About ASOHNS

ASOHNS is the representative organisation for Ear Nose and Throat Head and Neck Surgeons in Australia, and dates from 1950.

ASOHNS Members are Specialist Surgeons who investigate and treat conditions of the ear, nose, throat, and head and neck, such as:

  • nasal and sinus conditions
  • snoring and breathing problems
  • tonsillitis
  • cancer of the throat, voice problems
  • plastic surgery of the nose and face
  • hearing difficulties and deafness
  • tumours of the head, neck and ears

ASOHNS, with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, provides a nationwide Training Program for future Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeons.

Continuing Professional Development resources for Members include an Annual Scientific Meeting as well as regular lectures, seminars and workshops.

The Australian Journal of Otolaryngology is published in collaboration with the the AME Group. This is an open access journal and can be viewed at www.theajo.com 

ASOHNS members and trainees also received updated information about the Society's activities via our newsletter, "Australian Otolaryngology" and regular emails.

The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Ltd 

The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Limited’s  (ASOHNS) corporate structure is a company limited by guarantee, governed by a Council of Directors.

  • The Council members’ key performance roles are strategy formulation and policy-making.  
  • The Council members’ key compliance roles are to provide accountability and to monitor and supervise the organisation.
  • The Council appoints a Chief Executive Officer to implement the organisation’s strategy and manage the financial and general operations. 
  • The compliance and performance roles are approved by the Council members and are worked through, and with, the Chief Executive Officer.
     

ASOHNS is a national organisation comprising three full time staff, with a secretariat office located in Sydney, New South Wales.


There are six state sections, each governed by a State Section Executive, usually comprising a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The State Section Chairs sit on the Council, as their state’s representative.

Many ASOHNS members provide input in voluntary positions on committees or working groups. Many of our members also belong to various subspecialty groups.

A large number of ASOHNS members have generously volunteered their time to the Society's committees, working groups and/or outreach activities.

Federal Executive and Council

All correspondence to be conducted through the Federal Secretariat office.

c/- Chief Executive Officer
113 Union Street
McMAHONS POINT NSW 2060 AUSTRALIA

Phone: +61 2 9954 5856
Fax: +61 2 9957 6863

Email:  ceo@asohns.org.au

ASOHNS Federal Executive  
(effective from March 2021)
        
President Professor Suren Kriishnan, OAM      
Vice-President Professor Ray Sacks      
Honorary Treasurer Dr Edward Smith      
Federal Secretary Dr Julienne Agnew      
Immediate Past President Dr Phillip Fisher      
Chair, Board of OHNS, RACS Dr Niell Boustred      
         
ASOHNS Federal Council
(effective from March 2021)
       
President Professor Suren Kriishnan, OAM      
Vice-President Professor Ray Sacks      
Honorary Treasurer Dr Edward Smith      
Federal Secretary Dr Julienne Agnew      
Advisor to the Executive Committee Vacant      
Immediate Past President Dr Phillip Fisher      
Chair, Board of OHNS, RACS Dr Niell Boustred      
Chair, CPD Sub-committee Dr Fiona Whelan      
RACS Speciality Elected Councillor Professor Ray Sack      
NSW State Representative Dr Mark Smith      
QLD State Representative Dr Daniel Bennett      
SA State Representative Dr Guy Rees      
VIC State Representative Dr Deborah Amott      
WA State Representative Dr Chady Sader      
         
State Section Executives          
         
New South Wales/ACT     Western Australia  
Chair Dr Mark Smith   Chair Dr Chady Sader
Vice Chair Dr Megan Hobson   Secretary Dr Shane Ling
Secretary & Treasurer Dr Jonathan Kong   Treasurer Dr David Hall
         
Queensland     Victoria  
Chair Dr Daniel Bennett   Chair Dr Deborah Amott
Vice Chair Dr Alison Sprague   Secretary Dr Nadine De Alwis
Secretary & Treasurer Dr Chris Que Hee   Treasurer Dr Dan Gordon
Committee Member Dr John O'Neill      
         
South Australia        
Chair Dr Guy Rees      
Vice Chair Prof Simon Carney      
Secretary Dr Vikram Padhye      
Treasurer Dr Himani Joshi      
Committee Member Dr Stephen Floreani      

 

