Dr Debbie Ling

BA Psy/Econs, BSW, PhD

Email: Debbie.Ling@monash.edu

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Phone: +61 3 9903 4932

Debbie Ling Research

Debbie is a lecturer in Department of Social Work, Monash University. She completed her PhD in 2019 researching the relationship between the perception of common humanity and compassion in healthcare workers. Debbie’s PhD research developed a compassion training intervention for healthcare workers which has generated national and international interest. Debbie is also an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with extensive experience in a range of sectors including health, mental health, hospitals, aged care, disability, schools, child protection and community-based organisations. She is a current senior clinician social worker at Epworth Rehabilitation and part of the Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Research Unit. Debbie is also consulting in private practice providing counselling and meditation instruction and bulk bills people who have a mental health treatment plan from their GP.

Debbie is a member of the Australian Compassion Council, Charter for Compassion Australia and sits on the Australia21 Mindful Futures Network Advisory Group.

Debbie’s research interests are compassion, common humanity, health professions education, hospital social work, student work readiness, field education, health and mental health.


Has taught in health, mental health, group work, leadership, community work, complexity and field education.

Select Publications

Ling, D., Olver, J. and Petrakis, M., 2019. Investigating How Viewing Common Humanity Scenarios Impacts Compassion: A Novel Approach. The British Journal of Social Work.

Ling, D., Olver, J. and Petrakis, M., 2018. Outcomes from a Compassion Training Intervention for Health Care Workers. Czech & Slovak Social Work/Sociální Práce/Sociálna Práca, 18(4).