I rise to congratulate Dr Stanley John Menzies, affectionately known as Bob, who is a 40-year resident of my town, Camperdown, and who on Australia Day received a well-deserved Order of Australia Medal for his service to the communities of Western Victoria.

Born in Terang, John completed his medical degree at Melbourne University and then worked as a junior doctor in the navy before founding the Robinson Street Medical Centre, where he has worked since 1978 and is currently the principal general practitioner. During this time he has not only delivered up to 110 babies a year but also contributed to the education bank at Melbourne, Monash, Deakin and Flinders universities. He has been a member of several community organisations, including the Camperdown and District Historical Society, Corangamite Arts, the Dry Stone Walls Association of Australia and the Robert Burns committee. Dr Menzies is a dedicated teacher and mentor of junior doctors and medical students and has been involved in all the major initiatives in rural medical education over the past three decades.

Dr Menzies has undoubtedly contributed significantly to the communities in Western Victoria, and he is more than a worthy recipient of this recognition.

6 February 2019