Professor Bronwyn Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D’harawal Country in NSW Australia. Bronwyn was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Indigenous grant in 2013 for research on Aboriginal identity and community online , and a second ARC in 2016 for research on Indigenous help-seeking on social media. In 2019 she was awarded a third consecutive ARC grant, specifically focusing on Indigenous experiences of online violence.

Bronwyn is the author of The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today? (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016), which includes a chapter on identity and community on social media. She is widely published on the topic of Indigenous cultural, social and political engagements on social media including co-editing and contributing to two special issues; the Australasian Journal of Information Systems (2017) on “Indigenous Activism on Social Media’ and Media International Australia (2018) on “Indigenous Innovation on Social Media” and an edited volume with Rutgers Univeristy Press (2020) “Indigenous People Rise Up: The Global Ascendancy of Social Media Activism”. She is also the founding and managing editor of the Journal of Global Indigeneity and the convenor of The Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE).

Dr Ariella Helfgott is an Experienced Senior Researcher with a demonstrated history of working across disciplines, sectors and social worlds to achieve sustainable and equitable futures. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford and a member of Shell’s Scenario Team.

Ariella holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Adelaide.

Dr. Sabin Fernbacher works as an independent consultant. Her work has focused on social justice, family violence, sexual assault, homelessness and mental health and the intersection of those issue for both, individuals, and systems. She has worked in and across all those sectors as well as in the Mental Health Branch (Victorian Department of Health).

Sabin is committed to the development of realistic policies that are implementable to ultimately make a difference for those accessing services. She enjoys authentically engaging with people from all walks of life and working with people from diverse sectors. She is passionate about collaborating, co-designing, and co-producing with people with lived experience.

Dr Kate Bowles is Associate Dean International at University of Wollongong Australia. She is also Faculty of Law Humanities and Arts and teaches narrative professionalism, research methods and media geography. She writes online at Music for Deckchairs (musicfordeckchairs.com) and can be found on Twitter @KateMfD.

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author based in Sydney, Australia. She hosts The Drum on ABCTV and writes columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her latest book Phosphorescence: On Awe, Wonder And Things That Sustain You When The World Goes Dark  is a beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness – the ‘light within’ – which will sustain us even through the darkest times.

Dr. Neil Cunningham is an Emergency Physician at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He is a passionate advocate for junior doctor welfare and training and was awarded the Victorian Clinical Educator of the Year in 2017, and has just taken on the role of Clinical Director, Medical Workforce. and has recently taken on the role of Director of Medical Workforce.

Professor Bronwyn Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D’harawal Country in NSW Australia. Bronwyn was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Indigenous grant in 2013 for research on Aboriginal identity and community online , and a second ARC in 2016 for research on Indigenous help-seeking on social media. In 2019 she was awarded a third consecutive ARC grant, specifically focusing on Indigenous experiences of online violence.

Bronwyn is the author of The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today? (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016), which includes a chapter on identity and community on social media. She is widely published on the topic of Indigenous cultural, social and political engagements on social media including co-editing and contributing to two special issues; the Australasian Journal of Information Systems (2017) on “Indigenous Activism on Social Media’ and Media International Australia (2018) on “Indigenous Innovation on Social Media” and an edited volume with Rutgers Univeristy Press (2020) “Indigenous People Rise Up: The Global Ascendancy of Social Media Activism”. She is also the founding and managing editor of the Journal of Global Indigeneity and the convenor of The Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE).

Dr Summer May Finlay is a Yorta Yorta woman, public health professional and academic at the University of Wollongong.  She is passionate about Australian politics, Aboriginal issues, health, music, art, films and writes about a variety of other topics.

Twitter @OnTopicAus

Luke Hodge is a four-time premiership player, two-time Peter Crimmins Medallist, two-time Norm Smith Medallist and three-time All-Australian, who has also played in International Rules teams for Australia. An uncompromising leader on and off the field, Luke Hodge is regarded as one of the AFL’s toughest players and a seasoned finals specialist.

Luke has officially returned to the Brisbane Lions, signing on as a mentoring coach for 2020. His role will include offering leadership advice, mentoring the young, emerging players and assisting with craft work after a brilliant 18-year career as a player.

