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