Igniting a kinder
system for all
The Hush Gathering of Kindness aims to build, nurture and instil a culture of kindness throughout the health care system.
The Gathering of Kindness is a Hush Foundation movement transforming health and aged care cultures that prioritise kindness, respect and wellbeing for staff, patients, families and carers.
For over two decades we have hosted events, dialogues and commissioned and pioneered the use of creative tools including music, theatre for education, and literature designed to ignite kindness and reframe care.
"I loved the Gathering of Kindness. [Kindness] is so so important and overlooked as the most central part to providing good care and working well with those around you ... I have already started using my learnings in giving feedback to colleagues about recognising their kindness and the importance of its impact."
- Dr Emma West, Director of Emergency Medical Training and a senior doctor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
"Fostering a culture of kindness enhances collaboration among team members. This leads to reduced errors, improved staff safety, well-being and retention and ultimately improved quality and safety for patients, and their families. I use it and see it every day in my work."
- Professor Catherine “Dr Cathy" Crock AM - Founder and Chair, Hush Foundation
How you can join
the kindness tribe
Attend a Gathering of Kindness Event
Learn more about the art and science of kindness. Reconnect with your purpose and with like-minded colleagues at our joyous, informative, creative annual event (in person and online)
More culture change resources
The Hush Foundation also produces Healthcare theatre, presentations and workshops,healing music and audio-visual screens.
"When we're kind to each other, we open our bandwidth and we help people to perform at their very best. There's a ton of evidence on that. Kindness pays. It pays for ourselves. It pays for our patients. And it pays for our teams and our organisations as well... boy, is it worth it"
CoFounder, Civility Saves Lives.
Dr Chris Turner (GoK 2022 presenter)
Become a GOK subscribing organisation
Gift all your staff access to inspiring and learning resources all year as well as access to our online gathering of Kindness (+ additional discounts and perks!)
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 compromise quality and safety.