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Hospital patron hosts anniversary reception

March 8, 2013

Hospital patron hosts anniversary reception From left, Elizabeth Chernov, Minister for Health David Davis, Professor Graeme Clark, Governor Alex Chernov, Margaret Clark and Board Chair Jan Boxall
Anniversary celebrations continued last week, with hospital patron Elizabeth Chernov hosting a reception for 150 guests at the historic Government House.

Guests included current and past Eye and Ear staff, former patients and Minister for Health David Davis, who noted recent state government funding will be critical to the hospital's continued success as a specialist facility.

Head of the Eye and Ear Emergency Department, Dr Carmel Crock entertained guests on arrival as part of a string quartet and later children from the Mount View School Deaf Facility in Glen Waverly delighted guests with the poem “I can communicate.

Professor Graeme Clark introduced the young performers following his address, where he recounted his long history with the hospital developing the world's first bionic ear during the 1970s. Professor Clark noted research into hearing and vision loss remains a core focus at the hospital.

“(The hospital) has been central to eye and ear health for the people of Australia, and has the second longest record in caring for the special senses in the world.   

“Currently Stephen O’Leary my successor is concentrating on preventing hearing loss by using pharmacological agents, and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital is part of a consortium to develop a Bionic Eye, said Professor Clark. 

Elizabeth Chernov spoke of the hospital’s impressive history as a research and teaching facility and its important role within the Victorian community.

“It gives me great pleasure as Patron to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. The hospital has a longstanding tradition and commitment to research into new technological advancements to improve hearing and vision, and it has been at the forefront of such developments for decades.

“On behalf of all Victorians, I thank all those who have contributed to the success of this great institution. It has a special place in our community because its staff and supporters have ensured that its vision of ‘improving quality of life through caring for the senses’ is implemented in everything they do, said Mrs Chernov.

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