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Celebrating National Families Day

Today is International Day of Families, so we thought we would mark the day by sharing with you one of our Eye and Ear family stories. Few families have had made such a difference to the hospital as that of Eye and Ear’s Director of Emergency, Associate Professor Carmel Crock.

Carmel’s kindness and passion for what she does along with the excellent patient care she provides is well-known. On a day dedicated to families we thought it was appropriate to both thank Carmel and point to her long family tradition of helping people—one of her sisters is Professor Catherine Crock AM, a doctor at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Founder of the Hush Foundation whose mission is ”to transform the culture of health care through the Arts”.

“The Eye and Ear is like a family, too. Our work family has really looked after us all during this pandemic.” says Carmel.

Their late father was distinguished spinal surgeon Dr Henry 'Harry' Crock AO at St Vincent’s and his twin brother was Professor Gerard Crock AO, which brings us full circle back to the Eye and Ear. ‘Prof’ as he was universally known in the hospital, was just 34, when he was appointed Australia’s first Professor of Ophthalmology, when the University of Melbourne established the Department of Ophthalmology at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in 1963.

“Uncle Gerard was well known for his innovations in surgical techniques and instruments, but equally for his gentle and kind nature, treating everyone as if they were a family member” stated Carmel

From our Eye and Ear family to yours, Happy International Day of Families.

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