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Ochre Medical Centre Bruce!
Mon – Fri: 7.00am to 7.30pm
Sat: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Cnr Allawoona Street & Ginninderra Drive
Bruce ACT 2617
For patients looking for Marita O’Shea, please be advised that she has moved from ground floor to level B.
Ochre Health Medical Centre Bruce is located in the Belconnen district of Canberra, and shares occupancy with the University of Canberra (Building 28, next to soccer fields and across from the new sub-division of Lawson). With ample parking on-site, the practice provides a wide range of supporting allied health services, supported by CDM trained nurses.
List of visiting and on-site allied health and pathology services
Women’s health physiotherapist
If the doctors are unavailable, you may contact CALMS (Canberra After Hours Locum Medical Service) on 1300 422 567 for an alternative arrangement.
This is a private billing practice. If you have any questions regarding fees, please call our reception team.
There are 6 Registered Nurses working at Ochre Health Medical Centre Bruce.
Services provided by the Registered Nurse’s are: CDM and Health Assessments, Immunisations, Wound dressings, Ear Syringing, Removal of Sutures and any other services that the doctors request.
Dr Chris Harrison (FACRRM) – Medical Coordinator / General Practitioner
Dr Harrison is a highly experienced Canberra GP who joined Ochre Health in July 2013. He completed his MBBS from Sydney in 1984 and also has a degree in DRANZCOG.
Specialty interest Areas: Family Medicine, Antenatal care, Work Health and Minor Surgery.
Dr Harrison is available for appointments all day Monday to Friday. Appointments are available till 7:15pm Monday.
Dr Michael Brown (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Dr Brown is currently working as a GP at the Ochre Health Medical Centre Bruce practice. He studied MBBS from Sydney in 1980.
Specialty interest areas: Men’s Health and Paediatrics.
Dr Brown is available for appointments all day Monday, Tuesday & Wednesdays and 7:00am-12:30pm Thursday.
Dr Antoinette Kanagasuntherie (MBBS, MRCP, nMRCGP, FRACGP ) – General Practitioner
Antoinette is originally from Sri Lanka and studied Medicine in Nigeria. She spent the last 20 years in the UK and Republic of Ireland where she trained and later worked as a GP. She provides a full range of services including assessing and managing patients with acute and long term illnesses, cancer care, mental health, antenatal and women’s health (including contraceptive implants), sexual health, sports injuries, dermatology and health promotion. Antoinette splits her time working 3 days per week in Casey and 2 days per week in Bruce.
Specialty interest areas: Sports Medicine and Women’s Health
Dr Kanagasuntherie is available for appointments Wednesday & Friday.
Dr Karen Pahlow (FRACGP) – General Practitioner – not accepting new patients
Dr Pahlow is working as a GP at the Ochre Health Medical Centre Bruce practice. She has studied MBBS and DipRACOG in 1988.
Specialty interest areas: Antenatal care, Paediatrics and Women’s Health.
Dr Pahlow is available for appointments Monday, Wednesday & Friday and till 12:15pm Tuesday & Thursday.
Dr Mrin Ponnambalam (MBBS, FRCOphth, ICO) – General Practitioner
Dr Mrin Ponnamblam completed her medical degree at King’s College London, UK. She obtained her postgraduate degree in ophthalmology prior to starting General Practice. Including all General Practice services, she has a special interest in preventative medicine, health promotion, smoking cessation, obesity management, women’s health (including antenatal and postnatal care), mental health and Paediatrics. She performs mental health and management plans.
Specialty interest areas: Women’s Health, Mental Health, Ophthalmology
Dr Ponnamblam is available for appointments Monday & Wednesday from 8:30am to 4:00pm, Tuesday & Thursday from 7:45am to 4:00pm & Friday from 8:30am to 3:00pm
Dr Doug Rogers (MBBS)- General Practitioner
Dr Rogers is currently working at the Ochre Health Medical Centre Bruce practice as a GP. He has studied MBBS from University of Sydney in 1968.
Dr Rogers is available for appointments 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday, Thursday & Friday and 10:30am – 7:00pm Tuesday & Wednesday.
Dr Sivaprasad Sunil (MBBS, MS, FRCS, MRCGP, FRACGP, DPD) – General Practitioner
Dr Sunil has relocated to Australia with his family from the UK in October 2013 and brings with him extensive experience in General Practice. Sunil started at Ochre Medical Centre Bruce on it’s opening day.
Specialty interest area: Dermatology, Skin cancer surgery, Minor surgery, Ingrown toe nail.
Dr Sunil is available for appointments all day Monday to Friday.
Dr David Voon (FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Voon is one of Ochre Health’s most experienced doctors. He has completed BMedSc, MBBS, and FACNEM from Tasmania in 1976.
