Long live the revolution

Our world
needs care

We need it more than ever before. We call for compassionate leaders to bring their wisdom and inspiration to the work of health, aged care and social good.

Our Compassion Initiatives

Compassion Conference

Compassion Revolution: Reset + Redesign 2021 

In  2021  we’re going hybrid, with speakers and an audience from the world.  Join us virtually or in person with a smaller audience in Adelaide, South Australia.

Compassion Labs

Compassion Labs 

The Lab has been carefully designed for people who work in health, aged care or social services. We bring people together, create a safe environment and facilitate a deeper learning about the important work of compassion in your organisation.

Compassion Collaborative

Compassion Collaborative 

For the first time, Compassion Revolution partners with the Commission for Excellence and Innovation in Health to bring together people working in health across South Australia who share a commitment to build safer, more caring and effective healthcare services. South Australian will be the first Chapter with other Chapters to follow.


About Mary Freer BSW (Hons)

Mary is committed to creating a more compassionate world. 

She has contributed to Australia’s healthcare system reform in a variety of executive and leadership roles over the past 30 years in both State and National government agencies and not for profit health and social care services. 

Mary has founded social change movements  and worked closely with global health improvement leaders, clinicians and administrators in many countries across the world to bring about system improvement.

Mary is a Westpac Social Change Fellow and a Social Innovator at Freerthinking, a dynamic enterprise with a mission to catalyse social impact.

Mary Freer


I can’t thank you enough. I felt more affirmed that I am on the right path after one day of your conference than I have felt in a few years. I did feel as though I belonged and that I wasn’t the only one ‘going on’ about the issue of compassion in health care.

Dr Nadia Chaves, Physician in General Medicine, Alfred Health

Mary Freer is a marvel: the way she brings people together to imagine new futures for healthcare is filled with energy, curiosity and joy. Mary leads from a deep understanding of healthcare as a human system. As a consumer and as a researcher I value Mary’s commitment to good evidence, and to achieving change that puts people first. What you learn from Mary’s events will keep you thinking for a long time

Assoc Prof Kate Bowles, University of Wollongong

Mary is a visionary, transformative and inclusive leader who inspires and amplifies the leadership and learning of others through her work, events, and training. In a time of Covid-19 pandemic Mary was able to rapidly respond and cultivate a community of practice that facilitated deep learning and shifts in resources, mindsets and priorities to provide support and attention where it was most needed. It is my great privilege to be connected to Mary through her work and networks and I commend her expertise and thought leadership to anyone seeking to effect meaningful change locally and globally.

Jane Sloane, Senior Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation

Mary Freer is the real deal. She transformed the way I conceptualize compassion: a muscular structure of strength best tended to with attention and delight. Anything Mary leads is a “YES PLEASE!” for me.

Shannon Weber, Author of Show Up Hard: A Roadmap for Helpers in Crisis

Mary has been our fairy godmother, sprinkling compassion over everything she does. Whether it is conducting one-on-one interviews with Hollywood stars, facilitating small group workshops, or hosting large events she makes sure the audience knows that it is never about her, but about us, and how we can all be more compassionate

Dr Andrew Tagg, Emergency Medicine Consultant