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Thinking to Action

Compassion Revolution 2019 was held on September 10 & 11.

“By far the most moving and inspiring conference I have ever been to. Superb Speakers and all the audience were amazing A revolution is happening… the Compassion Revolution & I’m in!”


–  Sally Close, Business and Leadership Consultant, Acronem Consulting


The Pavillion, Arts Centre Melbourne

8:00 am


9:00 am

Welcome to Country

Welcome to the Revolution – shaping the space

9:30 am

Compassion – is it all in the mind?

When we witness compassion and when we behave compassionately we experience physiological changes to our brains and bodies. The changes are so profound that we can even change the expression of our genes.

When we create organisational cultures where people feel overlooked, distressed or burnt-out we create calculable harm. Everything we do to improve organisational compassion makes a difference.


Dr James Doty

Dr Fiona Kerr

Chair: Mary Freer

10:30 am

Morning tea

11:00 am

Robust and muscular ideas to consider

The relationship between compassion and social justice is an important one. Compassion is not a soft and fluffy added extra, it is a robust and muscular component of high functioning teams, fair societies and safe organisations. 


Prof Gregory Phillips

Micaela Cronin

Chair: Kim Koop AM


Launch of Resolve

Compassion is a muscle. It requires many repetitions to grow strength.

Resolve is a program that builds the learning environment where people engage in facilitated conversations about the heart of their work.


Mary Freer
Kim Koop AM

12:30 pm


1:30 pm

When we look a little deeper

The power of story and narrative are the forces that drive change, but most importantly, they fuel the people that make change possible.


Lucy Mayes

Rachel Callander

Dr Isabel Hanson and Safdar Ahmed

Chair: Dr Kate Bowles

3:00 pm

Afternoon tea

3:30 pm

Love in the arms of strangers

“When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up… to become their brothers’ keepers. And that purposefulness and connectedness brings joy even amidst death, chaos, fear and loss. Were we to know and believe this, our sense of what is possible at any time might change” Rebecca Solnit


Mark Crosweller

Assoc. Prof. Tony Walker

Dr Gill Hicks AM MBE

Chair: Lucy Mayes

5.15 pm

Cocktail event

Arts Centre Melbourne

Dr Rachel Cameron, Senior Consultant, Adjutor Consulting

I feel inspired by the conference, I made some great connections and know I am meant to help others with compassion.


The Pavillion, Arts Centre Melbourne

9:00 am

Did you read the morning paper?

A hypothetical that speaks to the complex challenges that face our  healthcare system on any given day.

Panel Members

Dr Marie Bismark

Adjunct Prof David Plunkett

Louisa Hope

Dr Neil Cunningham

Moderator: Dr Ian Summers

 9.50 – 10.50

Focussing on what is strong; not what is wrong.

Wellness Dreaming uses a strength-based approach in community conversations, enabling self-determination for wellbeing. It encourages service providers to re-think holistic wellness and prioritise the voices of First Nations Peoples.

This invitation to step into a Wellness Dreaming Circle will give us all a glimpse of its power and the beauty.


Nellie Flagg
Karen Ingram

10:50 am

Morning Tea

11:20 am

Future State…if we dare

Our next step brings so much possibility. What if we dared to create the interactions, the systems, and the conversations that we know our future requires of us?

Dr Robin Youngson
Dr Ari Horton

Chair: Kim Koop AM

 12:30 pm


1:30 pm

The Revolution goes to work

What happens when we take these ideas and practices into our workplace?

Three speakers will introduce you to the models of change they have developed and are bringing alive in Australia, USA and the UK.

Shannon Weber

Prof. Helen Sanderson

Chair: Belinda Macleod-Smith

3 pm

Afternoon tea

3.30 pm

How can we be a powerful force for compassion?

We have the tools, the insight and the smarts and now we need to build something new.

Mary Freer

Dr Robin Youngson

Dr James Doty

Dr Gill Hicks AM MBE

4.15 pm

Closing Ceremony

4.45 pm



Thanks to our partners for supporting the Compassion Revolution.