Catherine Crock

Gathering of Kindness; Australia

Professor Crock AM is a Physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, and the Founder and Chair of the Hush Foundation, which she founded in 2000. The Hush Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation working to educate, inspire and enact positive change in healthcare through kindness and the Arts. Catherine has implemented a range of positive changes to improve partnerships between patients, families, and staff and to transform the healthcare environment for everyone working and receiving care within it. The Hush Foundation delivers original music, theatre, literature, dialogues, resources with demonstrated impact on culture change, staff wellbeing, patient experience and quality and safety. Catherine was recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 2009 and became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for her contribution to medicine, to community healthcare standards and to the Arts. In 2020 her work was recognised with a Monash Fellowship 2020 and in 2023 she received an Australian Independent Records Award for outstanding contribution to Australian Music. She is also a Professor at Deakin University, Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development.