Dr Debbie Ling is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Work, Monash University and a Research Fellow in the Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit. Her PhD research investigated the relationship between the perception of common humanity and compassion in healthcare workers. Debbie developed, trialled and evaluated a single session compassion training intervention which has attracted interest from around the world.

Debbie is also an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker in private practice and a senior clinician social worker at Epworth HealthCare. She sits on the Australian Compassion Council, Charter for Compassion Australia and is also a member of the Australia21 Mindful Futures Network Advisory Group.

 

Kim is an independent consultant, coach and facilitator. She is an experienced CEO and strategic thinker with over 30 years of management and leadership practice. She has worked in all aspects of Mental Health service delivery across the age range in hospital and community settings. Kim is well known for her advocacy role at VICSERV (now Mental Health Victoria) and as part of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). In 2017 she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her contribution to mental health.

Kim consults to a wide range of organisations including the National Disability Insurance Agency, DHHS and a range of mental health, domestic violence and refugee health community organisations. She has completed a Master’s of Business Leadership at RMIT, Postgraduate Certificate of Executive and Organisational Coaching at Swinburne University and is a qualified meditation teacher. She is also a registered occupational therapist (AHPRA: OCC 0001984633).

Sabina Vitacca, known as ‘The personal trainer for the mind’ is Founder of Meditate Now and a sought-after speaker, workshop facilitator and coach.

Sabina has over 10 years’ experience helping busy professionals become more present in their day-to-day life through workshops and one-on-one programs. Sabina understands the nuances and unique challenges of remaining emotionally connected and focused in the confusing world of 2020. 

Through her 1:1 Mindfulness model, workshops and talks, Sabina teaches individuals how to bring mindfulness and meditation practices into the daily work and home life, helping people and organisations transform their unproductive habits, thought patterns and behaviours. 

 

Micaela Cronin has held leadership and service delivery roles across a broad range of fields, both in Australia and internationally. In April 2019 Micaela moved back to Australia to take up the role of Director at the Future Social Service Institute in Melbourne. Prior to that spent three years living in Cambodia, as the global CEO for Hagar International, working across Asia and building global service delivery and strategic partnerships to tackle human trafficking and human rights abuses.
Micaela is proud to be a third-generation social worker, following in the footsteps of trail blazing women in her family. In 2014, Micaela was awarded the Robyn Clark Memorial Award for service and leadership in the children, youth and family services sector. She is also a past CEO of MacKillop Family Services and has extensive leadership and governance experience including being President of both the Victorian Council of Social Services, and the Australia Council of Social Services.

On the 15th of December 2014, the country came to a standstill as news broke that a gunman was holding ten customers and eight employee’s hostage at the Lindt Café in Martin Place, Sydney.

Louisa Hope and her mother Robin had visited the café for a cup of coffee on an ordinary Monday morning. They were trapped for 16 terrifying hours until the Police Tactical Operations Unit stormed the café. Fifty-four year old Louisa, who has multiple sclerosis, was chosen by the gunman as a human shield. Though she suffered a bullet wound to the foot, Louisa and her mother were blessed to survive the ordeal.

Louisa spent much of the next three months in Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. As an expression of gratitude for her care and determined to get something good out of the terrible situation, she founded the Louisa Hope Fund for Nurses. The Fund has been her ‘happy place’ since the siege, providing grants for equipment, education and research.

Gregory Phillips is from the Waanyi and Jaru Aboriginal Australian peoples, and comes from Cloncurry and Mount Isa. He is a medical anthropologist, with twenty-five years’ experience in leading change.

He developed an accredited Indigenous health curriculum for all medical schools in Australia and New Zealand, founded the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network, and co-wrote a national Indigenous health workforce strategy. He established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Ltd in the wake of the federal apology to Indigenous Australians, has advised federal ministers on Indigenous health inequality, and was honoured in 2011 with an ADC Australian Leadership Forum Award.
Gregory has a PhD (‘Dancing With Power: Aboriginal Health, Cultural Safety and Medical Education’), a research master’s degree in medical science (‘Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country’; published as a book in 2003), and a bachelor degree in arts (Aboriginal Studies and Government majors).