Past Presidents

OLSA
(Otolaryngological Society of Australia)
TERM PRESIDENT STATE/TERRITORY
1950 - 1952 G C Scantlebury (Deceased) VIC
1952 - 1955 B B Blomfield NSW
1955 - 1957  RM Gynn ( Deceased)  SA
1957 - 1959 JH Shaw (Deceased)  VIC
1959 - 1961 TG Millar (Deceased) VIC
1961 - 1963  GC Halliday (Deceased) NSW
1963 - 1965 AS de B Cocks (Deceased) SA
1965 - 1967 CS Richards (Deceased) VIC
1967 - 1969 FF Ellis (Deceased)  NSW
1969 - 1971 SC Suggit (Deceased) QLD
1971 - 1973 RC Willis (Deceased) VIC
1973 - 1975 JH Sherrey (Deceased) TAS
1975 - 1977 VD Bear (Deceased) NSW
1977 - 1979 RP Freeman (Deceased) VIC
1979 - 1981 MW Brown (Deceased) SA
1981 - 1983 TH O'Donnell (Deceased) NSW
1983 - 1985 GJ McCafferty (Deceased) QLD
1985 - 1987 GL Gray (Deceased) VIC
1987 - 1989 PL Nash (Deceased) WA
1989 - 1991 Raymond L Carroll (Deceased) NSW
ASOHNS Limited
Australian Society of Otolayryngology 
Head & Neck Surgery Limited 
TERM PRESIDENT STATE/TERRITORY
1991 - 1993 Rober L Guerin (Deceased SA
1193 - 1995 Hugh S Millar VIC
1995 - 1997 William B Coman QLD
1197 - 1997 G Patrick Bridger NSW
1997 - 2000  Cameron P Bracks WA
2000 - 2002 G Dean Beaumont SA
2002 - 2004  Rober Payten NSW
2004 - 2006 Vincent Cousins VIC
2006 - 2008 Rober Black OAM QLD
2008 - 2010 Stuart Miller AM WA
2010 - 2012 Michael Jay SA
2012 - 2014 John Curotta NSW
2014 - 2016 Neil Vallance VIC
2016 - 2018 Christopher Perry QLD
2018 - 2020 Philip Fisher  WA
2020 -  Suren Krisnan (Current) SA
     

 

 

 

LIFE MEMBERS

  •  Dr Gordon Dean Beaumont AM Life Membership 2019
  •  Professor William Gibson, AM, OA Life Membership 2019
  •  Professor Graeme Clark AC Life Membership 2019
  •  Associate Professor John (Jack) Kennedy Life Membership 2016
  •  Mr Laurence (Laurie) Ryan (2016)
  •  Professor William (Bill) Coman AM Life Membership 2014
  •  Mr Hugh Millar Life Membership 2012
  •  Dr Robert (Bob)Payten Life Membership 2008
  •  Associate Professor Gerard (Gerry)McCafferty Life Membership 1999

ASOHNS AWARDS

Download Society Awards Criteria Selection & Previous Recipients

2019 SOCIETY AWARDS

Congratulations to recipients of the 2019 Society Medal who were presented with their medals during the 2019 ASOHNS Annual Scientific Meeting held in Brisbane:

For Distinguished Contribution to the Art and Science of Otolaryngology:

  • Dr Gerard Fogarty
  • Dr Bal Krishan

Citations for each award recipient are available via "Download Society Awards Criteria Selection and Previous Recipients" link above.

Certificates of Appreciation
Certificates of appreciation were also presented to 2019 ASM Convenors, Dr Scott Coman and Dr Ben Wallwork. 

2018 SOCIETY AWARDS

Congratulations to recipients of the 2018 Society Medal who were presented with their medals during the 2018 ASOHNS Annual Scientific Meeting held in Perth:

For Distinguished Services to ASOHNS:

  • Dr Julienne Agnew
  • Mr Neil Vallance

For Distinguished Contribution to the Art and Science of Otolaryngology:

  • A/Professor Catherine Birman
  • Professor Richard Harvey

Citations for each award recipient are available via "Download Society Awards Criteria Selection and Previous Recipients" link above.

Certificates of Appreciation

Certificates of appreciation were also presented to 2018 ASM Convenor, Prof Francis Lannigan and 2018 ASM Scientific Convenor, Dr Stephen Rodrigues