Accessibility Tools

Engagement and Participation

— Tools, Guidelines & Frameworks

What should be done and how it can be done.

Mind Australia 
Mind’s participation and co-design practice framework working together to make a difference. 
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While there is no precise checklist or explicit ‘how to’ guideline on how to facilitate co-design initiatives, this practice framework will offer a template of ideas, opportunities and considerations to empower Mind employees to authentically engage communities in decision-making with confidence. This practice framework is an example of participation and co-design itself.

Mental Health Commission of NSW 
Lived experience framework for NSW. 
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This Lived Experience Framework (Framework) is the response to the call for embedding lived experience across the sector and system processes, comprises a language guide, vision, guiding principles, actions and implementation approach to embed lived experience across mental health and social services systems.

Department of Health and Human Services Victoria 
Mental health lived experience engagement framework. 
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The framework guides policy makers to engage more meaningfully with people who have experienced mental illness and/or emotional issues, and those who care for them.

In Victoria, consumers who use Victoria’s mental health system are included in policy decision making, along with their families and carers.

Project Partners

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Acknowledgement of Country

The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and the National Primary Health Network Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters on which we work and live on across Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

Definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience

“A lived experience recognises the effects of ongoing negative historical impacts and or specific events on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It encompasses the cultural, spiritual, physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the individual, family or community.

“People with lived or living experience of suicide are those who have experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone through a suicidal crisis, been bereaved by suicide or having a loved one who has died by suicide, acknowledging that this experience is significantly different and takes into consideration Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ways of understanding social and emotional wellbeing.” - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre

We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to this site and invite them to provide any feedback or items for inclusion.

Recognition of Lived Experience

We also recognise people with lived and living experience of mental ill-health and recovery and the experience of people who are carers, families, kin, or supporters.


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