Gregory is Chief Executive Officer of ABSTARR Consulting and is a Professor of First People’s Health in the School of Medicine at Griffith University (Adjunct). He serves on several boards and committees, including chairing the Cathy Freeman Foundation and AHPRA and the Australian Medical Council’s Indigenous health strategy groups.

Rosie launched PROJECT ROCKIT with her sister when she was fresh out of high school and dedicated the last 14 years to growing Australia’s youth-driven movement against bullying, hate and prejudice.

PROJECT ROCKIT has positively impacted hundreds of thousands of young people and now serves as the go-to youth cybersafety partner of Google, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Rosie is relentlessly passionate about engineering a kinder digital world and serves on the Global Safety Advisory Boards of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to ensure young people’s voices are heard. Rosie‘s work has been recognised by UNICEF among the 12 Digital Champions for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age and was honoured in Washington D.C. with the International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cybersafety.

In 2019, Rosie received the Order of Australia Medal, recognising her service to young people and her work against bullying and in 2020 was named a 2020 Westpac Social Change Fellow.

Twitter @1RosieThomas

Show Up Hard

In Show Up Hard, Shannon Weber brings stories, lessons, and tools from 25 years of social entrepreneurship to help leaders get unstuck and engage without losing themselves. This practical insight empowers leaders to keep showing up again and again.

Book is available via print, audio, e-book at Amazon, or through the link on on the author’s website: https://www.showuphard.com/

Read the book and join other Compassion Revolutions for a Book Club meet-up with the author.

Date and Time: 2nd November at 10am AEDT.

Zoom link and further details will be sent to people who register.

About the author:

Shannon Weber, MSW(pronoun: she) is the Founder of PleasePrEPMe, advancing access to HIV prevention information and resources by leveraging technology to create connection. She is a Founding Task Force Member for Prevention Access Campaign, responsible for the Undetectable=Untransmittable movement worldwide. Shannon led the launch of the U.S. National Perinatal HIV Hotline, created the hub of sexual and reproductive health at HIVEonline and served as the first director of GettingtoZeroSF, San Francisco’s plan to end the HIV epidemic. She is an ephemeral artist creating public displays of affection, documenting her appreciative inquiry process at LoveYou2. Having published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and received the 2018 UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, she is also the author of Show Up Hard: A Road Map for Helpers in Crisis.For more information: www.xoshannonweber.com

When Katerina Bryant suddenly began experiencing chronic seizures, she was plunged into a foreign world of doctors and psychiatrists, who understood her condition as little as she did. Reacting the only way she knew how, she immersed herself in books, reading her way through her own complicated diagnosis and finding a community of women who shared similar experiences.

Katerina Bryant blends memoir with literary and historical analysis to explore women’s medical treatment. Hysteria retells the stories of silenced women, from the ‘Queen of Hysterics’ Blanche Wittmann to Mary Glover’s illness termed ‘hysterica passio’  a panic attack caused by the movement of the uterus — in London in 1602 and more. By centring these stories of women who had no voice in their own diagnosis and treatment, Bryant finds her own voice: powerful, brave and resonant.

About the author

Katerina Bryant is a writer and PhD student based on Kaurna land (Adelaide, Australia). Her first book, Hysteria: A Memoir of Illness, Strength and Women’s Stories Throughout History (NewSouth), is out now. You can buy it at your local independent bookstore or here.

Katerina’s work has appeared in The Guardian, Meanjin, Griffith Review and Kill Your Darlings, amongst others. You can read some of it here.

Her essays have been shortlisted for the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, 2018 Feminartsy Memoir Prize and 2019 The Lifted Brow and non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction. Her work is also in the collection ‘Balancing Acts: Women in Sport’.

Katerina has been an artist at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, National Young Writers Festival, Noted Festival and the Digital Writers’ Festival. She was also the inaugural recipient of the 2018 Writers SA Varuna Fellowship for Emerging Writers where she developed an essay collection about the lives of animals.

Katerina tweets @katerina_bry.

Read the book then join us at the Book club

Hysteria is available from   Booktopia  and   Kobo (e-book) or  your local bookstore.

Read more about Katerina here: https://katerinabryant.com/hysteria

Read the book and join other Compassion Revolutions for a Book Club meet-up with the author

Date and Time 24th November 6.30pm- 7.30  AEDT

Zoom link will be sent to those who register to attend. 

