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Eye and Ear hosts first Community Board Meeting

December 3, 2012

Eye and Ear hosts first Community Board Meeting Board and community members at the inaugural Eye and Ear Community Board Meeting
The first annual Eye and Ear Hospital Community Board Meeting was held with great success last night and comes as the hospital prepares for an extensive upgrade of the site in East Melbourne.  Hospital senior staff, key research partners and community members were in attendance, as well as Victorian Minister for Health David Davis, who reiterated the importance of community involvement to the hospital's growth.

“Community input is key to the design and planning of the hospital's redevelopment. This will be a great and historic outcome for the hospital and the people of Victoria, Mr Davis said.

“I was very heartened to be able to make the [state funding] announcement with the Premier. It is a tribute to the [executive] and team of clinicians who have worked so hard in the planning and implementation.

The meeting, open to all members of the public, was held at the Royal College of Surgeons Tuesday night as part of a Victorian Government initiative to ensure greater community participation in public services.

Eye and Ear CEO, Ann Clark says the hospital has always welcomed the input of the public and these meeting represent another excellent opportunity for community participation.

“The hospital operates from the perspective that the patient comes first in everything we do and with this in mind, we are always looking to improve upon our services, Ms Clark said.

“We must ensure we are able to meet increasing demand, while maintaining our current high standard of patient care.  One of the best ways of achieving this is to ask the very people who are using those services how we are going and where there is room for improvement.

“This forum is all about fostering a sense of connection between all of those who work within the hospital walls and the wider community, Ms Clark said.

Board member, Jenny Taing presented on behalf of the hospital's Consumer Advisory Committee. Ms Taing, who has also spent time as a volunteer with the hospital, spoke of the importance of consumer participation in the health care landscape.

The Committee liaises with the hospital's Board on community participation in service delivery and development.