Specialty interest Areas: Vasectomy, Minor Surgery, In-Grown toe nail, Acupuncture and Men’s Health.
Dr Voon is available for appointments Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (till 7:00pm) & Friday and till 12:45pm Wednesday.
Dr Sue Baglow (MB BS DRCOG) – General Practitioner – not accepting new patients
Sue Baglow graduated from the University of Queensland as a General Practitioner going onto obtain her Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Scotland. Sue has spent majority of her career working in Queensland in General Practice, then moving to Melbourne before moving to Canberra with her husband so they could spend more time with their daughter.
Specialty interest areas: Antenatal Care, paediatrics, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Refugee Health, medical education, and all aspects of holistic patient care.
Dr Baglow is available for appointments all day Monday, from 2:00pm – 4:45pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday and Thursday 8:30am – 11:45am.
Dr Steve Freeman (MBChB, DipObst, FRACGP, GradCertSpMed) – Sports Medicine Doctor
Australian born, Dr Steve Freeman grew up in South Africa, graduating from the University of Cape Town in 1990.
Steve began his career in Cape Town in General Practice, Obstetrics & Occupational Medicine. Following this, Steve began to practice in Sports Medicine and has had an increasing role in the field ever since.
From 2005 Steve has been on staff at multidisciplinary specialist sports medicine centres, worked alongside many excellent orthopaedic surgeons, and ran clinics at The Kings School, Parramatta.
In addition, over the last 10 years, has had roles with numerous sporting organisations and across a wide range of sports (including 3 years with an NRL team), but with increasing involvement in rugby union – holding several positions in both NSW Rugby and the Australian Rugby Union. For the last 3 years, among other positions, has been the team doctor for the national U20 rugby team and been involved with Super Rugby as a match day doctor.
In November last year, Steve moved to Canberra to take up a position as team doctor with the ACT Brumbies – a role which allows him to continue to use his experience in General Practice and accumulated experience and expertise in Sports Medicine.
Specialty interest areas: Sports and Exercise Medicine
Dr George Guirguis – General Practitioner – not accepting new patients
Having graduated in 1976 Dr Guirguis worked in the UK before making the move to Australia in 1984.
He has worked as a full time GP in North Canberra ever since.
Specialty interest areas: Men’s Health, Mental Health and Occupational Medicine
Dr Rosa O’Kane (MBChB, DRCOG) – General Practitioner
Dr Rosa O’Kane is an experienced GP who has worked in North Canberra for a number of years. She graduated from Leicester University UK and completed vocational training in General Practice in 1992. Her interest areas are Family Medicine, and Women’s reproductive health across the lifespan including antenatal care, and menopause management.
Dr O’Kane is available for appointments Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – all day.
Specialty interest areas: Women’s Reproductive Health, across the whole lifespan to include at midlife and menopause
Dr Pam Whalan (BMed; FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Whalan has been a GP for over 20 years. She has worked in general practice in Canberra and Hobart and will be starting at OCHRE Bruce in November 2016. Her initial sessions will be (TBA); she will be available on some Saturdays. Her philosophy is to work with patients, to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. Dr Whalan enjoys gardening, bushwalking with her children, (most recently in Tassie and NZ). Dr Whalan also admits to being a quilter and an occasional (inexpert) knitter.
Specialty interest areas: Children’s Health, Women’s Health and chronic disease management.
Dr Sue Guirguis – Skin and Cosmetics Specialist
Dr Guirguis has been working in Canberra for 30 years, mostly in General Practice.
Sue has over 15 years’ experience in skin and cosmetic medicine and was awarded Diploma in Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery from the Skin Cancer College of Australasia.
Other awards include: Certificate in Advanced Skin Cancer Surgery and Certificate in Advanced Dermatoscopy from University of Queensland.
Sue specializes in skin cancer medicine and surgery, including skin checks for moles and other suspicious lesions and their excision, biopsy or curette. Also cryo or light photo dynamic therapy for Actinic Keratosis. Additionally, Sue practices in Cosmetic Medicine to include Botox, dermal fillers, thread lifting and skin care consultations, removal of skin tags or multiple Seb. Keratosis etc. She was awarded a Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine from the Australian College of Aesthetic Medicine.
Dr Bethan McDonald (MBBS, FRACGP, DipPaeds, DTM&H, DiMM) – General Practitioner
Dr McDonald studied medicine in Adelaide and began her career as a doctor in New Zealand. She completed her GP training in Cooma, Narooma and Canberra. Dr McDonald has spent the past four years splitting her time between working with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Sudan, Chad and Lebanon, and working in rural practices around Australia with Ochre Health. Bethan enjoys bushwalking, rock-climbing, cross-country skiing and cooking with friends. Dr McDonald works on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Specialty interest areas: Health Issues at both ends of the Age Spectrum, Travel and Expedition Medicine, Health of People from Migrant Backgrounds and Implementing Lifestyle Changes to Manage Disease.
