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Game changing eye device comes to Rosebud

Rye Opportunity Shop Treasurer Bill Mace tries out the new device.

People living on the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula will no longer have to travel to the city,
or Frankston, if they have an eye emergency, with the installation of a new eyeConnect device at
Rosebud Hospital.

“Installing eyeConnect at Rosebud Hospital is a game-changer for patients and comes just in time for
the busy summer season, when we get double the number of people presenting at Rosebud Hospital
Emergency Department,” says Dr Shyaman Menon, Clinical Director of Emergency at Peninsula

“eyeConnect allows our emergency physicians, who are not eye specialists, to manage patients
locally, with real time assistance from specialists at the Eye and Ear hospital,” adds Dr Menon.

Developed by local medical technology manufacturer Ingeneus and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear
Hospital, with funding from the Victorian Government, the eyeConnect device collects patient data,
visual information and images of the eye. This information is then reviewed by a specialist at the Eye
and Ear hospital and a decision is made on the spot about whether the patient can be treated at
Rosebud Hospital.

“eyeConnect allows our doctors to immediately provide advice to outer metropolitan and regional
health services like Peninsula Health on where patients should be treated, alleviating the need for
them to leave their community,” says Ian Leong, Executive Director Redevelopment, Planning and
Infrastructure at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

The Rye Opportunity Shop donated $100,000 towards the extensive renovations needed to expand
the Emergency Department and build a special room to host the device.

“Without the support of the Rye Opportunity Shop it would not have been possible to house this
revolutionary device in the Rosebud ED and to provide this service to people on the Southern
Peninsula,” says David Anderson, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Peninsula Health. “That is worldclass  healthcare on your doorstep.”

“I would like to thank the management committee and volunteers of the Rye Opportunity Shop for this
donation and the important role it continues to play in helping us to expand the services we provide to
our local community.”

It is expected that between 60 and 100 people will use the service at Rosebud in the next 12 months.

Mr Anderson also thanked the State government for its support in funding a second eyeConnect
device for Peninsula Health, following its successful implementation at Frankston Hospital last year.

For more information – please contact:
Steve Pearce – Head of Media & Communications
0429 327 664 or stevepearce@phcn.vic.gov.au