Phosphorescence: On awe, wonder and things that sustain you when the world goes dark

by Julia Baird

The national bestseller, Phosphorescence is a beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness – the ‘light within’ – which will sustain us even through the darkest times.

Over the last decade, we have become better at knowing what brings us contentment, well-being and joy. We know, for example, that there are a few core truths to science of happiness. We know that being kind and altruistic makes us happy, that turning off devices, talking to people, forging relationships, living with meaning and delving into the concerns of others offer our best chance at achieving happiness. But how do we retain happiness? It often slips out of our hands as quickly as we find it. So, when we are exposed to, or learn, good things, how do we continue to burn with them?

And more than that, when our world goes dark, when we’re overwhelmed by illness or heartbreak, loss or pain, how do we survive, stay alive or even bloom? In the muck and grit of a daily existence full of disappointments and a disturbing lack of control over many of the things that matter most – finite relationships, fragile health, fraying economies, a planet in peril – how do we find, nurture and carry our own inner, living light – a light to ward off the darkness?

Read the book then join us at the Book club

Phosphorescence is available wherever good books are sold and online as an e-book.

Read the book and then join in as we chat with Julia Baird about this wonderful book that is resonating so deeply for so many at this time.

Date and Time: 2.00pm AEDT on the 10th November

Julia Baird in conversation with Dr Jane Munro

Zoom link and further information will be sent to those who register to attend. 

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird

About the Film

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.

Current evidence suggests that when delivered by qualified practitioners in clinical settings, mindfulness training can be equal to medication and psychotherapy in treating chronic stress and pain, recurrent depression, anxiety and some addictions.
At a time in which there is only one psychiatrist available per 100,000 people in over half the countries in the world, mindfulness is by no means a panacea, but at present it’s the only solution which works as an adjunct to conventional care and is also low cost and scalable.

My Year of Living Mindfully has been selected for numerous international film festivals to date, and was awarded Cinequest’s Thrive award for being the festival’s “most inspiring and life affirming film.”

Film Club Details

Register to attend and we will send you the streaming link on the 10th November. You get 7 days to watch the film at a time that suits you.

Then, join the Producer, Shannon Harvey in conversation with Kim Koop AM, Dr Debbie Ling and Sabina Vitaccca and all the revolutionaries.

Film Club Date and Time: 17th November 2020 7.00pm AEDT

We will send you the film link and the zoom Film Club link on the 10th November. Watch the film before we meet up if you can.

Lucy Mayes is an author, facilitator, presenter, story catcher, wisdom collector, space holder, team builder, purpose finder, consultant & coach. Her work focuses on compassionate, humanist, authentic leadership for our times, and on developing individuals, teams, organisations and communities to enhance wellbeing, connection and purpose. Lucy’s unique skillset draws on her background as a lawyer, company director and social worker, having worked across multiple settings including corporate, education, local government and not for profit. Lucy’s pioneering work in leadership development has been recognised with her being awarded the Australian Rural Women’s Award, Victorian Runner Up in 2008, and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2000. She is author of Beyond the Stethoscope: doctors’ stories of reclaiming hope, heart and healing in medicine, inspired her doctor husband’s journey with burnout. The book is a collection of raw, intimate, provocative and inspiring stories of surviving and thriving in medicine, by compassion warriors across Australia, New Zealand and internationally.

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Adjunct Professor David Plunkett is the Chief Executive of Eastern Health.

David has worked at Eastern Health since 2002 and was appointed Chief Executive in September 2016. David is responsible to the Board of Directors for the overall management and performance of Eastern Health. Prior to this appointment, David was the Executive Director of Acute Health/Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, along with a number of other roles. David’s focus on the patient and outcomes has been enhanced by his work as a surveyor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. Prior to joining Eastern Health, David held senior roles at Epworth Richmond and Latrobe Regional Hospital. He holds an MBA, is a GAICD and is a fully qualified perioperative (theatre) nurse.

Mark Crosweller is currently the Head of the National Resilience Taskforce for the Department of Home Affairs within the Australian Government. In this role, Mark is responsible for liaising extensively at the national level across governments, NGOs and the private sector to lead nation-wide reform to reduce the impact of disasters on Australian communities and the economy through disaster mitigation and resilience policy.

