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Public lecture series

September 1, 2013

Public lecture series

The Eye and Ear has a long history of providing innovative learning pathways to generations of eye, ear, nose and throat specialists. Since the hospital first began instructing medical students from The University of Melbourne back in 1882, we have remained dedicated to providing the highest standard of patient care through our teaching and research initiatives.

To mark our 150th anniversary and honour the many decades of teaching and training provided by the hospital's innovative specialists, the Eye and Ear will host a series of public lectures during 2013.

Lectures will feature presentations from Eye and Ear staff members, as well as guest lectures from members of our research and clinical partner organisations and cover a variety of topical issues relating to ear and eye health, including the critical link between research and clinical care.

The series is scheduled to run from March through to August and all members of the public are welcome to attend.

Register your interest for one or more sessions here >>


Upcoming lecture:

  Lecture 5 

Topic: Excellence in Teaching and Training

Date: 6pm, Tuesday 19 November, 2013 Please note: this date has been altered since earlier in the year (previously 12 November)

Presenter: Associate Professor Anne Brooks

Lucy Jones Hall, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, 426 Albert Street (cnr Morrison Place) East Melbourne.


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Previous lectures:

Lecture 4 - Partner lecture: HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)

Topic: The Future of Hearing
In the lead up to Hearing Awareness Week, join us to hear about the future of the hearing.

Date: 6pm, Tuesday 20 August, 2013

A/Prof Robert Cowan, CEO

Venue: Audiology, Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Melbourne,
550 Swanston Street
Lecture 3 - Partner Lecture: The University of Melbourne Department of Otolaryngology

Topic: Eradicating ear disease in Indigenous Australians: A community responsibility
Professor O’Leary explores how researchers and clinicians based here at the Eye and Ear are working towards eradicating preventable hearing loss amongst Indigenous Australians.

Date: 6pm, Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Presenter: Professor Stephen O’Leary

Venue: Lucy Jones Hall, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, 426 Albert Street (cnr Morrison Place) East Melbourne.

Lecture 2 - Partner lecture:  
Melbourne University Dept of Ophthalmology (MUDO) and the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA)

Topic: Challenges of the ageing eye Professor Crowston shares his insights into why knowledge of our ageing population should drive the future of medical research and clinical care in Australia.

Date: 6pm, Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Presenter: Professor Jonathan Crowston

Venue: Lucy Jones Hall, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, 426 Albert Street (cnr Morrison Place) East Melbourne.
Lecture 1

Topic: A Bionic Vision for the Future

Lead surgeon on the world's first pre-bionic eye surgery team, Dr Penny Allen from The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital reflects on the challenges of developing and implanting the bionic eye prototype. Dr Allen explores what this advancing technology means, not just for the medical community but for people globally and the promise it holds for restoring sight.

Date: 6pm, Tuesday 12 March, 2013

Presenter: Dr Penny Allen

Venue: The Edge, Federation Square

Event partner: Federation Square