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Government House reception

February 21, 2013

Government House reception

The year's anniversary celebrations officially began with a reception at the historic Government House in February.

ospital patron Elizabeth Chernov hosted the event, which included150 distinguished guests from the hospital both past and present, on 28 February.

During an opening address, Mrs Chernov spoke of the Eye and Ear's rich history as a research and teaching facility and its important role within the Victorian community.
Minister for Health David Davis then presented to guests on the importance of continuing this tradition well into the future.

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
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," Professor Clark said.