Workshop hosted by

Tuesday 22 November
9.30am to 12.30pm
Adelaide Convention Centre and Online
SOLD OUT By Invitation Only


Codesign is an increasingly mandated mode of consultation across the public sector.  However, few possess the expertise and experience to know the pitfalls and opportunities it presents.  This is further complicated by the many challenges that delivering codesign in the public sector present (machinery , unrealistic briefs, challenging stakeholders, interrupted policyprocesses, politics, etc). Due to these and other challenges, AAG, Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN),Collabforge and BehaviourWorks would like to invite you to join in the development (through codesign) of a statement on their minimum requirements for participation in codesign processes (e.g. with government agencies).

This hybrid online and face-to-face workshop will begin with a short introduction from the panel. Participants will then engage with facilitators to break down and rebuild a straw man setting minimum requirements for participation in codesign processes.  Through this collaborative approach mutual learning and development of the final statement will be achieved.


The workshop will include short presentations, interactive writing exercises and open discussion. You will:

- Engage with experts in codesign
- Understand the benefits and risks of codesign, including what is and isn’t achievable.
- Learn how to plan and prepare for your participationin codesign
- Gain skills in managing expectations up regarding codesign processes with governments.
- Codesign a statement on minimum requirements for participation in codesign processes(e.g. with government agencies).


The intended audience for this workshop is people with experience in engaging with governments in their ageing and aged care related codesign processes.  

Invitees include:
- Members of the OPAN National Older Persons Reference Group
- AAG’s Special Interest Group (SIG) Convenors (or other nominated SIG representatives- up to two per SIG)
- AAG’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group members
- Other people with a lived experience of advocacy and influencing government policy. 

This workshop is sold out, however if you feel strongly that you would value being involved please email  

There is the option for online-only attendance.



Dr Mark Elliott
Collabforge Founder and
Managing Director
Mark holds a PhD (Melbourne University)investigating the underlying dynamics of collaboration at all scales and in all sectors, and has led the delivery of over 500 public sector collaboration projects. This provides him with deep insight into the needs and interests of senior stakeholders, government, industry and citizens and how they can best work together to realise their shared interests.
Assoc Prof Peter Bragge
BehaviourWorks, Monash Sustainable Development Institute
Associate Professor Peter Bragge specialises in translating research evidence into practice and policy to address challenges faced in health and sustainable development.  As Director of Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s Evidence Review Service (ERS), he delivers research and practice reviews to a diverse range of government and industry organisations.  Clients have included the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System; Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Transport Accident Commission; Victorian Department of Health; Victorian Department of Transport; National Australia Bank and ANZ Bank.
Trish Cave
Collaboration Design and Innovation Specialist, Collabforge

Trish is a collaboration and design consultant who  brings deep expertise in user centred and participatory design, with  strategic insight into how technologies can be used to support innovation and  collaboration. Having a background in a post-production and interactive  design, Trish brings a human centred approach to projects, enjoying working  with teams on complex problems with multi-stakeholder across a myriad of  sectors. As a systems thinker, with a project managers’ collaborative  toolkit, she works to explore innovative opportunities and translate them  into tangible solutions.

Samantha Edmonds
Manager Policy and Systemic Advocacy, OPAN
Samantha has extensive knowledge and experience in policy, advocacy, human rights, and a strong commitment to inclusive aged care. She holds Masters Degrees in Social Policy, Politics and International Relations. She is also on the Board of the International Federation of Ageing.  Samantha is a Distinguished Member of the AAG, Co-Convenes the AAG Elder Abuse SIG and Convenes the AAG LGBTI SIG. Her background is in health policy and social justice.  She is passionate about ensuring the voices of older people are heard and making diversity core business in aged care.
Susie Dunn
Consumer Engagement Coordinator
Susie grew up in Western QLD and after finishing school, she travelled Australia, working in very remote communities in central WA, NT and western QLD as a Jillaroo, governess, bore mechanic, Publican and Shearers cook. In 2001 and commenced work for Glen Innes Severn Council Aged & Disability Services as a HACC coordinator. She worked in both direct service and leadership roles for council over the next 13 years and during this time completed a Graduate Certificate and a Master of Gerontology. This was followed by work as a Network Consultant for NSW Meals on Wheels for 7 years. After a recent two year adventure travelling and working in WA, Susie is currently and happily employed by OPAN as the Consumer Engagement Coordinator. Susie has lived and worked in very remote places, where older people are a part of the fabric of the community.
Dr Sandra South
Online Facilitator
Sandra has 20 years of international experience conducting, analysing, compiling and translating research across a wide range of research fields and organisations, including in her work as Policy and Research Manager at the AAG and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Knowledge-Based Policy and Guidance at the National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden.  

She is passionate about working at the intersection between research evidence, professional expertise and experience, and lived experiences to inform policy and practice improvements.  During the past years, Sandra has particularly appreciated the opportunity to volunteer as a breakout room facilitator at OPAN’s National Older Person’s Reference Group meetings.