King Island General Practice, TAS


Improving the health of our communities.


Ochre Medical Centre King Island

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri:
9.00am to 1.00pm, 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Closed weekends and public holidays

35 Edward Street
Currie, TAS 7256

Call: (03) 6462 0200

Ochre Medical Centre King Island is located in the island’s largest town, Currie. It is a two doctor practice, serving a resident population of around 1500 plus all of the visitors who regularly come to the island. The medical practice has been caring for the health and well-being of the King Island community for many years. The practice offers on-call support to the King Island Hospital.

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 9:00am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm. The Medical Practice is closed for 1 hour between 1:00pm-2:00pm for lunch.

After hours
For after hours please call the King Island Hospital on 03 6462 9900. If it is an emergency please call ‘000’.

Billing type
This is a mixed billing practice. Pensioners, Health Care Card Holders and children under 16 years may be bulk billed, please ask reception for a fee for your specific requirement.

Practice Manager
Lauren Harvey

Registered Nurses
There is one Registered Nurse working at King Island General Practice.
Services provided by the Registered Nurses are: CDM, BP Monitoring, INR’s, ECG and Immunisations

List of visiting and on-site allied health and pathology services
A range of allied health providers visit King Island on a regular basis. For more information please speak with reception.


Dr David Hateley (MBBS, Awaiting RACGP Fellowship) – General Practitioner / VMO
Dr Hateley started working on the Sunshine Coast, following which he has worked all over from Mount Isa to Katherine to south West WA and Northern NSW. He has also done some volunteer work in the Solomon Islands. David likes surfing, golfing and mountain biking.
Specialty interest areas: General Practice and Paediatrics
Dr Hateley will be working full time\

Dr Kevin Walters (BHB, MBChB, Dip Paeds, FRNZCGP, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Kevin graduated from Auckland University, New Zealand and worked in rural Northland, first in a rural base hospital, then in a General Practice training programme. He has experience in Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and training in Diving medicine. He briefly went to England where he worked in the NHS. Returning to NZ, he has worked in multiple roles in General Practice, but mainly in large scale clinics with after hours care and Urgent care. He has an interest in practice design and has held directorships in Healthcare Organisations. He has worked as a consultant in practice change and design. He has a Diploma in Paediatrics from Auckland University. He moved to Australia in 2013 and has worked in General Practice at a Super Clinic on the Central Coast NSW. He has also worked most recently in Tropical Queensland.
In his spare time Kevin enjoys the great outdoors; camping, fishing, hunting, diving and boating. He also enjoys cooking, motorbike and car restoration, and watching the All Blacks win.
Specialty interest areas: General Practice, Paediatrics, Minor Surgery

Michelle Bonnici (MBChB FRNZCGP FRACGP MWOMHMed) – General Practitioner
Michelle qualified in South Africa in 1984. She worked in a fertility and gynaecology unit for many years as well as acting as a police surgeon. She moved to New Zealand in 1994, where she worked as a GP and in emergency managing acute injuries and conditions. She was also involved in several government-led quality improvement projects like diabetes (of which she had the clinical lead in Auckland and Northland rural area), general practice and bowel screening initiatives. In 2013 Michelle moved to Australia, where she has worked as a GP in regional NSW and Queensland. In 2016 she completed her Masters in Women’s Health. Michelle and her husband have 3 sons and 2 grandsons living in NSW. They enjoy travelling and cooking. Michelle enjoys the outdoors and nature, boating, fishing and reading.
Specialty interest areas: Women’s Health including sexual health, fertility, contraception, early antenatal care and menopause management, minor surgical procedures

35 Edward Street
Currie TAS 7256

Phone, Fax & Email
Phone: (03) 6462 0200
Fax: (03) 6462 1923


King Island is located approximately 80 km northwest of Tasmania in Australia and about 90 km southeast of Cape Otway on the Victorian coast of Australia. King Island, with a population between 1500 and 2000, is one of Australia’s undiscovered island retreats. Wildly rugged, windswept and attractive, it boasts over 145 km of untouched coastline, an estimated 57 offshore wrecks and a wide and unusual variety of seabirds and wildlife. This is not a tiny island, it is some 64 km long and 26 km wide.

Our Interns

Emily Doole - KIEmily Doole
Growing up in Hobart, University of Tasmania medical graduate Emily Doole fostered a dream to become a doctor from an early age. “I don’t come from a family of doctors, but a career in medicine is something I always wanted to pursue. My parents still have photos of me posing with a stethoscope at four years of age.”

Emily commenced her medical studies in 2013, following a gap year spent working for nine months at a veterinary clinic and travelling through India, Vietnam and Thailand. Relishing her degree from the beginning, Emily discovered an interest in rural medicine during an eight-week scholarship with the John Flynn Placement Program in the Northern Territory.

“Working with rural and remote communities in the Northern Territory, while challenging, enabled me to discover my passion for a career in rural medicine. It’s an interesting area and I enjoy being able to work closely with the local community and provide assistance in areas where it is needed most.”

Having spent the past two years studying at the University of Tasmania’s Rural Clinical School in Burnie, which included a five-week clinical placement in King Island, Emily is excited to join Ochre Health’s government-funded community internship program at King Island General Practice in 2018.

“It will be great to get some more hands on experience, and to have my own patients. I spent five weeks in King Island in 2017 and really enjoyed being involved in the local community and getting to know the people. I love bushwalking and camping and am looking forward to exploring the King Island area more next year.”


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