Compassion Labs

Com­pas­sion Labs are a way for us to learn how to be more resilient and adap­tive leaders.

What are they?

Com­pas­sion is at the heart of good health­care. It builds trust, alle­vi­ates anx­i­ety and dis­tress, and improves health outcomes. 

We part­nered with leader of Freer­Think­ing, Mary Freer, to run a series of Com­pas­sion Labs for South Aus­tralian health work­ers. These work­shops teach peo­ple about the sci­ence behind com­pas­sion, includ­ing our phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal response to stress. They give peo­ple prac­ti­cal tools to use at work and home to sus­tain com­pas­sion towards them­selves so that they can con­tin­ue being com­pas­sion­ate to others.

Why is it a problem?

When we are sick, vul­ner­a­ble or wor­ried about a loved one, we should be treat­ed with com­pas­sion and have access to the best healthcare.

With grow­ing demands on the health­care sys­tem, increas­ing com­plex­i­ties of con­di­tions and pres­sure from oth­er aspects of their per­son­al lives, it can be chal­leng­ing for health work­ers to sus­tain a lev­el of com­pas­sion toward them­selves and others.

What are we doing about it?

We’ve part­nered with leader of Freer­Think­ing, Mary Freer, to run a series of Com­pas­sion Labs for South Aus­tralian health workers.

These sem­i­nars are designed to teach peo­ple how to turn their atten­tion inward and devel­op greater empa­thy and emo­tion­al intelligence.

Mary offers her audi­ence the tools to low­er their stress lev­els, opti­mise their pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and lis­ten to oth­ers to help build a safer health­care sys­tem and avoid burnout.

Com­pas­sion Labs include a the­o­ret­i­cal com­po­nent that cov­ers the neu­ro­science of com­pas­sion­ate lead­er­ship and par­tic­i­pants will begin to under­stand how to use com­pas­sion to build rela­tion­ships and trust.

Some­times this involves hav­ing dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions, but ulti­mate­ly results in learn­ing how to be ful­ly present for our­selves and our colleagues.

More infor­ma­tion

For more infor­ma­tion about Com­pas­sion Labs vis­it the Freer­think­ing web­site or check out the Com­pas­sion Lab Manifesto.

Hear more about the Com­pas­sion Labs from our Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Human-Cen­tred Design, Jar­rard O’Brien.

Compassion Labs with Jarrard O'Brien