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Welcome to lived experience advocacy & representation

Advocacy undertaken by people with lived experience is important because we are the people most impacted by the outcomes, but when we take on representative roles, we are advocating for more than our own interests.  

Advocacy & representation learning goals:

  1. Participants will be able to use their lived experience, and the theoretical underpinnings of the lived experience movement to develop their advocacy message.
  2. Participants will have strategies for using their lived experience in advocacy and representation at different levels.

Lessons in this module:

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  • Differences between advocacy and representation
  • Advocacy that benefits everyone



  • Picture, Solution, Evidence
  • Using lived experience to create the picture



  • Identifying evidence to support your advocacy message
  • Principles of the lived experience movement

Allies and tips


  • Working with allies
  • Preparation
  • Follow up

The LEDGE Pathway

This is one of the modules in the ‘Lived Experience Leadership’ stream. There are four modules in this stream and they can be completed in any order. The modules in this stream are for anyone who wants to use their lived experience in advisory groups, co-design sessions, and in advocacy. By completing all four leadership modules you will be eligible for the LEDGE Certificate of lived experience leadership. Please note it is recommended that you complete both modules in the ‘Introduction to Using Lived Experience’ stream and you will need to have completed the ‘sharing stories safely’ module before enrolling in other modules.

“Everything was just absolutely helpful and informative and the examples and scenarios helped to put theory into practice ! It really helped me reconsider my advocacy approach!.”

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Lived experience advocacy and representation

Self paced learning module

Work your way through the content and interactive activities. Please note this training is not facilitated, but if you have any questions or wish to discuss the content please email

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