When Dorothea Mackellar wrote those words in 1904 (at age 19) Australia was a very different place, but we can still recognise the landscape and the beauty she referred to – what we at Ochre Health might do is change the last line to “The wide Ochre land for me!” for Ochre Health has truly changed the medical landscape in Australia over the past decade. When the two doctors, Ross Lamplugh and Hamish Meldrum, set Ochre Health up in 2002, they did so with a vision to create a small family-orientated business, selling their own stories of outback family bliss to attract like-minded doctors to Bourke in the far north west of New South Wales. Marketing the sunburnt country and improving healthcare across its very disparate environments became a passion and the company quickly expanded to include rural locations across New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland. Today, having won government contracts to supply general practitioner super clinics to Grafton, Canberra and the Sunshine Coast, Ochre Health can truly state that it has improved healthcare immeasurably in our communities across Australia.
At our core is the belief that everyone should enjoy what they do within a friendly and caring environment. That original family feel has grown to include the whole Ochre Health clan. Each year we all gather together with our families and friends for a big Ochre party weekend, to renew friendships, share stories, and of course, to celebrate another year of success. We look forward to new centres in new towns and faraway places, and continuing the Ochre Health story into the future, but above all we look forward to helping new medical friends from here and overseas create their own amazing stories across this wide brown land.
“I think I want to be a doctor,” five year old Ross uttered innocently to his Grade 5 teacher. The class exploded with laughter…
Ross and Hamish’s bios, and the story of Ochre Health’s first decade, are told in Graeme Brosnan’s book A Medical Centre on the Moon. The tales are indelibly intertwined and as they have shaped healthcare across this land, Australia has inevitable shaped them. From Tasmania to Palm Island, Bourke to Brewarrina, Condobolin to Collarenebri and Lightning Ridge, it is a story as diverse and eclectic as the places themselves. You can purchase a copy by emailing Ochre Health Medical Centres Head Office firstname.lastname@example.org