Every year, Australia Day marks the occasion to honour and award outstanding citizens in recognition of their excellence and contributions to the Australian community.

The Australia Day Honours offer a forum for the public to nominate any Australian citizen for an honour, awarding recipients under three titles – Order of Australia, Meritorious, and Distinguished and Conspicuous Award.

2019 marked the 44th year of awards with 1,127 recipients, which is the most honours awarded in a single year.

AGPAL would like to congratulate all award recipients of the Australia Day Honours for their incredible and selfless contribution to communities nationwide, and the outstanding commitment demonstrated within their particular fields.

A special congratulations to AGPAL clients:

Dr Adrian Allen OAM of Walcha General Practice Clinic received an OAM for his service to medicine and the community of Walcha, NSW. He has been a General Practitioner since 1988 and was a Visiting Medical Officer to the Walcha region between 1988 and2017. He has significantly contributed to the development of care facilities within the region, assisting with the set-up of the Watcha Multipurpose Service and the Aspley Riverview Hostel.

Dr Venny Armanno OAM of Kootingal Medical Centre, NSW received an OAM for his service to medicine, particularly in the field of general practice. Dr Armanno OAM has been serving the Kootingal community as a dedicated General Practitioner since 1977.

Dr John Menzies OAM of Robinson Street Medical Centre received an OAM for his service to the communities of South West Victoria. Dr Menzies OAM has been the Founding Director of Robinson Street Medical Centre since 1978 and is currently the Principle General Practitioner. Along with his contribution to general practice, Dr Menzies has held numerous board positions, while contributing to education at the University of Melbourne, Monash, Deakin, and Flinders Universities. Dr Menzies contributions to South West Victoria have also gone beyond healthcare, extending to numerous community clubs and associations around the region.

Dr Allen OAM, Dr Armanno OAM, and Dr Menzies OAM were recognised for the dedication they have shown to their communities through ongoing efforts and commitment to their patients as General Practitioners and active members of their community.