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Research project - Conferring dignity in law and health care

The HUSH Foundation is a partner on an Australian Research Council grant entitled Conferring dignity in law and health care (DP190100734). This project is led by Linda Barclay at Monash University, in partnership with HUSH and academics at Monash University, Macquarie University, King's College London and Tulane University. Over $240,000 has been awarded.


This project aims to develop a new and more inclusive conception of dignity. The expected outcome is a new understanding of the importance of dignity in human rights law and in health care services, with an aim to provide concrete guidance for health and aged care services on how they can promote the dignity of all of their clients.  The Hush Foundation will partner will Linda Barclay to develop workshops and educational material on the theme of upholding the dignity of all people in hospital and residential care. 


Dr Linda Barclay

Golden Days RadioDr Catherine Crock and Alan Hopgodd
Golden Days Radio: Dr Catherine Crock and Alan Hopgood


Cath and Alan talk with Loretta Simmons about their Health Plays and the unique and powerful way they communicate issues faced by both patients and staff, especially around the crucial subject of kindness and their work with Gathering of Kindness.  November 2018

No Harm Done Podcast


Dr Cath Crock AM talks with Cathy Balding and Cathy Jones of the No Harm Done podcast about the 2018 Gathering of Kindness and the importance for healthcare professionals to look after themselves.

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Maria Berry on Elder Abuse


Aged Care Advocate Maria Berry was interviewed on Mornings with Sandra Moon on ABC Goulburn Murray on World Elder Abuse Action Day, about the Elder Abuse Conference in Sydney, and about how kindness can help in this arena.

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North West Star - Hear Me is a Health Play


Melissa North discusses the value of the Hush Health Plays in communicating real-life issues in healthcare.  Hear Me, being performed at North West Hospital and Health Service, Mount Isa, on October 24 2018, focuses on the importance of listening - to patients, carers, families and medical staff.

Health Professional Radio - Building Better Relationships Among Patients and Health Professionals


Dr Catherine Crock AM discusses the concerning culture growing in the medical industry the past few years where the patients and health professionals don’t communicate properly and never see eye to eye.

Dr Cath Crock talks with Michael Mackenzie about bullying, pressure and kindness in healthcare on ABC Radio National Life Matters, 31 October 2017.

Dr Catherine Crock talks with Women's Agenda about her work and inspiration for founding Gathering of Kindness, 27 Oct 2017

Dr Catherine Crock AM joined Jon Faine, Dr Ranjana Srivastava and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr Raj in the Conversation Hour on ABC Radio Melbourne to talk about the human side of healthcare.

Gaytana from 88.3 Southern FM talks with Dr Catherine Crock about kindness in healthcare, 24 October 2017.

ABC Radio National's The Spirit of Things with Dr Rachael Kohn dedicated an episode to the 2016 event.  Download it here.

The 2016 event was profiled by Lea McInerny in Croakey.  She also conducted an extensive interview with Dr Catherine Crock here.

Read the article by Dr Catherine Crock AM in MJA InSight about the vital importance of kindness in health care.

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