Therapeutic Guidelines Foundation

Therapeutic Guidelines Foundation is a philanthropic foundation that promotes the quality use of medicines and supports the creation and dissemination of independent therapeutic information.

Through its grants, the Foundation seeks to advance health care, treatment and medical knowledge through research, education and creation or dissemination of information in low resource settings.

Since 2016, the Foundation has partnered with Australian not-for-profit organisations to deliver a range of activities. Organisations supported with grants from the Therapeutic Guidelines Foundation:

Board of Directors

Dr John Dowden, Chair 

Dr Dowden worked for 19 years as a general practitioner before joining the editorial team at Australian Prescriber in 1990. Dr Dowden is a founding Director of Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, Editor-in-Chief at Australian Prescriber and member of the International Society of Drug Bulletins.

Mr Tony Evans

Tony Evans has financial and corporate governance experience as a senior executive and a board member in the health, aged care, education, resources and not-for-profit sectors.  Tony is currently a Board Director of Therapeutic Guidelines, the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and the Australian Dental Council Ltd and a member of the Optometry Board of Australia. He has a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma in Education and is a Fellow of CPA Australia, the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mrs Mary Hemming

Mrs Mary Hemming AO, was a key member of the Melbourne group that developed the concept of therapeutic guidelines in the 1970s. She was appointed the founding Chief Executive Officer of Therapeutic Guidelines Limited (TGL) in 1996 and she remained in that position until her retirement in 2012. Under her leadership it was transformed from a government-funded venture into an independent not-for-profit organisation that is completely self funding, and flourishing. She succeeded in having Therapeutic Guidelines embedded in the Australian health system; she liaised with WHO to provide health workers in developing countries with free access to the Guidelines; she instituted an editorial training program to help build capacity among health professional from those countries. She was also actively involved in the development of Australia’s original National Medicines Policy.

Professor Debra Rowett

Professor Rowett is the Director of the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS), Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide. She is the current President of the Australian Pharmacy Council and the immediate past Chair of the Accreditation Committee. Debra serves on a number of local and state advisory committees including the National Drug Utilisation SubCommittee of the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and the Central Clinical Council for the Adelaide Primary Health Network. Debra is an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia and the University of Queensland. Debra has worked extensively in the field of Quality Use of Medicines. Debra is a Chief Investigator on a number of research grants which include building a research network in Palliative care both nationally and internationally, and Antimicrobial Stewardship in Residential Aged Care. Professor Rowett is a Director of Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd.

Professor John W.G. Tiller

John W.G. Tiller, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, and Director of the Professorial Psychiatry Unit at Albert Road Clinic, Melbourne. Dr Tiller qualified in medicine and science in New Zealand, holds a Doctorate of Medicine with his thesis on anxiety disorders from The University of Melbourne, is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and has a certificate of completion of specialist training in child psychiatry. His primary research interests have been in the assessment and treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and psychoses. He is a recognized expert in psychopharmacology. He has an interest in effective governance, especially in health, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an examiner for their Company Directors course.

Funding policy

Register of declared interests

Conflict of interest policy

To donate or to find out more about the grants program, email

Under Australian taxation laws, the Therapeutic Guidelines Foundation can only make grants to organisations based in Australia with both Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.

The Therapeutic Guidelines Foundation is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Therapeutic Guidelines Foundation was established and initial funding provided by Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd.