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CEO message Ann Clark

March 31, 2013

Welcome to the Autumn 2013 edition of Sight & Sound.

Since our last issue we have had a very busy and exciting start to the year at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

In November, we received the welcome news that the state government will fully fund our plans for a comprehensive hospital redevelopment. The announcement from then Premier Ted Baillieu and Minister for Health David Davis was a rewarding result for many months of hard work and planning from staff. We will continue to provide you with updates as we progress.

This year also represents a milestone for the hospital, as we celebrate 150 years serving the Victorian community, with a full calendar of events and activities already well underway.

For more information our next big anniversary celebration, our Community Street Party on 7 April turn to page 3.

Of course we wouldn't be where we are today without the support of our volunteers, donors and fundraisers. It is particularly touching when a former patient is inspired to help the hospital, such as Tamar
Black who worked incredibly hard to raise funds for our Vestibular Clinic. Her story is on page 3. More information on how to donate to the hospital can be found on page 4.

Patient and new volunteer Gray Ardern is all too aware of the important role we play here at the Eye and Ear. Gray almost lost the sight in one eye after his retina detached while bushwalking in an isolated area in rural Victoria. His story highlights just how precious our sight is, and how quickly it can be lost without access to specialist treatment.

I hope you enjoy our first edition for 2013, as we celebrate 50 years of Sight & Sound.

Best wishes,

Ann Clark
Chief Executive Officer