Dr Sama Shrestha (MBBS, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Shrestha is a trusted, patient focussed and experienced GP. She has a strong interest in Women’s and Children ‘s health. Dr Shrestha has worked for over 6 years as a general practitioner in Bathurst and Goulburn. She has also worked with the National Home Doctor Service in Canberra since 2016. Dr Shrestha studied medicine in Chittagong, Bangladesh, before working in Nepal for 2 years. She emigrated to Australia in 2002. After completing her AMC exam, Dr Shrestha worked in Orange Base Hospital for almost five years. Whilst there, she gained a broad experience across a range of specialties. especially in Emergency, ICU, Obstetrics and Paediatrics. She also did locum work at Calvary Hospital, Canberra in the O&G and HITH departments. Sama enjoys music, travelling and spending time with her family. Dr Shrestha will be working on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays.
Specialty interest areas: Women’s and Children’s Health and Mental Health
Dr Stephanie Davis (MBBS, M.App.Epid, FAFPHM) – General Practitioner Registrar
Dr Davis graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2004 and worked for several years in rural and remote Australia, as well as some stints overseas. During this time, she completed her fellowship of Public Health Medicine with special interest in infectious diseases epidemiology. An interest in primary health care led Stephanie to enroll in General Practice training in 2014. Dr Davis will be working Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Specialty interest areas: Infectious diseases, sexual health, public health
Dr Stephan Praet (FEBSM, FACSEP) – Sport and Exercise Physician
Dr. Stephan Praet is a Dutch Sport and Exercise Physician, with dual registration both in the Netherlands and Australia. He is adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE). From April 2015-September 2017 Dr. Praet worked at the Australian Institute of Sport. Dr. Praet holds a PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Maastricht University, The Netherlands and he is a Fellow of the European Board of Sports Medicine (FEBSM) as well as the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (FACSEP). At Ochre Medical Centre Bruce, Dr.Praet is offering the complete array of sports medicine services and tests to ACT or NSW residents with musculoskeletal injuries or concussion symptoms, those who are intolerant to exercise due to a chronic disease or cancer treatment, those seeking a pre-participation screening before starting high-intensity or competitive sport activities, as well as developing or high-performance athletes.
Specialty interest areas: Sports medicine
Dr Megan McCracken (B.Med, B. Sci (Physics)) – General Practice Registrar
Dr Megan McCracken graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2014. She has worked in hospitals in the Hunter Region, Hornsby and mid-north coast of NSW. She is currently completing her Diploma in Child Health.
Specialty interest areas: Women’s and Children’s Health
Dr Jessica Nathan (FRACGP, BMED) – General Practitioner
Jessica started work with Ochre Health in 2018 and is a Fellow of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Jessica studied at the University of Newcastle, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Medicine. Her Internship and Residency was completed in the Hunter New England area, including Emergency Medicine in Taree and Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine in Newcastle. Since moving to Canberra in 2014, Jessica has worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Paediatrics at The Canberra Hospital, before completing her GP training. A highlight of Jessica’s training was working in a rural emergency department in Cape Town, South Africa. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys walking her dog, salsa dancing, and learning spanish.
Specialty interest areas: Women’s and Children’s Health, Antenatal Care, Mental Health
Dr Ranga Panagoda (MBBS, FRACGP, DCH) – General Practitioner
Ranga completed his medical degree in 2005 in Sri Lanka and since then has worked in many disciplines in medicine including Paediatrics, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Acute medicine and finally continued with his passion for General Practice. He has worked in Canberra Hospital, Manly Hospital (NSW) and Hamilton Hospital (Vic) in various disciplines. He completed his diploma in Paediatrics through Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. He obtained the Fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2017. Ranga has two kids and enjoys travelling and playing cricket.
Specialty interest areas: dermatology, minor surgery, paediatrics, smoking cessation, obesity management and mental health.
Marita O’Shea – Women’s Health Physiotherapist
Marita has a postgraduate certificate in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation and Continence. Marita specialises in Pelvic Floor assessment and management in women who have:
· Vaginal Prolapse
· Urinary Incontinence
· Bowel Dysfunction and constipation
· Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysparuenia
· Pelvic floor weakness/perineal tears post vaginal delivery
She is passionate about providing women with the correct pelvic floor advice following delivery. A postnatal pelvic floor assessment is recommended 6 weeks following delivery. This provides women with the information needed to ensure an optimal recovery and return to exercise. She uses real-time ultrasound to provide patients with feedback on pelvic floor and lower abdominal muscle activation patterns. This ensures that women know how to structure their exercise routines to ensure that what they do is safe for their pelvic floor. Marita has a strong background in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and is experienced in treating pregnancy-related pelvic pain, lower back pain and sacroiliac joint instability.
