Queenstown General Practice, TAS

Improving the health of our communities.


Ochre Medical Centre Queenstown

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday
9.00am to 5.00pm
Closed weekends and public holidays

60-64 Orr St
Queenstown TAS 7467

Call: (03) 6472 2380

The practice is the only private medical centre in Queenstown and is attached to the hospital and aged care facility. The practice has the capacity for three full-time doctors who are supported by a full-time CDM trained Registered Nurse and practice staff. The hospital has two emergency and 10 acute beds, with the closest referral hospital being in Burnie, which is a two-hour drive away.

Hours of operation
Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Billing type
At the General Practitioner’s discretion

Practice Manager
Amanda Shea

List of visiting and on-site allied health and pathology services
Community podiatry
Diabetes educator
Social workers
Drug and alcohol Counsellor
Midwife clinics
Child Health
Obstetrics and gynaecology clinic
Consultant Rheumatologist
Onsite pathology
X-Ray Service – 2 days per week


Professor Dennis Pashen (MBBS Qld, MPHTM, FACRRM, FRACGP) – General Practitioner/VMO
Professor Dennis Pashen has joined the Queenstown General Practice in 2015 with 40 years’ experience working within rural and remote practice. This has included procedural practice in Ingham, the North Queensland Clinical School of the University of Queensland, Foundation Director of the Mt Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, Director of Medical Services in South Burnett and Rural Darling Downs Health and Hospital Services with responsibility for 18 rural hospitals. In 2014 Dennis moved to Southern Tasmania and spent the year providing Locum services throughout Australia in emergency medicine, obstetrics and general practice.
Dennis is a former President of the ACRRM and currently the National President of the Rural Doctors Associations.
Dennis is passionate about rural and remove health services across Australia and has been active in working towards improving access to health care for rural communities.
Specialty interest areas: medical education and training, rural health care, use of social media to promote rural health care

Dr Melanie Van Twest (BA, B-Litt (Hons), MBBS, MA) – General Practitioner
Dr Van Twest graduated in Medicine in late 2006 and then completed her junior years in Ballarat, Victoria, before moving to Canberra to work to in Orthopaedics and later in Emergency Medicine. After spending a year for the Australian Antarctic Division, including time on Macquarie Island, Melanie is now trained in and working in General Practice.
Dr Van Twest has great interest in archaeology and traveling.
Dr Van Twest will be working Monday to Friday on a rotational basis
Specialty interest areas: General Practice, Emergency Medicine, Mental Health, Muscular Skeletal Medicine.

Dr Philip Cassidy (MB ChB BAO, DRANZCOG, FRACGP) – General Practitioner/VMO
Dr Philip Cassidy has over 15 years experience in both rural and urban general practice. Originally studying at Queens University in Belfast, Philip has undertaken roles in Northern Ireland, Canberra, Sri Lanka and two years as a solo rural GP in Victoria. Phil moved to Tasmania in 1999 and joined the Ochre team in Queenstown initially as a locum in early 2014 and became a regular GP/VMO in the town from January 2015, splitting his time with his practice in Launceston.
Specialty interest areas: rural medicine and obstetrics

Queenstown General Practice
60-64 Orr St
Queenstown TAS 7467

Phone, Fax & Email
Telephone: (03) 6472 2380
Facsimile: (03) 6472 2384
Email: ohmcqueenstown@ochrehealth.com.au

Queenstown (7467) is situated on the west coast of Tasmania which lies in a valley on the western slopes of Mount Owen on the West Coast Range. With the A10 Highway running through Queenstown, it can take 2 hours to reach Burnie on the north coast of Tasmania or 4 hours to Hobart.


Our Latest Intern


Ben Dodds

Having grown up in the northern coast town of Ulverstone, Tasmania, Ben’s love of the outdoors has inspired him to pursue a career in rural medicine.

Ben completed his Bachelor of Medicine at the University of Tasmania in 2017 and is among the second intake of interns to commence Ochre Health’s government-funded community internship program in Tasmania on 8 April. Ben is excited to be based in Queenstown for the duration of the 13-week internship.

“I spent 5 weeks as a medical student in Queenstown last year and it is a really interesting place. I’m excited to go back there,” he says. “I feel this program is going to give me a bit of everything when it comes to combining rural townships and general practice. I’m interested in the blend of complex chronic disease as well as high acute medicine. Being in a rural area with scarcer resources adds an extra spin on it!”

Ben is looking forward to undertaking his training in Tasmania as his aim is to specialise in emergency medicine and general practice, preferably working in regional and remote parts of Tasmania.

“I’d like to give back to the local medical communities that I’ve already had the privilege of working in, as well as my home town, Ulverstone. Even though I eventually want to be based in a rural practice, living and working in Tasmania enables me to still have good access to larger centres.

I think it is fantastic the program wants to boost Tasmania’s general practice resources, because – and I’m not being biased – it’s one of the most beautiful places to live!”

Queenstown staff
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