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Minister for Health launches new glaucoma clinic

December 17, 2015

The Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced a new glaucoma clinic will be established as a partnership between The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Australian College of Optometry.

The clinic, for the management of patients with suspected or early glaucoma, aims to address the existing and growing demand for glaucoma services and enable safe, correct and timely management from eye care practitioners.

Eye and Ear CEO Mark Petty says by working collaboratively with the Australian College of Optometry, the Eye and Ear is addressing the complex problems of glaucoma at its various stages and improving patient care .  

“Our experienced team of ophthalmologists are working closely with optometrists at the Australian College of Optometry to design a more effective and efficient model of care to address the growing demand for glaucoma services. This will provide benefits both for patients accessing the new clinic and will also improve hospital access for patients with a more severe disease.”

The clinic will see between 80 to 100 people per month, as well as providing shared clinical training for optometrists and orthoptists.

The new glaucoma clinic will be located at the Australian College of Optometry’s main clinic in Carlton. Staffed by ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists working as a team to target patients with suspected or early glaucoma, it is planned to commence in February 2016.

To read the joint media release between the Eye and Ear and the ACO, click here.

To read Minister for Health Jill Hennessy’s media release, click here.

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