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Dr Willie Campbell's generous donation

November 22, 2017

Dr Willie Campbell has been a consultant on the Eye and Ear Vitreoretinal Unit (VRU) since 1989 and was appointed Head of Unit in 2000.

Under his leadership, the VRU has developed into the largest and most innovative vitreoretinal facility in Australia.

Earlier this year, Willie made contact with Deb Cutts, Manager of Fundraising and Philanthropy, to donate $165,000 to purchase an NGenuity 3D Visualization System for the vitreoretinal operating theatre.

He wished to provide the funding for the Eye and Ear to acquire this state-of-the-art technology to ensure the hospital remains at the forefront of ophthalmic surgery and to reinforce its position as the leading vitreoretinal centre in the country.

The Eye and Ear’s NGenuity System is the only one in Australia. It provides high definition visualisation of the retina during surgery and allows the surgeon to view the operative field on a 3D screen, rather than down a microscope.


Willie’s donation not only paid for the NGenuity, but also made a significant contribution towards buying a highly sophisticated Optos ultra-wide field camera for the MedPic department. This equipment will have major benefits for the Vitreoretinal Unit,

Medical Retina Clinic and Ocular Immunology Clinic and will be particularly important in the assessment and monitoring of eye tumours in the Ocular Oncology Clinic.

Deb said: "We are indebted to Willie for his incredible generosity which leaves a wonderful lasting legacy to the Eye and Ear."


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