Australian Compassion Council

Dr Lynne Reeder is a Director of Australia21, trained as a meditation teacher with Deepak Chopra and is currently researching in compassion and empathy within policy making settings.

Terry Ayling is a spiritual entrepreneur, consultant, carer and compassion advocate.  He is Facilitator of the ‘Compassionate Cities Gold Coast’ Initiative; Co-ordinator of Gold Coast Health’s Spiritual Care Service and Creative Director of Spirited Communities.  A Uniting Church Minister and spiritual carer-chaplain for 25 years, Terry is committed to the creation and animation of spirited and compassionate communities.

Dr Stan Steindl is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Psychology Consultants Pty Ltd and also Adjunct Associate Professor at School of Psychology, University of Queensland. He co-founded The Compassion Initiative.

Debbie Ling is a senior clinician social worker, meditation and mindfulness teacher, teaching associate in the Department of Social Work, Monash University and part of the Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit.  Debbie is a member of the Australia21 Mindful Futures Network Advisory Group. She is completing a PhD on compassion at Monash University.

Mary Freer is a freelance social innovator with Freerthinking and the creator of Compassion Lab. Mary has 25 years experience contributing to the national healthcare agenda for Australia in a number of leadership positions.  Mary is a Westpac Foundation Social Change Fellow and concentrates her efforts on building more compassionate leadership in health and social care.

Mark Crosweller is the Director General of Emergency Management Australia – the Australian Government’s lead agency for disaster and emergency management.  He is currently completing a PhD on compassion at the University of Western Australia