Ochre Medical Centre St Helens, TAS


Improving the health of our communities.


Ochre Medical Centre St Helens

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri: 8.30am to 5.30pm
Sat: 9.00am to 12.30pm
Closed Sunday and public holidays

11 Pendrigh Place
St Helens TAS 7216


Call: (03) 6376 1777

Hours of Operation 
Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday 9.00am – 12.30pm
Closed Sunday and public holidays

Billing Type
This is a mixed billing practice.  Please enquire at reception for a list of fees.

Practice Manager
Nicole Richards


Nursing Services
Pap smears/breast checks
Chronic disease management plans

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

Dr Molly Shorthouse (FACRRM, MBMS (Hons.), BSc) – Medical Coordinator and GP/VMO

Dr Molly Shorthouse has been working and training in Emergency Medicine, Remote General Practice, Indigenous Health & Mental Health over the past 10 years. Dr Shorthouse is a Rural Generalist with Advanced Skills Training in Mental Health. Molly is a board member on the National GP Mental Health Standards Collaboration. Dr Shorthouse worked at Ochre St Helens in December 2016 and has now moved to the town to work as a Permanent GP/VMO at the Ochre Health Medical Centre St Helens.

Specialty interest areas: Mental Health, Children & Adult Health, Emergency Medicine and Indigenous Health

Dr Shorthouse works four days a week.

Dr Janet Cantley (MBBS, Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology) – General Practitioner / VMO 

Dr Cantley graduated from Adelaide University with a medical degree. She then spent 3 years working in Adelaide hospitals as an intern and RMO. Subsequent to that, she spent the next 3 years in GP training, starting her own practice in Modbury SA and then moved to Portland VIC in 2006. For four years, Janet conducted GP & ED work in VIC and then returned to Adelaide where she worked as a GP at several practices. Janet has been working as a locum from 2012 to 2016 and has completed locum GP/ED placements right across Australia. Janet has worked at Ochre Medical Centre, St Helens, as a locum across 2016/17. Janet and her husband fell in love with St Helens, so much so that Janet has now relocated to work as a permanent GP/VMO at the Ochre Medical Centre. Janet enjoys reading, walking and travel, which she intends to do lots more of while spending time in Tasmania.

Specialty interest areas: Women’s & children’s health.  Minor procedures including excisions of lesions.  Mental Health.  Insert and remove mirena’s  (IUD), contraceptive devices and insert/remove implanon & contraceptive implants.

Dr Cantley works full time.

Dr Colin Smith (BMMS, FRACGP, FACRRM, JCCA) – General Practitioner
Dr Smith obtained his Medical Degree from Southampton, UK and was trained as a GP & GP Anaesthetist in Northern Territory, Australia. Colin then worked as a remote area GP for 11 years, followed by 6 years working in a remote private General Practice. Dr Smith has a strong interest in dermatology and skin care.
Colin enjoys cycling and is looking forward to spending plenty of time outdoors with his family while living in Tasmania.

Specialty interest areas: Anaesthetics

Dr Smith works four days a week.

Dr Magnus Agomuo (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Dr Agomuo has been practicing medicine since 2000, and has trained as an Emergency and Life Support Practitioner. In addition, he is a mentor for the John Flynn Scholarship Program and an online lecturer for the University of West Indies. Dr Agomuo is fluent in English, Igbo, Spanish and French, and in his spare time enjoys photography, ancient history, archaeology and theology.

Specialty interest areas: Family Medicine, Minor Surgery, Skin Cancer Medicine, Work Cover, Men’s Health

Dr Daniel Oxlee (MBBS, FRACGP, PgDip) – General Practitioner
Dr Oxlee graduated from his medical studies at the University of Queensland in 1988, and has been working as a rural GP in a small town in Northern NSW for the past 23 years. This has included emergency and inpatient care in a small hospital. I have extensive experience in rural health, family health, emergency care, palliative care and addiction medicine. In his spare time, Daniel is an avid bushwalker.

Specialty interest areas: skin cancer medicine, palliative care

11 Pendrigh Place
St Helens TAS 7216

Contact Details
Phone: 03 6376 1777


St Helens is the largest town on the east coast of Tasmania. Located on the Tasman Highway (around 160km east of Launceston), it is one of the fastest growing areas of Tasmania with a population of 2,173 in 2011. Named after the town of the same name on the Isle of Wight (England), its history is rooted in whaling, fishing, mining, shipping and timber. The first European to explore the St Helens area was Captain Tobias Furneaux who sailed up the coast in 1773. He named the southern point of Georges Bay, St Helens Point.

Our Interns

Eliza Bourke - st helensEliza Burke-Polden
Hobart-born Eliza Burke-Polden would have undertaken a very different career after completing her Medical Research Honours degree, were it not for the volunteer trip she took to Africa after graduation. “I loved research, but it was during that six-week trip to Ghana that I realised I wanted to have a hands-on role in helping people,” she says.

Returning to Hobart, she commenced studies in medicine at the University of Tasmania, and is today one of the first interns in Tasmania’s government-funded community internship program designed by Ochre Health Medical Centres.

Eliza applied for the internship because she is working towards a rural general practice career. “In our first year in medicine, we did a week of rural placements, which started the whole concept of a rural GP career for me – all my studies and experiences from there reinforced that desire for me,” she says.

Eliza is headed down the GP career pathway, but in particular she is seeking a long-term country GP role. “I see the need for it,” she says. “I’m excited about building up my knowledge, experience and core skills that will I be able to offer a community. I have more of a chance of fulfilling that goal in a rural setting.”

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