Meet Adele


My name is Dr Adele Stewart MBBS FRACGP and I have been a  GP in the Illawarra region since the early 1990’s. I was the fifth GP in Australia to receive Recognition by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners as having Extended Skills in Psychological Medicine and practice in a trauma-sensitive framework. I am currently the Chair of the RACGP’s Specific Interest Pain Management.

I have a special interest in mindfulness-based interventions, complex trauma and the psychological aspects of chronic pain, particularly chronic pelvic pain.

I have had extensive training in the following:

  • Internal Family Systems therapy at the IFS Institute,
  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapy under Dr. Russ Harris,
  • Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) under Bruno Cayoun,
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) under Dan Siegel,
  • Explain Pain with NOI founder, David Butler,
  • Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy certificate with the Embody Lab,
  • MBSR certified teacher with Openground,
  • MSC trained teacher with the Center of Mindful Self Compassion.

Mindfulness Background

I did my first 10-day silent meditation retreat in 1987, and in the last 15 years or so, I have done a 1-2 week-long silent retreat each year. I have been increasingly fascinated by the mind-body connection and neuroscience and am now personally immersed in yoga, qigong, mindfulness meditation and compassion practices.

When it comes to teaching mindfulness and explaining pain, I have a down-to-earth, engaging and compassionate approach. I frequently receive praise for my ability to effectively convey complex concepts and practices to health professionals and patients alike.


Latest Blog Posts

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction comes to Woonona Medical

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction comes to Woonona Medical

This morning I was looking forward to walking my dog Charlie for the first time in a few days, so I took her to the longest dog beach in Wollongong. When I got there it was blowing a gale. Then, something strange happened.

Meditation Retreat

Meditation Retreat

Some experiences of very deep tranquility and peace in both sitting and moving meditations were so welcome and deeply soothing. 

Unpleasant Emotions

Unpleasant Emotions

Negative situations and emotions are a part of life. If we learn to tolerate uncomfortable experiences then we may find it easier to take action to make necessary change – otherwise we may find ourselves stuck in situations and relationships.