Go ahead for Eye and Ear Hospital
Funding for the redevelopment of the Eye and Ear Hospital was approved in the recent State budget and this was a welcome announcement in the Hospital’s 150th year. The planned upgrades will not only enable the hospital to care for more patients each year but will also improve its teaching, training and research facilities.
The Eastern Hill precinct, which includes both the Eye and Ear Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital campuses, is well known for its significant contributions to medical research and clinical care. The accommodation of the Bionics Institute’s hearing and vision research teams and laboratories within the redeveloped hospital, and our location alongside colleagues in the University of Melbourne’s Department of Otolaryngology and Department of Ophthalmology, as well as the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), will benefit collaboration and productivity in these research areas.
Professor Rob Shepherd, Bionics Institute Director, said, “I would like to congratulate our colleagues at the Hospital, the University of Melbourne and CERA who worked tirelessly to get this fantastic outcome for patients and researchers.
The location of the Institute’s hearing and vision researchers within this hospital environment will enable greater interaction and collaboration with clinicians, and ensures our research outcomes are clinically relevant.”
The Institute looks forward to work commencing in the coming months, and over the next few years we will progressively move staff and our research into the new facilities. The redevelopment is expected to be fully completed in late 2017.