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FULL PROGRAM

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November 7 - 11, 2022

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*Program subject to change

 

For a full listing of times for all sessions, please consult the Program Summary.

DAY 1 - A Day For CREATIVITY

Recorded Day Sessions: Monday 7th November, 9.00am - 5.00pm

  • PRESENTATIONS

9.15: The Physiology of Stress: meditation, music and medicine

Dr Arnagretta Hunter, School of Medicine, Australian National University
Professor Kim Cunio, Head of the School of Music, Australian National University,
Sally Walker Performer (woodwind), academic and music educator, ANU School of Music

Weaving medicine, music and meditation, this session acknowledges the stress and distress in healthcare and offers some practical ideas about how to manage this in challenging times.

9.45: Author Panel: Humans at Work - Hosted by Ed (Ayres) Le Brocq

Hosted by Ed (Ayres) Le Brocqwriter, musician and broadcaster
How can we pause long enough to repair ourselves? How can we make space and time in our lives to know ourselves? These questions are posed by host of this panel; writer, musician and broadcaster Ed (Ayres) Le Brocq in his new book (Whole Notes).  Ed is in Conversation with medical authors Sharee Johnson (The Thriving Doctor: How to be more balanced and fulfilled, working in medicine), Dr Ben Bravery (The Patient Doctor), Dr Neela Janakiramanan (The Registrar) and Dr Hilton Koppe (One Curious Doctor. A memoir of medicine, migration and mortality). 

11.30: Panel: Kindness in Action – what does it look like and how can we do more?

Host, Lucy Mayes, Engagement Manager, Hush Foundation, and author ‘Beyond the Stethoscope: Doctor’s Stories of Reclaiming hope, heart and healing in medicine’ speaks with our panel as they share stories of kindness in action. What happens when individuals, teams, organisations and whole sector leadership make the commitment of kindness, and how can we do more?

 

Panellists: 

Uncle Alan Parsons, Elder, Artist, Advocate for First Nations, People with Different Abilities and Patient Experience, Associate Professor Mark BougheyDirector Palliative Medicine, St Vincent’s Melbourne, Deputy Director, Centre for Palliative Care, Associate Professor, The University of Melbourne, Alicia Reid, Patient Experience Lead / Operations Manager, Care Opinion, Dr Emma West, Emergency Physician, Emergency Services, Director Emergency Medical Training, The Royal Melbourne Hospital 

  • 2.45: WORKSHOPS

A Narrative Initiative

With Vivian Foulke BSN, IBCLC, Executive Director, The Narrative Initiative

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Songwriting

With Emily Gann & Hilary Kleinig, Lullaby Project Australia

 

Join artists from Lullaby Project Australia as you explore and experience the creative song-writing process in an inspiring and relaxed workshop. As a group, participants will collaboratively compose a brand new song centred upon kindness, hope and human connection. 

 

Lullaby Project Australia sees parents/caregivers collaborate with professional musicians to write a unique lullaby for their child. Focussed on parent to child connection, family wellbeing and early childhood development, the project is delivered in diverse community, health and regional settings across South Australia. 

For more information visit www.lullabyprojectaustralia.com

Lullaby Project Australia is an initiative of Connecting the Dots in Music and delivered in partnership with Carnegie Hall, New York

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Reflective Writing

With Dr Hilton Koppe writer, creative facilitator/educator, podcaster, doctor.

 

​Join Hilton as he facilitates a reflective writing workshop that will inspire a meaningful, new practice to deepen your compassion, overcome professional isolation and reduce the risk of burnout.

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Collaborative Art & Yarning

With Aunty Rochelle PattenYorta Yorta and Wemba Wemba woman and artist and Uncle Alan Parsonsnomadic elder, artist, activist and storyteller

Have a yarn and become a co-creator of a truly unique piece of art using traditional techniques and your hidden artistic talent!  The GoK 2022 7m long artwork will then travel to hospitals around Australia embedding the message of kindness.

