The Foundation was established by the late Mrs Barbara Williams to honour the memory of her two husbands, Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams.
The Foundation became operative upon the death of Mrs Williams on 16 September 1991, with one of the largest bequests ever made to Australian medicine and one of the largest to Otorhinolaryngology in the world. The trust deed provides the trustees with wide powers of investment and discretion to apply the income in perpetuity exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, particularly the advancement of the Specialty of Otorhinolaryngology and the related medical, surgical and paramedical fields in Australia and other countries.
The Foundation has an established awards program to support both clinical and basic research in Otorhinolaryngology and the related medical, surgical and paramedical fields.
Depending on the award, applicants must be scientists, postdoctoral researchers, fully qualified physicians, practising Otolaryngologists or trainees in the Specialty.