Our team

Dr Stan Steindl

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.

Imagine a more compassionate world, one where we are kind to one another no matter what our differences might be, where we reach out to those in need and help to relieve their suffering, and where we can even treat ourselves with that same love and compassion. That is our vision, our intention.

Dr Lynne Reeder

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.

In our global world developing compassion as a motivation is becoming more important – research now shows that compassion meditation can be beneficial in promoting more harmonious relationships.

Dr David Roland

Dr David Roland is a writer, speaker, filmmaker and musician with a PhD in clinical psychology. He is one of the founders of Compassionate Mind Australia and is an Honorary Associate with the School of Medicine, University of Sydney.

Our modern society often overlooks the quiet, soothing power of compassion, and yet, our capacity for it is wired into our biology, as mammals, and most especially, as human beings.

Dr Petrina Barson

Dr Petrina Barson is a general practitioner, a certified teacher of Stanford CCARE’s Compassion Cultivation Training program, and is involved in research into compassion.

There is an urgent need to understand the conditions which promote, or threaten, compassion. In a globalised world where the tendency of the human brain to react with violence and narrowly-defined self-interest can lead to great suffering and harm, we need diverse and creative ways of promoting empathy, awareness of our shared humanity, and kind-heartedness. 

Em Prof Bob Douglas

Em Prof Bob Douglas is a Director of Australia21 and a retired epidemiologist. He sees the Charter for compassion as a profoundly important development and co-wrote an article in The Conversation about it with Lynne Reeder.

I firmly  endorse the  closing words of the charter “Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity”. It is the path to enlightenment and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

Debbie Ling

Debbie Ling is a social worker, meditation and mindfulness teacher and PhD candidate researching compassion.

Compassion is one of the great virtues and an essential component of any flourishing society. It has been admirably demonstrated by some of the most famous figures of our times-Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Mandela, Desmond Tutu. Anything we can do to promote and cultivate compassion is worthwhile.

Kellie Edwards

Kellie Edwards is a psychologist, mindfulness teacher and creator of the online program mindfulness4mothers.com.  She facilitates individual and group mindfulness and compassion based programs online in her home city of Melbourne.

David Laczko

David Laczko is a Family Relationship Advisor at Relationships Australia, and a volunteer at West End Community House.  He completed his honours thesis in self-compassion in 2015.

Michelle Brenner

Michelle Brenner is a Conflict Resolution Consultant, from Macquarie University, Post Graduate Diploma has written 2 books, Conscious Creativity and Conversations on Compassion.  She teaches Assertive Communication and Intercultural Communications in Sydney and over the internet with an international Mediation Academy.

Terry Ayling

Terry Ayling is a spiritual entrepreneur, consultant, carer and compassion advocate.  He is Facilitator of the ‘Compassion 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.