Mark’s extensive career spans across the private sector as well as local, state, territory and federal governments. During this time Mark has led large and diverse workforces at division, group and agency level in all aspects of strategy, operations and corporate governance.

In his previous role over a five year period as Director General of Emergency Management Australia, Mark was responsible for the coordination of Australia’s response to crises, including natural disasters and to terrorist and security related incidents both domestically and internationally. Mark also led and directed National Emergency Management Strategy and Policy and the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements as well as coordinating the delivery of protective security to Australia’s Holders of High Office, events of special significance and to the diplomatic community within Australia. He was also responsible for briefing Australia’s Prime Minister and the Cabinet of the Australian Government in relation to all aspects of disaster management.

Dr Marie Bismark is a medical practitioner and health law academic, who leads the Law and Public Health Group at the University of Melbourne. In addition to her academic role, Marie works in psychiatry with Melbourne Health and serves on the board of a number of health sector companies, including GMHBA Health Insurance and Summerset aged care. In 2004-2005 she completed a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy at Harvard University, researching alternatives to medical malpractice litigation. Marie has published widely on patient safety and healthcare complaints resolution. Marie and her husband Matthew have three teenage children.

Rachel Callander is a TEDx presenter, speaker, trainer, award winning artist and the author of the Outstanding Book of the Year Award 2015 IPPY New York, Super Power Baby Project. This exceptional book celebrates the lives and abilities of children with chromosomal or genetic conditions, and was inspired by Rachel’s late daughter Evie, who was born with a very rare condition herself. This book is Evie’s legacy, as is Rachel herself, and both have much to teach us about ourselves, and how we negotiate conflict, grief, hope, uniqueness, celebration, and a meaningful life.

Rachel is a highly sought-after speaker at conferences around Australia and NZ. She teaches how the first words used at diagnosis critically shape how a parent perceives their future: the words can allow the parent to be their best, and find meaning even in pain; or they can create anger, mistrust, frustration, and can break down the crucial relationship between the parent and the health professional.

Learn more about her work

Tony Walker ASM is Chief Executive Officer of Ambulance Victoria. He is a Registered Paramedic with over three decades experience working in a range of senior clinical, operational and leadership roles within the ambulance sector. Over the past four years Tony has led significant transformation at Ambulance Victoria to improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce and the response they provide to the community.

Tony holds an adjunct appointment as Associate Professor in the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University and is a Fellow of Paramedics Australasia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, and a Board Director of the Emergency Services Foundation, the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Tony is a recipient of the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) for his contribution to the development of ambulance services at a state and national level and has also been awarded the National Heart Foundation President’s Award and the Australian Resuscitation Council Medal for his significant contributions to improving cardiovascular health and resuscitation practice and outcomes.

Dr Komal Bajaj is an innovator, catalyst and advocate who serves as Chief Quality Officer for NYC Health in the Bronx. She finds the human side of change truly fascinating and is laser focused on transforming not just how healthcare is delivered, but how it feels to deliver healthcare. Her elementary aged twins are a wellspring of inspiration on why and how to be better.

 

Dr Ruth DeSouza is a highly experienced multidisciplinary educator, researcher and consultant, specialising in cross cultural engagement, cultural safety, and the interface of digital technologies within CALD communities. Her background is in nursing where she has extensive experience as a clinician, researcher and academic in New Zealand and Australia. Ruth is a 2020 RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, based in the School of Art and a member of the Design and Creative Practice Enabling Capability Platform (ECP). Her fellowship project aims to engage health professionals in finding new ways to understand, co-design and implement sustainable cultural safety initiatives in a range of health contexts.

Matiu Bush founded One Good Street, a simple grassroots initiative harnessing the power of community to encourage neighbour initiated care for older residents at risk of social isolation and loneliness. Matiu was named one of the top 25 most influential people in the Australian Social sector by Probono in 2020. Matiu is the Clinical Lead for the mandatory quarantine of returned travellers in Victoria, part of the DHHS COVID-19 response and has a Master’s degree in Public Health and broad clinical and managerial nursing experience, including working in Tijuana, Mexico with Nobel Prize Laureate Mother Teresa in international border aid.
Matiu contributes to health system innovation through involvement with Better Care Victoria as a board member and as the Deputy Editor for the Journal of Health Design. As a proud Rotarian, Matiu mentors the next generation of undergraduate and postgraduate LGBTI science through the Pinnacle Foundation Mentoring Program.

