The University of Melbourne Primary Care Mental Health Research Group established the Co-Design Living Labs program in 2017. There are more than 2000 people with lived-experience of mental ill-health and ongoing distress and trauma, including a smaller number of carers, family and kinship group members in the program. The program has grown over the five years to embed end to end research design to translation activities with people with lived-experienced. There are now has eight co-design leads who meet monthly with Network lead and postdoctoral research fellow, Dr Jennifer Bibb. The Network is overseen and supported by Professor Victoria Palmer and activities are coordinated through the University of Melbourne.
Scroll down to see The Co-Design Living Labs Operational Model, Our Services, Case Stories and The Co-Designer Handbook (current members access only).
The Co-Design Living Labs program was established in 2017 as an example of a community-based embedded approach to bring people living with trauma and mental ill-health and carers/family and kinship group members together with university-based researchers to drive end-to-end research design to translation in mental healthcare and research sectors.
We operate an end to end research design to translation model (as shown to the right). This means that we undertake co-design activities across the continuum of research that includes priority setting, ideation on a topic or product, co-designing a new model of care or technology or digital tool and adopting co-researcher models within research teams. We’re proud of our five-year journey to embed lived-experience within our mental health research program.
Our Co-Design Living Labs members (co-designers) represent over 2000 people living with mental ill-health and carers, family, kinships group members. The Network can support co-design that delivers new models of care, pathways for improving care experiences, service re-design, systems transformation and all things health care improvement related.
Email us below to co-partner on co-design or to simply share a co-creation idea today.
Read more about our experience co-design work by clicking on the case stories below.
Established in 2022 this award supports members of the Co-Design Living Labs program to conduct a one-year long training program in experience co-design.Read More
Read about how the ALIVE National Centre vision was co-design through priority setting activities and ideation with Co-Design Living Labs program members.Read More
In 2018 we started the journey to improve heart health in people living with severe mental ill-health by ensuring the people most impacted co-designed the model.Read More
This handbook is by, for and about working with Co-Designers in Living Labs program. It includes self-care, preparation and tips for what to expect in co-design. It shares our Principles of Participation and Working Together Agreements including the story of where we have come from – new members receive a copy of this handbook when they join