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About the Foundation

  • Supporting Excellence In Australian and New Zealand Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

    The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation improves the health of people with ear, nose and throat (ENT) conditions by funding life-changing medical research, surgery and care in Australia and New Zealand.

    For over 30 years we have provided more than $70 million to the best people and projects, resulting in world-leading medical advances such as every newborn baby receiving a hearing screening test, and early detection of head and neck cancers. We fund an annual awards program and host the influential Frontiers conference, led by a Board and management team comprising sector leaders and experts.

Our History

The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation began operating in 1991 through the drive and dedication of the late Barbara Williams. Recognising gaps in support for the ENT specialty she established the Foundation, honouring the memory of her two husbands Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams, to advance the ENT specialty.

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  • Our Mission

    We are dedicated to advancing excellence in Otolaryngology Head and Neck surgery, and ensuring Australia and New Zealand remain at the forefront of world clinical and scientific practice.

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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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