This extraordinary Deadly Djurumin Yarn case study explores culturally responsive design with the client and design team for the Synapse Community Living Initiative.

Watch clips from this amazing session below, and purchase access to the full recording via Vimeo on demand. (See below for Parlour Collective and concession codes, along with CPD details.)

This case study of the Synapse Community Living Initiative in Cairns explores the design and development of a culturally responsive accommodation facility for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with brain injuries. 

The Yarn looks at what ‘non-institutional’ design means in a health context. It brings together the client and design team to discuss the design process that created the facility and program that gives room for rehabilitation, and supports learning of independent living skills considerate of Indigenous behavioural and cultural values.

Francoise Lane, herself a member of the design team, facilitates this Deadly Djurumin Yarn with Synapse’s CEO Dr Jennifer Cullen, Synapse Community Living Initiative Manager Janine Taylor and the collaborative design team – People Oriented Design’s Dr Shaneen Fantin, Indij Design’s Andrew Lane and Abriculture’s Gudju Gudju Fourmile. 



  • $38 Parlour Collective  (To access this use the promo code Collective at checkout).
  • $50 General
  • $11 Concession (anyone who needs it – students, those not working, part-timers etc. To access this use the promo code Concession at checkout.)

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One hour of formal CPD on completion of the CPD questions. See here for the series Learning Objectives.

Once the questions are completed, you will receive an email from Google forms with your responses. Please keep this – it provides the evidence of attendance and completion. Please note, separate CPD certificates will not be issued. If you can’t find the email, remember to check your spam folder.

The Deadly Djurumin Yarns are a collaboration between Deadly Djurumin and Parlour. This yarn was recorded live online Friday 5 August.