Mary Freer is a social change maker.
Freerthinking partners with change makers, innovators and radicals across the world to capture models of emergent change as they unfold.
Mary Freer brings to the challenge of reforming our existing health and social care services a strong focus on long term, co-created, large-scale change. Change that has the individual right at the centre. She is highly skilled at creating and supporting dynamic partnerships that strengthen and diffuse emergent innovation.
Mary’s focus is on building Compassionate Leadership that will nurture a more mindful, resilient and kind workforce.
Over many years Mary has contributed to Australia’s national health and social care reform agenda through her work with state and commonwealth agencies. She has held leadership positions with national government and not for profit health care and social welfare services, including women’s and community health services, healthdirect Australia, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in South Australia, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Health Workforce Australia and now leading Freerthinking.
“There is so much opportunity to create positive social change . But we need to realise how enormously powerful we all are and harness that ability and opportunity to create better outcomes for our clients, our patients or our customers”
In 2014 Mary founded Australia’s first Change Day, held on 6th March 2014. In less than 3 years this national grass roots quality improvement campaign has resulted in over 100,000 pledges to do one thing to improve patient and client outcomes. This is the largest mobilisation of people towards health improvement in Australia. This work can be seen at change day.com.au
Mary is a dynamic and creative speaker and energetic workshop facilitator. She is really in her element when she’s talking about the power of being a rebel to bring about good.
Mary is a TEDx speaker and a recipient of the 2014 ING Direct Dreamstarter Crowd Funding award. In 2016 she was awarded an inaugural Westpac Bicentennial Social Change Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship enabled Mary to travel throughout Europe, UK and the USA in 2016 to meet with social innovators and leaders who are building a more compassionate world.
Freerthinking's core motivation
We recognise complexity and harnesses creative energy to make change happen.
- Change happens when people fall in love with a different version of the future.
- Your culture determines how your people respond, more powerfully than any incentive or management framework you can impose.
- A great story is remembered long after the data is forgotten.
- The more patients, clients and families become empowered, shaping their care and the services they require, the better that care becomes, and the lower the costs.
- We need to grow an unwavering commitment to quality and safety.
- We can join together to create the future we want to inhabit.
- Large-scale change efforts require deliberate strategic action and strong partnerships across multiple networks.
- Kindness, respect and gratitude are not the ‘soft stuff’ they are the very bedrock of organisational vitality.
- Every great thing is created by a series of small actions.
“Co-production, co-design, and person-centered care are among the new watchwords, and professionals, and those who train them, should master those ideas and embrace the transfer of control over people’s lives to the people.”