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  • ART, THEATRE, DANCE AND MUSIC

Dance Performance and Workshop

With Sarah CookMovement Zone's Silvertops Dance Crew (all ages, all abilities) featuring ‘The Dancing Doctor’ aka Dr Richard Mayes.

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Art Exhibition

Human.  An exhibition that explores all that is human via a conversation between art & music. Enjoy this art installation brought to our Gathering of Kindness by artist, Anjaq - Jaq Grantford & Andrew Batterham.

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Collaborative Art & Yarning

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Live Music From Our Hush Musicians

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Evening Session: Monday 7th November, 5.45pm - 7.30pm

Classical guitar virtuoso, Slava Grigoryan, will be performing original compositions from his upcoming solo album 'Gratitudes'. Commissioned by the Hush Foundation, the album recognises and gives thanks to healthcare workers.  In conversation with writer, musician and ABC Classic Radio broadcaster Ed (Ayres) Le Brocq (author, Whole Notes).

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Enduring Witness – The Inner Journey of a Compassionate Doctor. A one-act play written by Dr Hilton Koppe and international co-contributors
 

Have you ever wondered how doctors and health professional cope with caring for people over many years as their patients develop serious or life-threatening illnesses? Why not join us for the Melbourne premier performance of Enduring Witness – The Inner Journey of a Compassionate Doctor.

Enduring Witness traces the relationship between Geoff, a GP, and one of his patients, Lisa. Geoff initially treats Lisa as a schoolgirl, and then through young adulthood to marriage and parenthood. Lisa develops breast cancer, and we follow the ups and downs for both characters during her treatment, initial remission, relapse and finally her death. The action takes place in Geoff’s clinic room via snippets of conversations from Lisa’s visits to the clinic. Each conversation is followed by an exploration of the inner world of the characters. 

Facilitated discussions between the audience, the two characters and session facilitator (Hilton Koppe) take place at intervals during the play. 

You can expect to laugh, cry and possibly never view doctors in the same light again.

3.55: True Perspective: Leading and juggling in challenging times.

Joe HartExecutive coach, presenter and author

Reach your potential and achieve balance and have some fun along the way!  Joe is a highly experienced and sought-after Organisational Psychologist, Executive Coach, Mentor and Facilitator who understands what makes people tick. 

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Narrative Workshops help healthcare professionals by giving them the tools they need to more positively engage with patients and colleagues. Our Narrative programs empower doctors, nurses, and support staff to integrate the cornerstones of Patient-Centred Care, while providing them with a myriad of tools that make communication more effective and efficient. The primary goal of our sessions and workshops is to develop our personal and professional interior lives through short reflective writing on specific topics. Our TNI Narrative Facilitators employ innovative educational and validated, research-proven techniques that help healthcare professionals use their own stories to transform the healthcare experience for both the patient and the professional.

With Aunty Rochelle PattenYorta Yorta and Wemba Wemba woman and artist and Uncle Alan Parsonsnomadic elder, artist, activist and storyteller

Have a yarn and become a co-creator of a truly unique piece of art using traditional techniques and your hidden artistic talent!  The GoK 2022 7m long artwork will then travel to hospitals around Australia embedding the message of kindness.

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DAY 2 - A Day For CHANGE

Tuesday 8th November, 9.00am - 5.00pm

  • PRESENTATIONS

9.10: The Case for Kindness

Nicki Macklin, Doctoral Candidate,  Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Population Health, New Zealand.

 

How do we define, realise, nurture and sustain intelligent kindness in healthcare, to support healthcare staff to flourish in our work and life.

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9.50: ‘Can Do’ Culture Change in complex systems

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  • 10.50: HEALTH FUTURES THINK TANK

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Structural Kindness: the what, who and how

Facilitated by Lucy Mayes and Vicki Mason

 

A participatory health futures think tank for all healthcare stakeholders, led by healthcare CEOs and leaders. Bring your voice to this important round table conversation exploring the case for kindness, what is getting in the way of a kinder health system, and what can be done about it?  We will explore what structural kindness looks like and invite all stakeholders to contribute to constructive, collective solutions towards a kinder healthcare system for all.

