About Gathering of Kindness
Conduct your own Gathering
Our aim is to get everyone talking (and taking action) about improving the culture of healthcare care. We've developed the Kindness Hub to help you organise your own events and encourage conversations, big or small.
Humanising Health Care
The evidence is clear; there is a direct relationship between staff wellbeing and patient wellbeing. It is well understood that disruptive or intimidating behaviours by staff undermine team effectiveness and create barriers to cooperation.
In 2015, Mary Freer and Dr Catherine Crock AM (Hush Foundation) created Gathering of Kindness, after identifying the direct correlation between organisational negativity and staff wellbeing and effectiveness.
The Gathering of Kindness aims to redress this by building, nurturing and instilling a culture of kindness throughout the healthcare system.
The GOK 2016 invited 100 participants - actors, healthcare clinicians, artists, musicians and innovators to imagine that kindness, trust and respect were the fundamental components of the healthcare system, and that bullying was unacceptable. Collectively they proposed a better way forward.
The overwhelming success of the inaugural GOK inspired us to expand it in 2017 into multiple venues and to broaden participation, including supporting you in conducting your own events.
The key theme of GOK 2017 was "The Power of Kindness"/"Continuing the Conversation". The five-day Gathering provided participants with the opportunity to share their ideas, their work and their projects. Through this, we aim to better understand how we can improve our healthcare environment for all stakeholders, including staff and consumers.
Everyone has a role to play: kindness starts within all of us.
Thanks to the support of our sponsors Healthscope and KPMG, this year's Gathering of Kindness Event will be held on World Kindness Day (Tuesday 13 November). For more information about this and the other events happening across this week, click here.
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