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Philanthropy overview

The Eye and Ear was founded on the generosity and philanthropy of our early medical practitioners including Aubrey Bowen who left a bequest in 1893. The hospital now receives much of its income through government funding, however philanthropy is still very important.

Currently the hospital receives philanthropic money through patient donations, applications to philanthropic trusts and foundations and bequests.

In 2016 alone, support from philanthropic trusts and foundations allowed the hospital to fund a variety of important projects including:

  • $770,000 towards the new Education Centre
  • the purchase of specialised lasers for Emergency Department and oncology
  • research into diabetic retinopathy and keratoconus
  • GP education sessions and Emergency Department Physician training

For more information about making a donation or leaving a bequest please contact the Fundraising and Philanthropy Department on 9929 8598 or email