Panelists:

 

Dr Katherine Worsley, Group Associate Medical Director, and Medical Director for St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne

Professor Alan Sandford AM, Executive Director of the Regional Medical Pathway, Central Queensland and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services & Immediate Past President and Executive Board Director - Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA), Chair of the Wide Bay PHN Clinical Council.

 

Matt Jones,  CEO, Murray Primary Health Network.

 

Ms Kaye McNaught, Barrister at the Victorian Bar and Board Member, Alfred Health

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  • 2.00: WORKSHOPS

Collaborative Art & Yarning

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A Narrative Initiative

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Storytelling

With the team from Care Opinion
 

Storytelling to bring change: building connection not just data collection


Patient stories are a rich source of kindness. They provide an authentic connection and an opportunity for health and care services to partner with consumers for improvement.

This session explores the role of storytelling in the form of relational feedback. Alicia Reid from Care Opinion Australia will share with you approaches to support consumers to start the conversation about their care experience told as a story, including responding to patient experiences told as stories.

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  • ART, THEATRE, DANCE AND MUSIC

3.00: Theatre Performance

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Art Exhibition

Human.  An exhibition that explores all that is human via a conversation between art & music. Enjoy this art installation brought to our Gathering of Kindness by artist, Anjaq - Jaq Grantford & Andrew Batterham.

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Collaborative Art & Yarning

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3.50: Live Music From Our Hush Musicians

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Slava Grigoryan

Invictus Quartet

Royal Melbourne Hospital's Scrub Choir.

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Dr Eric Levi, ENT Surgeon and culture change leader.

Kindness is more than just a warm fuzzy feeling, it is an essential human factors ingredient in the provision of safe and effective healthcare.  Eric will share the science proving that kindness matters and that culture change embedding kindness can lead to measurable outcomes for patients and staff alike.

What Matters (Hush Healthcare Play) - Based on true stories, this Hush play shows how acts of kindness can have the most surprising outcomes.
CAST List: Paul English, Juan Fernando Monge, Margot Knight, Vivian Nguyễn.

With Aunty Rochelle PattenYorta Yorta and Wemba Wemba woman and artist and Uncle Alan Parsonsnomadic elder, artist, activist and storyteller

Have a yarn and become a co-creator of a truly unique piece of art using traditional techniques and your hidden artistic talent!  The GoK 2022 7m long artwork will then travel to hospitals around Australia embedding the message of kindness.

With Vivian Foulke BSN, IBCLC, Executive Director, The Narrative Initiative

Narrative Workshops help healthcare professionals by giving them the tools they need to more positively engage with patients and colleagues. Our Narrative programs empower doctors, nurses, and support staff to integrate the cornerstones of Patient-Centred Care, while providing them with a myriad of tools that make communication more effective and efficient. The primary goal of our sessions and workshops is to develop our personal and professional interior lives through short reflective writing on specific topics. Our TNI Narrative Facilitators employ innovative educational and validated, research-proven techniques that help healthcare professionals use their own stories to transform the healthcare experience for both the patient and the professional.

With Aunty Rochelle PattenYorta Yorta and Wemba Wemba woman and artist and Uncle Alan Parsonsnomadic elder, artist, activist and storyteller

Have a yarn and become a co-creator of a truly unique piece of art using traditional techniques and your hidden artistic talent!  The GoK 2022 7m long artwork will then travel to hospitals around Australia embedding the message of kindness.

Reflective Writing

With Dr Hilton Koppe writer, creative facilitator/educator, podcaster, doctor.

 

​Join Hilton as he facilitates a reflective writing workshop that will inspire a meaningful, new practice to deepen your compassion, overcome professional isolation and reduce the risk of burnout.

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DAY 3 - A Day For COLLABORATION and COURAGE

Wednesday 9th November, 8.00am - 2.00pm

Online

A million acts of kindness in healthcare: Give an hour, get a lot more back

8.00am - 9.00am (AEDT)

Dr Hesham Abdalla & John Lodge, UK

The story of Hexitime: an online skills bank and timeshare platform aiming to host 1 million acts of kindness in healthcare, with Dr Hesham Abdalla, Consultant Paediatrician, Head of Integrated Quality Improvement in Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and co-founder of Hexitime along with John Lodge.

