, questions on what it is, how to do it well and wondering if it is appropriate for their circumstance and why.

This session will provide people with an understanding of the value and values of co-production, reflection on each person’s role within the context of co-production as well as skills to participate in co-production processes. It is for anyone who has involvement or interest in co-production. Participants may or may not have lived experience.


Themes covered:   

   *   what co-production is and what it isn’t (plus all the other co-‘s)   *   values/principles of co-production   *   impact and value of co-production   *   ‘doing’ co-production   *   the importance of power   *   examples from South Australia and around the world   *   the challenge of co-production   *   skills and strategies of co-production   *   co-production in your context 


Cost: $150 for waged members ($200 waged non-members) and $60 for unwaged/concession members ($80 unwaged/concession non-members).

All tickets will have GST added at the point of sale.  

Practitioners with Lived Experience: Exploring Our Value-base, Safety and Support Together


More information coming soon. 

Sharing Our Stories Safely & for Influence

Thursday November 21st, 9.30am-4pm – SA Mental Health Commission Building [60 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide]


Having a narrative for our lives is healing. There is power in knowing and living this in our own lives and there is power in sharing our stories and insights with others. When we share our lived experiences the purpose, audience, context and our vulnerability related to them are important considerations. We will explore how we share our stories safely, for ourselves and for the people that hear-read-witness them, valuing the perspective and strength they bring to our efforts for making sense and making a difference.    

This session will provide a foundation for honouring recovery journeys and sharing in ways that are safe, purposeful and geared for influence. It is for people with lived experience as a consumer or carer who may or may not be in a paid or representative lived experience role.


Themes covered:   

   *   exploring what we mean by and our experience of sharing stories safely   *   lived experience stories   *   story ‘politics’   *   individual and/or collective stories   *   our purpose for sharing   *   sharing to influence   *   public narratives as a leadership skill   *   the strength of our stories to drive change

Cost: $150 for waged members ($200 waged non-members) and $60 for unwaged/concession members ($80 unwaged/concession non-members).

All tickets will have 10% GST added at the point of sale.  

Lived Experience Conversation Sessions & Network

Regular session dates and their topics will be posted here and promoted through our newsletter.

These sessions are for people who want to be or are already involved in changing the way that mental health issues are understood and responded  to in SA. Together we explore the values, challenges, wins and insights of lived experience recovery and advocacy, representative roles or peer work and what we are grappling with in these spaces.

Each session will have a theme decided by those who attend. They are for lived experience advocates and leaders who may or may not be in a paid or representative lived experience role. 

Cost: FREE to members.

Mental Health Advocacy & Leadership Training

In partnership with HCA. Wednesday July 17th


This training is suited for lived experience advocates or representatives – consumers and carers – who are actively engaged in the mental health system. Participants of this course will learn strategies to improve their effectiveness and develop confidence to take on leadership roles or opportunities to participate at a more strategic or governance level. 

Themes covered:   

   *   the mental health system   *   fundamentals of lived experience perspectives   *   lived experience involvement and action   *   partnership and co-production   *   power, influence and leadership   *   advocacy and representative opportunities    

Cost: For more information about training and payment options email



Other workshops & events:

Leading Lived Experience in the Workplace - Tuesday September 17th, 1.00pm–3.00pm

The MHCSA, with support from the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, is pleased to offer free training for people who directly supervise mental health Lived Experience/Peer Workers – or who are working towards a role in which they will. We welcome leaders from both the NGO and Government mental health sectors. All training sessions for Leaders of Lived Experience Workforce have been co-produced by Lived Experience Workers and Leaders from both sectors.

In this session, we will focus on the strengths and skills Lived Experience Workers have in managing wellbeing, and provide opportunity for leaders to think about ways this expertise could be helpful in supporting resilience and self-management across the workplace.

Register here.

Questions can be directed to Belinda Brown (Senior Officer – LEWP) via or 0423 213 080 (Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm). 

Youth Mental Health Forum - Thursday October 3rd 9.00am–3.00pm

The forum is aimed at youth and will focus on youth mental health, family violence, CALD youth mental health and will bring together youths, youth activists, local service providers and NGO’s for a one-day forum, led by key note speakers from within the mental health care sector.

Hear from 2016 SA Young Australian of the Year, Arman Abrhimzadeh, who will speak about resilience in an abusive environment and Kevser Pirbudak, Coordinator of Youth Services at Australian Refugee Association, who will be speaking about the impacts of the refugee experience on young people. Mental health clinicians from headspace Edinburgh North & Sonder will also be presenting.

The forum will provide young people with an opportunity to: Learn about resilience; Learn about wellbeing strategies such as mindfulness skills; Hear lived experience testimonials from young people; Learn about mental health internet tools; Have fun in break out sensory based activities; Eat pizza and meet other like minded people.

Register here. For further information call on (08) 8209 0700 or email

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