Ochre Medical Centre Barham, NSW

COVID-19 Alert
To keep everybody safe, masks or face-coverings are now required in our practice – please bring your own if you have one. If you have any cold or flu symptoms, you must book a telehealth (phone or video) appointment rather than an in-person appointment. This can be done online or over the phone. During your consultation, your doctor will assess whether you need COVID-19 testing. Thank you for your support and apologies for any inconvenience.
Our practice is open for in-person and telehealth consultations
Telehealth (phone or video) appointments can be booked online or over the phone, while in-person appointments can only be made over the phone. Medicare support is available for both options.


Improving the health of our communities.

Local Family GP Doctor

Ochre Medical Centre Barham

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Suite 3, Barham Plaza
5-9 Mellool St
Barham, NSW 2732

Call: (03) 5453 1722

Located in Barham Plaza in the local shopping district, Ochre Medical Centre Barham is the sole medical centre servicing Barham and Koondrook. A pharmacy is located just down the road, across from the Barham community centre. Doctors working within the Medical Centre also provide after-hours on-call support to the Barham Koondrook Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

Hours of operation
9:00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday (not open on weekends)

Billing Type
Ochre Medical Centre Barham is a mixed billing practice. All pensioners and children under 16 are Bulk-Billed. All other patients are required to pay in full on the day of the consultation.
Payments can be made by cash, EFTPOS or credit card. Rebate claims are transmitted directly to Medicare.

Practice Manager

Reception Team
Wendy, Linda

Nurse Team
Kelly, Cynthia

The practice has one Registered Nurse and one Enrolled Nurse.

List of visiting and on-site allied health and pathology services
Dorevitch Pathology 5 mornings per week
Podiatrist Monday – Wednesday weekly

About the Hospital
The Barham Koondrook Soldiers Memorial Hospital was built with significant community contribution post war, and opened in 1955 by NSW Governor, to commemorate the services of men and women of our district who served in World War 2.

The hospital provides Women’s Health, Dietitian, Speech Pathologist, Mental Health, Healthlink Professional and Social Worker services, with X-ray services on Wednesday mornings. Continuum of Care and Palliative Care meetings are held once a month with various allied health workers, doctors and practice nurses.

The hospital has a very active Auxiliary, which raises funds for medical equipment etc. The well-equipped hospital has been upgraded on a number of occasions, notably in 2012 when Barham Community Health was relocated to a new building to upgrade their facilities. Also a new Palliative Care Suite has been added which caters for families of Palliative care patients.

Murray Haven Homes is a residential aged care facility also attached to the hospital.


Dr Chameera Akurugoda (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Dr Chameera Akurugoda has joined the Barham & District Medical Centre with more than 10 years’ experience working in medicine. Having completed his medical studies at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 2008, Dr Akurugoda has since worked throughout the public and private hospital systems in Sri Lanka and Singapore. He describes his three years working in the rural Sri Lankan community of Ampara as an inspiring and formative period of his career, in which he had the ability to positively impact the quality of life of a rural population. Since arriving in Australia in 2016, Dr Akurugoda has worked in the Emergency, Intensive Care and Paediatric Departments at Campbelltown Hospital, Camden Hospital and Bowral Hospital, in New South Wales’ Southern Highlands. He is excited to join the Ochre Health team in Barham as an Independent Pathway GP registrar with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and is looking forward to pursuing his love of playing cricket in the community.
Special interest areas: General Practice, Rural Medicine

Dr Anusha Fernando (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Dr Anusha Fernando graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 2009. She has worked in hospitals throughout Singapore, including Singapore General Hospital, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Alexandra Hospital and Ng Teng Fong Hospital, where she gained experience across cardiology, paediatrics, ICU medicine and general medicine. Since moving to Australia with her husband, Dr Chameera Akurugoda, in 2016, she has worked in the emergency department at Campbelltown Hospital, in Sydney. Dr Fernando has special interests in paediatrics, emergency medicine and neonatal care, and is currently undertaking additional training in mental health through the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
Special interest areas: Paediatrics, Mental Health, Emergency Medicine and Neonatal Care

Suite 3, Barham Plaza
5-9 Mellool St
Barham, NSW 2732

(03) 5453 1722

Patient Feedback
You are encouraged to give feedback to the practice. You may give this feedback verbally or by using the patients comment forms available at reception.
If you feel it would be more appropriate to lodge your comments outside of the practice, please contact the NSW Health Complaints Commission on 02 9129 7444 or visit the website: www.hccc.nsw.gov.au/complaints

Barham is a town in the western Riverina district of New South Wales, Australia. The town is located 823 kilometres South West of Sydney and 303 kilometres North West of Melbourne. In the 2011 Census, the population of Barham was 1,567.

Barham is a pretty riverside town on the Murray River, with lakes and nearby red gum forests to explore. Its twin town is Koondrook in Victoria. Barham is a great spot to base yourself if you’d like to enjoy recreational activities along the Murray.

Barham Lakes is a great place to start. Surrounded by grasslands and native plants, the lakes have excellent picnic spots, a walking track and riverbank beach for hot days. If you enjoy fishing then head off with a local operator on a fishing trip on the Murray River for Murray Cod and golden perch. Barham also has its own championship golf course, one of the finest of the many courses along the Murray.

This attractive town straddles the Murray River and offers relaxing riverside breaks and great fishing in both the river and nearby lakes.

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