Eye Disease & Vision Impairment Requires Support

Eye Disease & Vision Impairment Requires Support

Centre For Eye Research Managing Director Professor Jonathan Crowston

CERA Welcomes Opposition Announcement

Victor P Taffa

Leader of the Victorian State Opposition, Ted Baillieu, has announced a $165 Million Redevelopment of The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital if the Coalition is elected to Government later this month.

During a tour of CERA’s facilities today, Mr. Baillieu said the upgrade would include a new emergency department, expanded teaching and research facilities and extra outpatient capacity.

In welcoming the announcement, CERA Managing Director Professor Jonathan Crowston said the redevelopment of the Eye and Ear Hospital will greatly benefit CERA, its Research Programs and its Patients.

“CERA and the Eye and Ear enjoy a close and mutually beneficial partnership that strives to improve clinical outcomes for people with eye disease.” Professor Crowston said.

“An upgraded Eye and Ear will provide CERA with the much-needed space and facilities to develop and expand our world-leading clinical research programs.”

Professor Jonathan Crowston said over the coming years, the aging population will place growing pressure on Victoria’s specialist eye care services.

“Eye disease and vision impairment are significant and growing health challenges. It’s estimated that around 575,000 Australians over 40 are vision impaired, representing 5.8% of the population in that age group.” Professor Crowston said.

“With the aging population this figure is expected to rise to almost 801,000 by 2020.”

“Investing in the sight of Victorians by improving research facilities is critical to help contain eye health costs and improve patient outcomes in the future.”

The exact nature of the redevelopment will be finalised in consultation with the Eye and Ear Hospital, CERA and other key partners.  If implemented, the redevelopment will begin in 2012 and take between three to four years to complete.

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