Ochre Medical Centre Grafton, GP SuperClinic, 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 Grafton

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday: 8.00am to 1.00pm
Closed Sundays and public holidays

4 Clarence St
Grafton NSW 2460

Call: (02) 6640 3600 Superclinic logo


Ochre Medical Centre Grafton is a spacious purpose-built modern facility, close to the centre of town. There is ample parking at the clinic which is situated right next to the banks of the beautiful Clarence River. It is an accredited teaching practice and has a strong and dynamic team of professionals both GPs and Allied Health. The practice benefits from having both pharmacy and pathology services on site.

Hours of operation
8:00am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday
8:00am – 1:00pm Saturday

After Hours
The doctors at the Grafton GP Super Clinic provide an after hours call service for practice patients only. A doctor on call can be contacted by telephoning the practice on (02) 6640 3600 or 0472 831 714 outside of trading hours.

Billing Type
Ochre Health is a mixed billing practice. Bulk billing is available at the discretion of the individual doctor and as a general guide, pensioners (over 65 years of age), health care card holders and children under 16 years can be bulk billed at certain times during the day. Please ask our friendly reception team for more details. Please also note, we have systems in place to process your Medicare rebate claims on the spot.

Practice Manager
Carol Pachos

Registered and Enrolled Nurses
Grafton GP SuperClinic has three Registered Nurses and one Enrolled Nurse

List of visiting and on-site allied health and pathology services
Occupational Therapist
Exercise Physiologist
Audiometry Services
Renal Physician


Ochre Medical Centre Grafton – Winner of
Professional Services – 6 or More Employees
 at the Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards.

Dr. Nicholas Cooper (MBChB, DRCOG, FRACGP) – Medical Coordinator/General Practitioner
Dr Cooper, trained in the UK and began living and working in Australia in 2001.

Dr Cooper Graduated from Leicester University in 1987. Following his Intern year he completed a Medical Rotation prior to going into General Practice. He obtained experience in the many branches of Medicine as well as other Specialities including ENT, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Emergency Medicine. He has now been working in General Practice for over 18 years, He joined Ochre Medical Centre Grafton just a few months after it opened its doors in 2012. Prior to the move to Grafton he worked as a Civilian Senior Medical Officer for the ADF in Darwin.

His professional interests include cardiorespiratory medicine, diabetes and sports medicine. He is an accredited GP Trainer and teaches medical students from Wollongong.

In his spare time, Dr Cooper plays the trumpet with the Clarence Valley Orchestra and hopes to get back into rowing sometime. He also enjoys mountaineering and snowboarding.

Specialist Interest Areas: Diabetes, Cardio-Respiratory Medicine, Sports Medicine, Ophthalmology, Minor Surgery and Dermatology.

Dr Mark Bell (FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Bell has been trained in medicine from the University of Liverpool in 1990s and since then has undertaken several hospital training posts to gain good experience for general practice. He was qualified as a GP in 2004, initially worked in urgent care and Out of Hours. There he became the clinical lead and then the Deputy Clinical Director for the Community Business Unit of the hospital in Macclesfield. Dr Bell was then made partner in a busy training practice in 2008 and subsequently the Medical Director of a Community Interest Company which provided “out of hospital” services to the residents in Eastern Cheshire (population 200,000.)
Mark has now moved with his family to Australia and wish to provide the best service possible to the patients in Grafton. Dr Bell enjoys walking, playing chess, spending time with his family, especially in outdoors activities.
Specialty interest areas: Musculoskeletal medicine.

Dr Maneesha Weerasena (MMBS)– General Practitioner
Dr Weerasena moved to Australia in 2011 and has worked at Campbell Hospital as an Emergency Doctor for nearly six years. Outside of work, Maneesha enjoys reading and travelling. 
Specialty interest areas: General Medicine

Dr Matthew Roberts (BM, MA, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Matthew Roberts moved from the UK with his wife and two young daughters to Melbourne in April 2017. His family decided to relocate to the warmer climes of New South Wales in November 2017. He arrived to Medicine via a circuitous life route, growing up in PNG in his early years with later school and university in the UK. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences and afterwards spent time in various jobs including a stint teaching English in Morocco. He then decided to try his hand at Medicine and qualified from the University of Southampton in 2008. He has been a GP since 2013. In the UK he was involved in ‘admissions avoidance’ which involved working in partnership with older patients, managing their chronic medical conditions, and maintaining their independence at home. As well as general medicine he also has interests in elderly care and otolaryngology. Outside of Medicine he spends most of his time running after his young daughters trying to keep them out of trouble. Matt enjoys spending time with family, walking, badminton, outdoors recreation, travel.
Specialty interest areas: Chronic disease management, elderly care, otolaryngology

Dr John-Paul Kennedy (MBBS, MICGP, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr. John-Paul Kennedy qualified in Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2004. He gained experience in several hospitals in Ireland from 2004 to 2009 including jobs in Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics, Geriatrics, General Medicine. John-Paul completed GP training (MICGP) between 2009 and 2013 and moved to Foster in rural Victoria that same year. He has worked as a GP (FRACGP) in Foster VIC, Mernda Village Medical Centre, Melbourne and Jesmond, Newcastle, NSW. He looks forward to providing high quality care to the patients of Grafton. His personal interests include travel, reading, film, music, soccer and outdoors recreation.
Specialty interest areas: Chronic disease management, paediatrics, mental health, care of the older patient.

Dr Chris Taylor (BMBS, MRCGP) – General Practitioner 
Before embarking on his medical pathway, Dr Taylor worked as a Strategy Consultant in new technologies in London. In 2006, he decided to retrain, embarking on a medical degree at the University of Nottingham. Graduating in 2010, he went on to work as a hospital doctor in Derbyshire and Manchester, before reskilling again and training as a GP.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his two young children, playing tennis, and trekking.
Specialty interest areas: Care for the elderly, joint injections, paediatrics, chronic disease

Dr Jay Liyanage (BMBS) – General Practitioner
Jay brings with him over 20 years of medical experience to Grafton. Jay completed his medical training in Sri Lanka. In 2006, he moved to Sydney and worked at Concord General Hospital until 2010. Then Jay travelled to UK and started his career in prestigious Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust as a Senior Clinical Fellow in Emergency Medicine. This was the beginning of his long and outstanding career in the National Health Service (NHS) UK.
In 2015, he had the opportunity to join the internationally acclaimed Royal Free Hospital in central London. During his career in Royal Free Jay got vast experience in Emergency Medicine including Trauma management.
His many years of experience and innate common sense mean that he can also be relied upon to decipher complex patients. His knowledge is matched by his clinical skills in all areas of Medicine.
Jay enjoys free time, travelling and playing cricket.
Specialty interest areas: General Practice, Emergency Medicine


PO Box 3
4 Clarence St
Grafton NSW 2460

(02) 6640 3600


Grafton is a town on the North Coast of NSW situated on banks of the beautiful Clarence River. It services the Clarence Valley which has a population of nearly 50 000. Grafton has its own regional airport and is in close proximity to the Qld Gold Coast which is just over a 2 hour drive away.

Grafton is a gracious, historic city famous for its Jacaranda trees and beautiful parks. It is a sporting hub and plays host to many large sporting events including State Hockey Championships, Rowing Regattas and Australian Power Boat Racing.

Just east of Grafton, Yuraygir National Park is a sensational strip of coast teeming with wildlife. It also boasts pristine beaches, high dunes, paperbark lagoons, freshwater creeks that spill into the sea and some of the best coastal walking tracks in the State. Nearby, Yamba, Maclean and Iluka are also well worth a visit.


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