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Compassion Month

Every Thursday afternoon in November – 2.30pm AEDT  – 4.30pm AEDT
a panel of inspiring speakers.

(Can’t make that time? We’ve got you. All sessions will be recorded for ticket holders to view the following day).

Every week a book to read and an author to meet.

Every morning an inspiration.

Surprises and delight along the way.

Welcome to Compassion Revolution 2020.

The Program

Over two highly interactive hours each week, for all of November, we will learn new skills, develop new strategies and make a commitment to take compassionate action.

Alongside our program, we will introduce the Book and Film Club for Revolutionaries. A selection of carefully curated offerings, a handful of creative questions, and an invitation to meet with the authors and tease out some of the complexities of the work of compassion.


Book club

Show Up Hard: A Road Map for Helpers in Crisis

Shannon Weber

Read more

Acknowledgement of Country

Mary Freer

The Assignment. Feel all the things then find the light.


Five Minute Grounding Exercise with Carsten Grim


Covid-19 What have we learnt?

“We will not go back to normal. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalised greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature”.   

Sonya Renee Taylor, author of The Body is Not an Apology


Chair : Matiu Bush

Prof Brett Sutton

Jane Sloane

Dr Lauren Powell

Micaela Cronin

Questions and comments from the audience

Reflections and actions



Facilitated Break-out rooms will be open for 60 mins after close for those who wish to stay on and catch up with colleagues and continue the conversation.

10 NOV

Book Club


Julia Baird

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12 NOV

Welcome: Dr Sabin Fernbacher

Beyond empathy: stories that change practice

The stories of patients and those with lived experience of our health and social care systems are vital to improving the quality of our services and building our awareness and empathy. How do we challenge ourselves to go further than listening? How can we honour the stories that are so generously shared and take the lessons back to our practice?

Chair – Dr Kate Bowles

Katerina Bryant

Dr Ruth DeSouza

Dr Summer May Finlay

Interlude with Marvel and Victory Ebinum


Stamp Your Passport: Empathy Adventures For Challenging Times  

Empathy is a muscle that can be developed. Without attention, our empathy muscle can atrophy. In this Masterclass, learn to grow your empathy muscle through an everyday practice of Empathy Adventures.

A highly interactive workshop to build your Empathy Passport.

Shannon Weber

13 NOV

World Kindness Day

Get ready to be your kindest.

17 NOV

Film Club

My Year of Living Mindfully

Julian Harvey, Shannon Harvey

In the midst of a global mental health crisis, millions of people have turned to mindfulness. But does it actually make us happier and healthier?In a world-first experiment, journalist Shannon Harvey recruited a team of scientists to put mindful meditation to the test. But what began as a year-long self-experiment soon became a life-changing experience.

Join Kim Koop AM in a lively conversation with the film’s Producer Shannon Harvey.

They will be joined by Dr Debbie Ling and Sabina Vitacca.

Please note : you will be able to access the film from the 10th November to view at a time that works for you.

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19 NOV

Leading High Performing Teams

Chair Dr Ian Summers

Tony Walker ASM

Dr Komal Bajaj

Dr Marie Bismark


People Staring at Screens: The future will not be passive.

Our world is full of screens. We keep them in our hands, purses and pockets, next to our beds while we sleep, and surround ourselves with screens on our desks and counter tops. Three speakers introduce us to a world in front of a screen.

Prof Bronwyn Carlson

Dr Fiona Kerr

Rosie Thomas OAM

24 NOV

Book Club

Hysteria: A Memoir of strength and women’s stories throughout history

Katerina Bryant in conversation with Kate Bowles

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26 NOV

Welcome: Kim Koop AM

Othering and Belonging

Dr Gill Hicks AM MBE in conversation with TBC.


The Portal. Crowd sourcing the future.

This final session promises to be unmissable. We are inviting our speakers and our community to respond to this moment in time. Each of the speakers have been given this powerful quote to reflect on in preparation.

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it”

Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things


Panel: The Pandemic is a Portal

Prof Gregory Phillips

Dr Gill Hicks AM MBE

Mary Freer


Now, more
than ever

The extraordinary demands on health workers in managing the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented. We are all being stretched in ways we never could have imagined. Health and aged care workers, like everyone else, need social connection.

COVID-19 is challenging our relationships across all of our networks. We’re missing the conversations at conference sessions, the stimulation of hearing great speakers, the joy of being in a crowd.

Compassion Revolution brings all that energy and all those feel-good emotions and wraps them around a line-up of powerful and creative speakers from around the world.

Because: you’ve got this and we’ve got you!

This need to keep connected emotionally is more important than ever.

The Venue

We are using a digital community platform that creates the spaces for learning and synchronicity to happen: a place where people can show themselves as individuals and connect rather than observe.

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