Manuela H Habicht (Ph D (Psychology), M Sc (Psychology), B Sc (Psychology), MMHSc (Therapy), MA (Psychoanalytic Studies), Grad Dip SSc (Clinical Hypnosis), LLM, LLB – Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
Dr Manuela Habicht provides a variety of psychotherapies (CBT, ACT, IPT, DBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy) for children, adolescents, adults and elderly people and adjunct therapies such as clinical hypnosis and EMDR for the treatment of clinical disorders and personality disorders. She also provides forensic psychology services including but not limited to assessments for family court proceedings, care proceedings, criminal proceedings, personal injury proceedings and children’s court proceedings.
Specialty interest areas: Mood Disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, OCD, phobias, sleep disorders, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, adjustment disorders and substance use
lndika Warusevitane (B.App.Sci (Podiatry)) – Podiatrist
lndika studied at the University of Western Sydney, graduating in 2005. Originally from Canberra, and with a background and keen interest in athletics, cricket and basketball, he chose podiatry due to his interest in shoes and the mechanics of the feet and legs. He has worked with the leading podiatrists in Canberra and Brisbane and has further increased his knowledge. He is currently involved in all aspects of podiatry and has a special interest in nail surgery and sports podiatry. Indika is a member of the Australian Podiatry Association (NSW/ACT) and a member of Sports Medicine Australia.
Louise Roantree (B.App.Sci. (Physio)) – Hand Therapist
Louise graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in 2003. Since graduating Louise has worked in a variety of health settings at The Canberra Hospital, in Community Health Centres, injury prevention & management unit in ACT Health and in private practice around Canberra gaining experience in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions.
Louise began working in the specialty area of hand physiotherapy in 2006 and was soon to realise that this is where her interest laid. In 2013 Louise completed USA based specialisation exams in hand therapy to become the first Certified Hand Therapist in Canberra.
In 2010 Louise established a hand physiotherapy service at SportsCare and Physiotherapy, originally at Garran in partnership with the University of Canberra Physiotherapy student led clinic. A few years later the clinic was relocated to Barton and is now a hand clinic team with 4 hand therapists. The speciality service expanded to the north side of Canberra in partnership with Ochre Health at the Bruce campus in 2015. Louise works across both clinic locations.
Kate Da Silva (B.App.Sci. (Physio)) – Physiotherapist
Kate joined SportsCare in 2017, she graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2012 and has worked in private practice and the hospital sector. Kate has completed her APA Sports Level 1 & 2, APA Continence and Women’s Health level 1, and is an APPI qualified Pilates instructor. Kate’s professional interests include clinical Pilates, sports injury prevention and injury rehabilitation, and Women’s health. Kate was involved with ACT Basketball as a junior, and is currently playing for Queanbeyan in the Canberra State League Netball, she is also a social triathlete.
Amara Thomson (MPhtySt, APAM, BExSS (Hons), AEP) | Physiotherapist/Exercise Physiologist
Amara is a dual-qualified health professional who is both a Physiotherapist and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Amara has recently joined us after moving down from Brisbane where she has previous experience in private practice (inclusive of musculoskeletal, neurological, return to work and sports injury care). She enjoys social netball, triathlons, beach volleyball and cycling.
Amara has a special interest in lower limb injures, osteoarthritis care and rehab, post-op rehabilitation and rehabilitation of neurological conditions. She has also recently taken an interest to SIJ injuries. Amara is qualified in dry needling and equipment Pilates and loves running group exercise classes.
Amara is all about helping people get more active to improve their quality of life. If you don’t use it, you lose it!
Amara is in the clinic from 8.00am to 6.00pm on Thursdays
Cnr Allawoona Street & Ginninderra Drive
Bruce ACT 2617
(02) 6180 8500
(02) 6162 0437
LPO Box 5015
University of Canberra
Bruce, ACT 2617
Bruce is a suburb of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia with a population of 6,390 (census 2011). The suburb was founded on 6 June 1968 in recognition of Viscount Stanley Melbourne Bruce (1883-1967), the eighth Prime Minister of Australia and the first Chancellor of the Australian National University. Bruce is in close proximity to Canberra Stadium (home of the Canberra Raiders rugby league and Brumbies rugby union sides), Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre and The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).