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Welcome to representing lived experience in co-design

Increasingly terms like co-design and co-production are being used by services and organisations to describe the way they include people with lived experience in program design, but it’s not always clear what it means. When participants understand the core principles of co-production and know what best practice looks like they are better able to prepare for participating in co-production and more empowered to contribute to the process successfully.

Participating in co-design learning goals:

  1. Participants will have an understanding of the value and the values of co-design and co-production and the different types of consultation.
  2. Participants will have strategies for addressing power in authentic co-design and co-production.    

Lessons in this module:

Click on the lessons below to work your way through each lesson in order

Co What?


  • Defining co-design and co- production
  • Benefits of co-design and co-production.

Levels of Participation


  • Co-production versus other forms of participation.

Principles of Co-Production


  • Principles and characteristics of good co-design and co-production.
  • Noticing who is not in the room.

Sharing Power


  • Strategies for sharing power when participating in co-design teams.

The LEDGE Pathway

This is 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.

“Very useful and informative, and I feel much more confident about the whole concept and process of co-design now”

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Participating in co-design workshop

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 want to provide feedback along the way, please email

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