In 2021, the CEIH partnered with Mary Freer of Freer Thinking to create the South Australian Compassion Collaborative. The Compassion Collaborative was an online, facilitated environment that brought together people from across the South Australian Health Sector to learn about, promote and support compassionate cultures and practices. It arose as a response, an antidote, to the often demanding and stressful situations that those who work in Health in SA were experiencing during the Pandemic.
Collaborative members met formally once per month as a community invested in building skills in, and awareness of, compassionate listening, compassionate speech, compassionate action and self-compassionate practices in the workplace. Members shared what they were implementing in their workplace, what worked, what didn’t, to build compassionate cultures.
The SA Compassion Collaborative held their final meeting in March 2022. Feedback from members indicates that their understanding of compassion, of compassionate action and their skills in working compassionately and practicing self-compassion were all enriched during their time with the Collaborative.
Work is under way to establish a member-led South Australian Health Sector Virtual Compassion Community to continue the good work that has been started through the sharing of resources, advice and encouragement.