Compassion Fatigue Australia is a collaboration of expert consultants based in Adelaide. We are specialists in understanding and addressing the unique challenges which are inherent in trauma subjected workplaces, whose mission is to help traumatised individuals and communities.

A substantial number of people are profoundly affected by the work they do. For example, mental health workers, nurses, doctors, palliative care workers, midwives, aged care workers, veterinarians, emergency first responders, lawyers, environmentalists, teachers, domestic violence workers, animal shelter workers and rape crisis counsellors, all, are at high risk of developing compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.

We are dedicated to raising awareness and working collaboratively with organisations, to the reduce the risk of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout.


Our awareness and education training take the form of presentations and workshops. These programmes are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout, and the potentially devastating impact they can have on the organisation and its workforce.

We can customise training for half-day, full-day or longer.

All workshops are highly interactive, and skills based. Sharing and questions actively encouraged.



From the Director and Founder

I am a registered psychologist based in Adelaide. For over three decades I have listened to countless stories regarding all manner of tragedy and loss pertaining to the human journey and I have supported people through harrowing times to a place of recovery and well-being.

My introduction to compassion fatigue began whilst I was preparing a seminar for a group of mental and medical health professionals on the topic of burnout. I came across a term which was new to me; compassion fatigue. Researching further, it became evident that there was an overwhelming cost to those who care for others and that, as a psychologist, I was suffering unknowingly with some of the symptoms. My seasoned audience had not heard of the term either and they too were ticking the symptom boxes…


  • Anastasia kept me engaged, this is rare to keep me engaged.

    Cheryl, Aboriginal Health Worker
  • You are an amazing woman and I love your style.

    Cathy, Aboriginal Youth Worker
  • Great and useful content.  Delivery was great and laughs all round.  Great sharing space!! Will definitely use some strategies to look after myself.

    Mel, Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Your session was amazing – Thanks!

    Luke, Adelaide Magistrate
  • Very valuable, I will highly recommend this course to others. I feel I have gained useful tools, skills and resources to implement immediately! …

    Caroline, Occupational Therapist, Palliative Care, Modbury Hospital
  • I think this course should be compulsory learning for new health professionals…

    Stephanie, Registrar, Palliative Care, Modbury Hospital
  • Brilliant, made me aware fully about compassion fatigue. Anastasia was amazing, bubbly, best presenter.

    Karlee, Nurse, Palliative Care, Modbury Hospital
  • Anastasia was very engaging, spoke well, listened to all, kept the conversation moving. I have really enjoyed this workshop.

    Jenny, Nurse, Palliative Care, Modbury Hospital
  • Engaging, honest and funny (in a nice and kind way).

    Suzane, Social Worker, Palliative Care, Modbury Hospital
  • Very engaging session, wonderful speaker, authentic and honest. Many practical strategies to take away and apply to my life. Thank you.

    Mil, Doctor, Palliative Care, Modbury Hospital
  • I rolled into the workshop like a heavy dump truck, and I floated out like a helium balloon.

    Ingrid, Community Volunteer
  • …Anastasia Goussios is one of those rare and gifted facilitators. Anastasia’s strong group facilitation skills enable learning of both content and the development of hands-on self-care practices which promote resilience…

    Joanna Giannes, Founder of The “Oikos Initiative” Leadership Development to Transform Self and Society