About the GPRWMF

  • Supporting Excellence In Australasian Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

    Since 1993 the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation has invested more than $65 million in Australasian Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. With a targeted strategy to establish Australia and New Zealand at the forefront of international practice, over $56 million has been provided to support early- and mid-career scientific and clinical researchers, in addition to partnering with research institutions to establish sustainable, longer term research programs and expertise in the field.

Our History

The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation was established in 1986 by the late Mrs Barbara Williams to honour the memory of her two husbands, Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams. Barbara was insistent that the trust deed include 'the whole field of otorhinolaryngology and the related surgical, medical and paramedical disciplines', with a function to promote the highest possible standards of excellence. The trust became operative upon her death in 1991, with one of the largest bequests ever made to Australasian medicine and one of the largest to otolaryngology, head & neck surgery in the world.

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  • Mission Statement

    OUR MISSION is to keep Australian otolaryngology, head & neck surgery at the forefront of world clinical and scientific practice.

    OUR PURPOSE is to promote, maintain and improve medical knowledge and education, and the highest standards of excellence in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery.

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  • Governance

    The Garnett Passe Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation is governed by a Trust Deed established in 1986. The Trust is a registered charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012, which has Income Tax Exempt Status.

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