MindLabs Workshop: Keeping the Co in Co-design

February 3, 2024
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Overview of the workshop

This online workshop will be presented over two half-day morning sessions on Wednesday 13th March and Thursday 14th March 2024.

Registration is open to representatives of Mindgardens Neuroscience Network Member organisations (NeuRA, Black Dog Institute, SESLHD, UNSW Sydney). Participants need to register for both sessions.

The workshop is for people who are interested in developing individual and/or organisational capability to engage in co-design projects relating to mental health, drug & alcohol and neurological disorders, and is open to people in a lived experience, clinical and/or research role.

Please note: MindLabs workshops are most successful when they include people from diverse roles, organisations and professional backgrounds. Occasionally we may need to defer individual applications to a later event in order to achieve this balance.


13th March 2024, 0930-1230 and 14th March 2024, 0930-1230

Online event is held via Zoom. Access link will be delivered via email a few days prior to the event.


Brett Bellingham is a lived experience educator, researcher, and a peer support worker. Brett has interest and experience in Co-design and Co-produced approaches to education, service provision, and research. Brett draws on experience, knowledge, and connection with the consumer / survivor / ex-patient movement, community development practices, and mad studies. 

Kath Thorburn has 30 years’ experience as a mental health worker, educator, facilitator, and consultant, as well as personal experience supporting close family members. Kath has been involved in co-designing and co-producing a range of education, service provision and social action events and resources. Kath has formal qualifications in education and occupational therapy and is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW researching a co-designed approach to improving mental health consumers’ physical health in primary care settings.

This event is strictly limited to employees or staff of Mindgardens member organisations: UNSW, NeuRA, Black Dog Institute and South Easter Sydney Local Health District.