Hospital procedures can be very scary – especially for children. The Hush Music Foundation, the ongoing work of mother of five, Dr Catherine Crock, is about to launch Hush volume 13 – The Magic Island in conjunction with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. They are also running a Pozible Crowdfunding Campaign to raise $12,000 by December 25th.
In 2013 some of Australia’s greatest living composers wrote one new piece of music that was recorded with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. The music sounds amazing but the Foundation needs help to finish producing and manufacturing the album.
The funds will help manufacture enough copies of the new Hush volume to donate to hospital wards, and also to sell, to raise funds for programs like music therapy.
Hush 13 will be played inside operating theatres as Children arrive for their operation, and when they wake up. The music is soothing and relaxing and helps take their mind off the experience of being in hospital. Some children go to hospital every week for three years when undergoing treatment for conditions like leukemia and the Hush Foundation aims to take as much of the pain and anxiety out of their experience as possible.
Hush has a wonderful team of experienced engineers, producers, graphic artists, musicians and other brilliant ‘behind the scenes’ people, who have all donated their time to the cause. They’ve helped create past albums and all that is needed is support to get album into physical form so they can ship it in time for Christmas.
Catherine divides her time between family, being a physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, and her volunteer roles at HUSH Music Foundation and the Australian Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care (AIFPCC).
As the Co-ordinator of the bone marrow and lumbar puncture procedures for children with cancer, Catherine led the establishment of the first family advisory committee at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 1998.
She first entered the Not for Profit sector in 2004, when she founded HUSH Music Foundation after recognising the role of using music to minimise stress and anxiety of patients, family and staff in hospitals.
The Foundation, which creates music that provides a calm and healing environment, donates specially composed CDs to hospitals and has raised more than $1 million through the sale of the music, which goes towards health programs in paediatric centres across Australia.
In 2009 she founded the Australian Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care, where she is Executive Director. The Centre has developed significant resources to help healthcare providers develop effective and innovative partnerships with patients and families, to improve the quality and safety of healthcare.
In 2009, Catherine was awarded a Churchill fellowship to further her studies in patient centred care and its impact on patient safety.
Probono Australia has named Catherine as a ‘Changemaker of the Week’.
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