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Minister of Health opens new genetic eye disease clinic

May 14, 2019

The Minister of Health Jenny Mikakos marked the official opening of a new clinic to help treat patients with genetic eye conditions at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, as a partnership between The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Eye and Ear CEO Mark Petty said the Ocular Genetics clinic is the only clinic in Australia that focusses on ocular genetic work and provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ patients who have an inherited eye condition or are at risk of inheriting or passing on an eye condition due to a family history of eye condition.

The clinic provides world class diagnostics, genetic testing, advice and treatment, and is staffed by ophthalmologists, clinical geneticist, orthoptists and genetic counsellors working as a team.  

Lead Ophthalmologist, Dr Jon Ruddle says genetic therapy offers great hope.

“This multidisciplinary clinic will empower the patients and their family members to learn, achieve better diagnosis, gauge progression rates, and in the not too distant future offer world beating treatments.”

In the picture above, patient Linda Nancarrow joins the Minister of Health Jenny Mikakos by cutting the ribbon to mark the official opening of the clinic.

To read the joint media release between the Eye and Ear and The Royal Melbourne Hospital, click here.

To read Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos’s media release, click here.



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