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The ‘SA Foundation of Oto Rhino Laryngology Head & Neck Surgery‘ is focused on world leading research and peer to peer education to improve outcomes relating to head and neck cancer and other disorders of the ears, nose and throat. 100% of money raised is invested in pursuit of sharing the world’s best research.

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Thank you for making a difference. A foundation run by medical specialists generously volunteering their time to create a community to amplify the latest learning and patient care. Every cent you donate goes toward K’NO’W Cancer.

Investing in and sharing world leading research across various ear, nose and throat subspecialties, sharing learning and investing in projects that will create better outcomes.

About the foundation

The South Australian Foundation of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery was founded by consultant surgeons at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1995. The fund was created to purchase equipment necessary for Head and Neck cancer patients that was not provided by the hospital. The initial funds were donated by surgeons working at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Monies raised from a clinic jointly run in conjunction with speech pathologists continue to be donated to the foundation.

Generous donations from patients including an anonymous $250 000 bequest and $125 000 from the Indulkaninna Foundation, have enabled the foundation to contribute to a variety of research projects. These include the role of Lasers and Robotic Surgery and its current research in Laryngeal transplantation.

It has also funded training opportunities for junior medical staff, allied health and nursing staff.

In its next phase in addition to continuing the above the foundation is focused on head and neck cancer, indigenous health, paediatric treatment and research and treatment related nasal, sinus, ear and throat cancer conditions. As noted in the recent National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS), an estimated 14% 111 700 Indigenous Australians had a long-term ear/hearing problem twice to three times higher than non-indigenous people.

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Key Projects

Grant Bates Lectureship Award

Dr Grant Bates was a dedicated Australian born Surgeon who worked as a consultant in Oxford, UK. He fostered educational links between Adelaide and Oxford. He passed away prematurely at the age of 58. In his memory the foundation makes awards for international contributors. Recipients include Prof. Bill Coman (Brisbane), Dr Guy Rees (RAH), Prof Scott Magnusson (Florida), Dr Eng ooi (FMC), Dr Sanjai Sood (Leeds), Prof Kim Sae On (Seoul) and Prof Raymond Tsang (Hong Kong).
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Travelling Scholarships

The foundation provides scholarships to junior medical, nursing and allied health staff.
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Education and Training

The foundation supports the Adelaide Head and Neck Dissection course which attracts visiting junior surgeons from across Australia and overseas.
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Research Projects

The foundation has funded research in laryngeal transplant surgery and Robotic Surgery.
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Board of Directors

Chair - Mr Michael Jay MBBS, FRCS, FRACS, former head of department Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery RAH

Professor Suren Krishnan OAM FRACS, Former Head of Department Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery RAH - Founder

Dr Himani Joshi MBBS, MS, FRACS is a specialist Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon based at Flinders

Dr Michael Switajewski MBBS, FRACS is a specialist Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon, known in particular for his work with children

Mr Frank Webster LLB, Former Director Frank Webster and Associates, Lawyers, lived experience – Founder

Michaela Webster has a business transformation and marketing background. Michaela is focused on fundraising and making a positive impact on behalf the Sikalu family.

Board Support

Lynn Sholz and George Wright are partners at HLB Mann Judd in addition to being wonderful humans they have significant financial, accounting and strategic experience including the complexity of estate management

Key Projects

Grant Bates Lectureship Award

 He fostered educational links between Adelaide and Oxford. He passed away
prematurely at the age of 58. In his memory the foundation makes awards for international contributors. Recipients include Prof. Bill Coman (Brisbane), Dr Guy Rees (RAH), Prof Scott Magnusson (Florida), Dr Eng ooi (FMC), Dr Sanjai Sood (Leeds), Prof Kim Sae On (Seoul) and Prof Raymond Tsang (Hong Kong).

Education and Training

visiting junior surgeons from across Australia and overseas.

Grant Bates Lectureship Award

Dr Grant Bates was a dedicated Australian born Surgeon who worked as a consultant in Oxford, UK. He fostered educational links between Adelaide and Oxford. He passed away prematurely at the age of 58. In his memory the foundation makes awards for international contributors. Recipients include Prof. Bill Coman (Brisbane), Dr Guy Rees (RAH), Prof Scott Magnusson (Florida), Dr Eng ooi (FMC), Dr Sanjai Sood (Leeds), Prof Kim Sae On (Seoul) and Prof Raymond Tsang (Hong Kong).
Donate Now

Travelling Scholarships

The foundation provides scholarships to junior medical, nursing and allied health staff.
Donate Now

Education and Training

The foundation supports the Adelaide head and Neck Dissection course which attracts visiting junior surgeons from across Australia and overseas.
Donate Now

Research Projects

The foundation has funded research in laryngeal transplant surgery and Robotic Surgery.
Donate Now
The ‘SA Foundation of Oto Rhino Laryngology Head & Neck Surgery‘ is focused on world leading research and peer to peer education to improve outcomes relating to head and neck cancer and other disorders of the ears, nose and throat.

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