Dr. Catherine Crock AM is a physician at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne who has worked determinedly to implement a raft of positive changes to improve partnerships between patients, families and staff, and the overall healthcare environment. Catherine is Chair and Founder of the Hush Foundation, a charity organisation working to transform the culture of healthcare through the Arts.
The Hush Foundation, in collaboration with some of Australia’s finest music and other artists has commissioned 15 albums and a Treasure Book to reduce stress and anxiety in healthcare settings and beyond. Hush music is played in operating theatres, waiting rooms and wards around the world to calm patients undergoing painful procedures or treatments. The beautiful by-product of Hush music is that hospital staff also benefit from its calming and restorative effects. Working in collaboration with renowned playwright, Alan Hopgood, Catherine has written and produced two plays, Do You Know Me? and Hear Me, which have been performed more than 100 times in hospitals and Aged Care settings across Australia, to raise awareness of patient centred care, communication and patient safety, and to encourage a shift in the culture of healthcare.
Catherine has been much awarded for her efforts, with accolades including being inducted on the Victorian Women’s Roll of Honour, an ‘Award for Excellence’ by APRA/AMCOS at the Australian Art Music Awards and Member of the Order of Australia for services to medicine, community healthcare standards and the Arts.
Catherine will be on stage at Wired for Wonder, with a cast that includes: Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin; Australian singer songwriter Lior; and Australian a cappella vocal ensemble, The Idea of North representing Hush Music. Also appearing are Alan Hopgood, Jenny Seedsman, Marcella Russo and Lee Mason with a performance of ‘Hear Me’.