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Co-design in health: free e-learning courses available | He hoahoa-tahi: He kaupapa ako-i utu kore

8 Aug 2023

We have developed a suite of free e-learning courses for co-design that are available to all health care professionals through Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health’s Learn Online platform. Co-design is a tool that brings together consumers, whānau and communities to ensure that multiple perspectives are reflected in the design, delivery and evaluation of services.


These courses are open to anyone (first-time Learn Online users will need to create a login). Learners can work through these courses at their own pace.

For more information or support, please contact a member of the He Hoa Tiaki | Partners in Care team. You can reach us by emailing or calling us on 0800 275 742.

Co-design in health: an introduction

This course is designed for health care professionals and consumers. It explores the six stages of a co-design process and how to use it to engage consumers, whānau, staff and other stakeholders to design and provide health services that better meet the needs of people.  

You may also hear terms such as co-creation and co-production used alongside co-design. The co-design process described within this course encompasses all the above terms and focuses significantly on people’s experiences with co-design in health services.  

This course explores: 

  • what co-design is 
  • why it is important to include all relevant stakeholders in the co-design process  
  • the importance of culture and experience 
  • co-design and quality improvement 
  • what successful co-design looks like. 

To access the course please click here. It takes up to 75 minutes to complete.

Courses for health care staff

Co-design in health: Supporting consumers, whānau and communities to contribute to co-design

This course has been created for health care professionals who may have some or no previous experience of working with consumers, whānau and communities in co-design and would like to know more.

It focuses on how staff can support and engage consumers to share their lived experience, to be a member of a project team or to participate on a steering group.   

To access the course, please click here. It takes up to 15 minutes to complete.

Engaging Māori consumers in co-design  

‘Mā tō rourou, mā tōku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.’  

'With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.'

This course has been created for health care professionals. It's about building supportive, trusting and mutually beneficial partnerships with Māori. It aims to influence equitable outcomes for Māori through co-design by ensuring that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the principles of Wai 2575 are recognised and acted upon. Learning objectives include an increased confidence in engaging with Māori consumers, whānau and their communities and an understanding of how cultural safety is interwoven in co-design. It discusses rebuilding trust with tangata whenua and nuances around culture and cultural diversity (iwi and hapū).  

To access the course, please click here. It takes up to 20 minutes to complete.

Engaging Pacific consumers in co-design

Kia orana, Talofa lava, Mālō e lelei, Noa'ia e mauri, Tālofa, Mālō ni, Mauri, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia ora and warm Pacific greetings.

This course aims to increase equitable outcomes for Pacific people through co-design by ensuring co-design practitioners understand why it’s important not to group Pacific peoples under one ‘umbrella’. This course describes the diversity and nuances within Pacific cultures and aims to increase practitioner confidence in engaging with Pacific peoples. It also aims to increase understanding of how cultural safety is interwoven in co-design and can help to rebuild trust with Pacific communities. 

To access the course, please click here. It takes up to 20 minutes to complete.

Co-design in health: How you can be involved – a guide for consumers, whānau and communities

This course is designed for consumers who are interested in knowing more about co-design.

People who use health services, and their whānau and communities, have unique experiences of health care. These experiences provide important knowledge that can be used to improve health services for all.

This course introduces co-design and describes ways in which consumers can be involved.

To access the course, please click here. It takes up to 20 minutes to complete.

Published: 8 Aug 2023 Modified: 8 Aug 2023