Dr Ari Horton’s infectious focus on compassion and kindness in healthcare, even in critical care settings, is part of a sustained process for supporting a revolution in the way we think about holistic healthcare and wellbeing

Committed to improving workplace culture, education, clinical ethics and communication, his research looks toward improving the outcomes and journeys of staff as well as patients and families by reforming the system. Having recently completed his training journey he has a particular focus on the care of junior staff and students in the hospital system.

Dr Lauren Powell  was recently named among Fortune’s 40 Under 40 in Healthcare. Dr. Powell is the President & CEO of The Equitist, LLC and concurrently serves as the Vice President and Head of TIME’S UP Foundation’s Healthcare Industry work. In this role she spearheads national efforts to champion health equity, and eradicate racism and sexism from health care workplaces.

For more than a decade, Dr. Powell has been immersed in broad and progressive leadership positions where she’s been unapologetically outspoken about racial injustices and health inequities. Her professional and personal experiences spearheading equity efforts in healthcare, state government, academia, and public health, make her a nationally sought after leader, speaker, and consultant on all things health equity.

Twitter  https://twitter.com/drlaurenp

Shannon Harvey is the award winning director of two internationally acclaimed documentaries, The Connection: Mind Your Body and My Year of Living Mindfully. Her first book The Whole Health Life is about finding good health after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. As a journalist and filmmaker she spent many years working for leading news organisations such as the ABC and Fairfax. She’s the recipient of the National Press Club of Australia’s “Health Journalist of The Year” award and now produces a popular blog and podcast, whilst balancing her health and being the mother of two adventurous boys.

Mary Freer is a social change maker and a much needed voice for a braver posture of compassion in our health and aged care services across the world.

Mary has a long career in healthcare having worked as a clinical social worker, policy writer, primary care manager, national health executive and now as the Executive Producer of Compassion Revolution and Director of Freerthinking.

Dr Ian Summers is an Emergency Physician, Medical Educator and Director of Simulation at Monash Health in Melbourne. He is known for his passion for asking questions of panels at conferences, often combining this with simulated cases bringing hypotheticals to life.

Outside medicine, he has a keen interest in wildlife photography and directing his lens at the very finest of conferences, including Compassion Revolution. He travels and bushwalks with family. During lockdown, he grows his hair unfashionably long, and drinks whisky, watching nature documentaries and the daily case numbers from the city he loves.

(Instagram @summphotos) or on twitter as @IanMeducator.

Jane Sloane is senior director, Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality at The Asia Foundation. She provides intellectual and programmatic leadership for The Asia Foundation’s programmes to empower women and advance gender equality in Asia. Jane oversees a team in Washington and San Francisco and works with the foundation’s 18 country offices to influence policy and legal change and social norms through working with institutions, local partners and movements to achieve transformative change in Asia and the Pacific.

Jane was previously Vice President of Programs at Global Fund for Women, an organisation that uses its powerful networks to find, fund and amplify the work of women who are building social movements that are challenging the status quo and working to transform systems and economies.

Jane is also an Atlantic Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Professor Sutton has extensive experience and clinical expertise in public health and communicable diseases, gained through emergency medicine and field-based international work, including in Afghanistan and Timor-Leste. He represents Victoria on a number of key national bodies including the AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee). He is the Victorian Chief Health Officer and  also Chief Human Biosecurity Officer for Victoria.

Professor Sutton is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM). He is also a member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine.

Katerina Bryant is a writer and PhD student based on Kaurna land (Adelaide, Australia). Her first book, Hysteria: A Memoir of Illness, Strength and Women’s Stories Throughout History (NewSouth), is out now. You can buy it at your local independent bookstore or here.

Katerina’s work has appeared in The Guardian, Meanjin, Griffith Review and Kill Your Darlings, amongst others. You can read some of it here.

Her essays have been shortlisted for the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, 2018 Feminartsy Memoir Prize and 2019 The Lifted Brow and non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction. Her work is also in the collection ‘Balancing Acts: Women in Sport’.

