GV Health anaesthetist takes out top award

By Tara Whitsed

GV Health anaesthetic registrar Nathaniel Hiscock recently took out this year's Renton Prize.

The award is given to the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetist (ANZCA) trainee who reached the highest marks in their primary examination.

“I studied at Monash University and have always been interested in physiology, pharmacology, and the management of unwell patients,” he said.

Currently undergoing a five-year program to complete his anaesthetist training, Dr Hiscock has called Shepparton home for the past eight months after relocating from Melbourne to gain rural experience while specialising in his chosen medical field.

Dr Hiscock spoke highly of the anaesthetic department and training at GV Health, commending its structured approach to mentoring junior doctors and dedication to preparing them for the gruelling demands of the job.

“All the staff at GV Health have been incredibly supportive,” he said.

“Shepparton has been a wonderful place to begin my anaesthetic training.”

GV Health’s newly appointed chief medical officer John Elcock has congratulated Dr Hiscock on his accomplishment and said he looked forward to similar success with future anaesthetic registrars that were trained at the health service.

“A result such as this is fantastic for our region and a real testament to the calibre of senior medical training staff we have here at GV Health,” he said.

“This is a significant achievement for Dr Hiscock and we’re very happy to be able to share this news with our community.”

The news coincides with ANZCA’s National Anaesthesia Day, celebrated each year across Australia and New Zealand on October 16.

It marks the anniversary of the day that ether anaesthetic was first demonstrated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1846.

This year’s theme was “preparing for your anaesthesia” which was aimed at helping the community understand the importance of preparing for an anaesthetic – such as getting fit, stopping smoking or discussing any allergies they may have.