The Centre for a Compassionate Society is an incorporated association. Its committee of management consists of

Director – Dr Petrina Barson

Dr Petrina Barson

Dr Petrina Barson is a certified teacher of the Compassion Institute’s ‘Compassion Cultivation Training’, which she teaches to health care workers and the general community. She is also a mother, a doctor, a poet and an activist on issues of refugee rights. The thread that runs through all these domains is her passion for compassion, and her deep conviction that we have more in common than divides us. She understands compassion to be an innate human capacity that can be cultivated; and as a doorway to spirituality open to everyone.

Social Media – Mehrin Almassi

Mehrin Almassi

Website – Gordon Thompson

Gordon Thompson

Gordon is a writer, and publisher at Clouds of Magellan Press.

The Centre for a Compassionate Society was founded by the Community Church of St Mark in 2019. The Centre is governed by the same policies designed to create safety for all – see this information page for further details.


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Advisory Board

David Tacey

David Tacey

David Tacey is an Australian public intellectual, writer and interdisciplinary scholar. He is Emeritus Professor of Literature at La Trobe University in Melbourne and Research Professor at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture in Canberra.

Debbie Ling

Debbie Ling

Debbie is a compassion researcher and educator at Monash University completing her PhD on compassion in 2019. She led the development of the award-winning Monash “Compassion training for healthcare workers” online course. Debbie is the Charter for Compassion International Healthcare Sector lead and also sits on the Australian Compassion Council.

Marcus O’Donnell

Marcus O’Donnell

Marcus O’Donnell is an academic, artist and writer with an interest in contemplative pedagogies and the intersection of art and activism. He is Provost at Navitas Careers and Industry where he leads teaching and learning innovation. 

Twitter and instagram: marcusod

Vadim Ragozin

Vadim Ragozin

Vadim Ragozin is a learning and programs designer, facilitator and community builder, meditator, deep thinker, artist. www.vadimr.org