A/Prof Farnsworth receives medal for lifetime services to urology

The Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand - the peak professional body for urological surgeons in Australia and New Zealand – recently awarded Associate Professor Robert (Bob) Farnsworth, with the esteemed Medal of the Australian Urological Society, for lifetime services to urology, in honour of Bob’s remarkable career and services in the area of urology, which has spanned over five decades and continues today.

Bob has been practicing at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick for more than 50 years and has had a long history with the Randwick campus, which began when he was appointed as Surgical Registrar at Prince Henry Hospital (PHH) in 1962.

On his return from Scotland in 1964, Bob was appointed Surgical/Urology registrar at PHH, then Senior Tutor for several years before being appointed in 1969 as a Staff Specialist Urologist at PHH, Prince of Wales Hospital, and Prince of Wales Children's Hospital (now Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick). Since 1997, Bob has been a Visiting Medical Officer at these Hospitals, as well as being very involved in the administration of their surgical departments.

On behalf of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, we congratulate and thank Bob for his contribution and dedication to sick children and the field of urology.

Bob has authored or co-authored 35 publications, delivered numerous scientific papers and been significantly involved in research, particularly in the field of renal transplantation, neurogenic bladder disorders, reflux and voiding dysfunction in children; some of which has seen pioneering developments in the areas of adult and paediatric urology nationally and internationally.

In 2003, Bob was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to Medicine, in particular Paediatric Urology; and in 2005 he was appointed Conjoint Associate Professor with UNSW Australia.

The President of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ), David Winkle, said Bob has been a full member of the USANZ Society since 1969, and has had a very significant lifelong involvement in the training of urologists, a great many of whom are now practicing in NSW and interstate.

“In particular, Associate Professor Farnsworth has made a conspicuous contribution to paediatric urology, not only by way of his own practice, but especially by his training of a significant number of urologists in this important subspecialty,” he said.

Bob was particularly humbled to be receiving the peer-nominated Medal, and sees this as an opportunity to highlight the need for increased training in urology, in particular paediatric urology.

“Receiving the Medal is an enormous honour for me and acknowledgement of the importance of training future generations of career urologists and in urology in general. I am indeed very humbled to be recognised in such a way by my peers,” he said.