Katerina has been an artist at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, National Young Writers Festival, Noted Festival and the Digital Writers’ Festival. She was also the inaugural recipient of the 2018 Writers SA Varuna Fellowship for Emerging Writers where she developed an essay collection about the lives of animals.

Katerina tweets @katerina_bry.

Dr Robin Youngson is a physician and anaesthetic specialist in New Zealand, internationally renowned for his leadership promoting compassion in healthcare. He is the CoFounder of ‘Hearts in Healthcare’, a global social movement for health professionals, students, patient activists, health managers and all those passionate about rehumanising healthcare.

Learn more about his work

https://heartsinhealthcare.com/

We live on a planet inhabited by 7.53 billion people. Half of the world’s wealth is now in the hands of 1% of the population. In a world full of injustice and inequity, violence, war and famine there are striking moments of care, compassion, love and bravery. We need to create systems and micro interactions that grow compassion and kindness.

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We all have the right to feel safe. Our health and aged care systems must provide high quality and safe services without compromising a compassionate approach to both patients, clients and staff.

We need to continue to strive towards creating a world where we are all safe to move freely in the world. A world that addresses sexism, racism, domestic violence, homophobia and ageism.

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Despite the hyper-connectedness of the modern world, loneliness and isolation are still very much with us. Loneliness has real and damaging health consequences.  

A compassionate response builds connection and finds ways to bring people together.

Gill is globally known as a survivor of the London terrorist Bombings on 7 July 7, 2005.

There are few people who have endured such unimaginable trauma and are able to rejoice and celebrate just being alive. Equally there are few people who can speak about a tragic event in such an engaging and uplifting manner. Her appreciation and gratitude is infectious and offers a brilliant reminder of just how precious our lives are.

Learn more about her work

http://www.madminds.org/

Shannon Weber, MSW (pronoun: she) is the Founder of PleasePrEPMe, advancing access to HIV prevention information and resources by leveraging technology to create connection. She is a Founding Task Force Member for Prevention Access Campaign, responsible for the Undetectable=Untransmittable movement worldwide. Shannon led the launch of the U.S. National Perinatal HIV Hotline, created the hub of sexual and reproductive health at HIVEonline and served as the first director of GettingtoZeroSF, San Francisco’s plan to end the HIV epidemic. She is an ephemeral artist creating public displays of affection, documenting her appreciative inquiry process at LoveYou2. Having published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and received the 2018 UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, she is also the author of Show Up Hard: A Road Map for Helpers in Crisis.For more information: www.xoshannonweber.com

Dr Fiona Kerr is founder of the NeuroTech Institute, an independent body working at the intersection of neuroscience, emerging technology and ethical practice.
Fiona advises and works with organisations ranging from US Defense to Cirque du Soleil, with projects including how soldiers interact with autonomous systems in decision making, how to design multimodal gadgets which have a positive cognitive impact, and why face-to-face interaction with a nurse makes a patient heal better.

She is an international speaker, appears regularly in media and works across five countries with companies, research bodies and governments such as Finland’s steering committee to design their future AI program.

Learn more about her work

http://fiona-kerr.com/

 

Professor Helen Sanderson shows new ways of working, where the wellbeing of patients and people matter, where communities benefit. This has to start with compassion, for ourselves, each other and together in communities.

Helen leads the social enterprise, Helen Sanderson Associates, working internationally to embed person-centred practices in the heart of organisations and communities — creating better lives together. She is also co-founder of charity Community Circles, creating solutions to loneliness together. She was recently named by NESTA as one of 50 New Radicals in the UK and is the author of over twenty books and is a TedX speaker.

Learn more about her work

http://helensanderson.net/

Dr James Doty is the author of the best selling book Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. As director of CCARE, Dr. Doty has collaborated on many research projects focused on compassion and altruism including the use of neuro-economic models to assess altruism, use of the CCARE compassion cultivation training in individuals and its effect, assessment of compassion and altruistic judgment. Presently, he is developing collaborative research projects to assess the effect of compassion training on immunologic and other physiologic determinates of health, the use of mentoring as a method of instilling compassion in students and the use of compassion training to decrease pain.

Learn more about his work