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Hardwired? How our brain makes unconscious judgments and what we can do about it

9.00am - 10.00am (AEDT)

Marni Panas, Canada

Are you biased?  Well I am.  And you are, too.  We’re all biased.  Unconscious bias causes us to make quick and often, inaccurate judgments based on limited facts and our own life experiences.  These judgments can give individuals and groups both an unearned advantage and an unearned disadvantage.  This session explores how our brains form unconscious judgements.  We review various forms of bias and how those biases impact the decisions we make and our interactions with each other.  We will also explore strategies to reduce bias in our day to day lives.

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Walk a mile in my shoes – dignity with dementia

1.00pm - 2.00pm (AEDT)

Kimberley Littlemore, PocketMedic, Wales.

Learn how the team at PocketMedic are using technology and film to support information, education and awareness in healthcare.  See Creative Producer Kimberley Littlemore’s personal story in film, featuring her parents, both of whom are living with dementia.

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DAY 4 - Launching Gathering of Kindness Canada!
And some offerings for Contemplation and Connection.

Thursday 10th November, 8.00am - 7.30pm

Online

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Launch of the Gathering of Kindness Canada

8.00am - 9.30am (AEDT)

The Gathering of Kindness is spreading its wings in Canada for the first ever Gathering of Kindness Canada event. This session includes a video and live Q+A hosted by author Sue Robins and sponsored by Bird Comm.

 

Three Canadian speakers share their diverse perspectives, modelling courage, collaboration and creativity.

  • Amy Ma, patient advocate at large, speaks powerfully about why equity, diversity and inclusion is crucial in health care.

  • Lelainia Lloyd, podcast host, patient advocate and artist, will share her pioneering work collaborating with health professionals in academic journals.

  • Researcher, scholar, writer and artist Julia Gray speaks about how creativity and the arts must be central our new COVID world.

  • WORKSHOPS

Storytelling

12.30pm - 2.00pm (AEDT)
With the team from
Care Opinion

Storytelling to bring change: building connection not just data collection


Patient stories are a rich source of kindness. They provide an authentic connection and an opportunity for health and care services to partner with consumers for improvement.

This session explores the role of storytelling in the form of relational feedback. Alicia Reid from Care Opinion Australia will share with you approaches to support consumers to start the conversation about their care experience told as a story, including responding to patient experiences told as stories.

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Reflective Writing

6.00pm - 7.30pm (AEDT)
With Dr Hilton Koppe
​Join Hilton as he facilitates a reflective writing workshop that will inspire a meaningful, new practice to deepen your compassion, overcome professional isolation and reduce the risk of burnout.

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DAY 5 - Another Day for Change - Because Change needs more than one day!

Friday 11th November, 8.00am - 10.00am

Online

Giving Voice to Values

8.00am - 9.00am (AEDT)

Mary Gentile, USA

Giving Voice to Values (GVV) is a ground breaking, action-oriented approach to values-driven leadership that prepares people at all levels of any organisation to effectively act on their values.  You will have an opportunity to participate in a live Q&A with creator of the Giving Voice to Values program, Mary Gentile about how this innovative program can work in health and care settings

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Mid Staffs Scandal and Review:  10 Years on - What has changed?

9.00am - 10.00am (AEDT)

Dr Chris Turner

The aftermath and outcomes from the Mid Staffs Scandal, investigation and report.

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We would like to acknowledge with sincere thanks, our major event sponsor, Naomi Milgrom Foundation

and Gold Partner, St Vincent's Health Australia

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We would like to acknowledge with sincere thanks, Safer Care Victoria’s Healthcare Worker Wellbeing Centre for supporting healthcare staff and consumers to attend this event.
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We would like to acknowledge with sincere thanks, Health Southern NSW as Bronze Partners of Gathering of Kindness.