Ochre Medical Centre Garran


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Improving the health of our communities.

Local Family GP Doctor

Ochre Medical Centre Garran

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri: 7.30am to 6.30pm
Sat: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Closed Sundays and public holidays

2 Garran Place
Garran ACT 2605

Call: (02) 6281 0033


Ochre Medical Centre Garran operates 6 days a week. Located in the Garran shops, the medical centre is also close to Canberra Hospital and the National Capital Hospital.

On-site services
Diabetic Educator
Capital Chemist
Medical Imaging

After Hours
If the doctors are unavailable, you may contact CALMS (Canberra After Hours Locum Medical Service) on 1300 422 567 for an alternative arrangement.

Billing Type
Ochre Medical Centre Garran is a private billing practice and the fees listed are our standard fees for consultations. Changes may vary depending on your doctor, the length of time for your appointment and the complexity of your medical condition. Your doctor and our reception staff will keep you informed of any fees associated with your appointment today. We have systems in place to process your Medicare rebate claims on the spot.

Practice Manager
Damian Pennyfield

Registered Nurses
There are 4 Registered Nurses working at Ochre Medical Centre Garran.  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. Helen Morrison (MBBS DCH DRACOG) – General Practitioner / Medical Coordinator
Dr Morrison has been a local practitioner in the Canberra area for 25 years. Dr Morrison commenced at Ochre Health Calwell in October 2012.
Specialty interest areas: Men’s, women’s and children’s health and minor procedures
Dr Morrison is available for appointments all day Monday, Tuesday & Thursday and Wednesday & Friday mornings.

Dr Richard Radajewski (MBBS FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Radajewski studied at the University of Sydney and completed his residency and internship at a range of Sydney hospitals, including Hornsby, Manly, Mona Vale and Westmead Children’s Hospital. While at the Children’s Hospital, Richard obtained a Diploma in Child Health. In 2011 Richard moved to Canberra working as a GP in Queanbeyan and as a Visiting Medical Officer for Queanbeyan Hospital. Richard joined Plaza Medical Centre Woden in 2012 and is now part of the Ochre Health Medical Centre Garran. Richard enjoys spending time with his family and staying active with bush walking, camping, skiing and swimming.
Specialty interest areas: Family Medicine, Children’s health and minor procedures.
Dr Radajewski is available for appointments all day Monday, Wednesday & Friday and Thursday mornings.

Dr. George Chan (MBBS MAMAS) – General Practitioner
Dr Chan has been a General Practitioner for 25 years.
Specialty interest areas: Acupuncture and qualified diving medical examiner.
Dr Chan is available for appointments all day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday.

Dr Shannon Craft (MBBS FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Craft is an experienced Canberra GP. She completed her MBBS from Adelaide in 1978 and her FRACGP in 1994.
Specialty interest areas: Antenatal care, Child health, Chronic Disease Management and Education in General Practice
Dr Craft is available for appointments all day Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday.

Dr Sunita Singh (FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Singh studied MBBS (Tasmania) and DipRACOG. She has over 20 years experience in General Practice.
Specialty interest Areas: Antenatal care, Paediatrics and Women’s Health
Dr Singh is available for appointments all day Monday to Thursday and Friday mornings.

Dr Patrick Leerdam (MBBS / FRACGP) – Medical Co-ordinator
Dr Leerdam joined Ochre Health Calwell after 21 years of running his own practice in Chifley. He thrives on the challenge of general practice.
Specialty interest areas: Family medicine
Dr Leerdam is available for appointments till 1.30pm Monday & Thursday and all day Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday.

Dr Ann Richardson (MBBS, FRACGP)- General Practitioner
Dr Richardson joined the Ochre team from a practice in Chifley. She enjoys all aspects of General Practice but has a particular interest in skin and cancer management.
Ann enjoys the challenge of educating medical students.
Specialty interest areas: Skin care, General Practice
Dr Richardson is available for appointments Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Dr. Cassandra Harris (BMedSci, Hons +1, MBBS) – General Practitioner
Dr Harris has a scientific research background from Canberra.
She completed her training at the ANU then proceeded to work in the local area, most recently at the Airport General Practice.
Speciality interest areas: Dermatology and Obstetrics.

Dr Tang-Sheng Zeng (MBBS, PhD, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Zeng and his family have been living in Canberra for over 20 years. After completing his PhD studies at the University of Queensland, he worked at the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), The Canberra Hospital, Calvary Hospital, and Queanbeyan District Hospital, in addition to general practice. He speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin. Tang has a strong interest in Acute Care and currently also works at the Emergency Department outside his GP work. His personal interests include music, sport and gardening.
Specialty interest areas: General medicine and Acute Care.
Dr Zeng is available for appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays.

Dr Jennifer Firman – General Practitioner
Dr Fiman’s bio will be uploaded soon.

Dr Tara Frommer (MBBS, FRACGP, DCH) – General Practitioner
Dr Frommer studied at the University of Sydney and worked in many hospitals including Sydney Children’s Hospital, Orange, Coffs Harbour, Westmead and Auburn. Her experience includes paediatrics and she has completed a Diploma in Child Health. She has also worked extensively in women’s health and family planning, having completed her National Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine and being trained in Im-planon and IUD insertion. She continues to do work in both specialist family planning and emergency services.
Dr Frommer enjoys spending time with her young children, rock climbing, cycling, hiking and travelling.
Specialty interest areas: Children’s health, Women’s health, Minor procedures, Men’s Health, IUD insertion, Antenatal Care

Dr Abbir Ouban (MBBS, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Following graduation, Dr Ouban went on to work at Liverpool Hospital in South Western Sydney, the designated major trauma centre for the region. During her time there, Dr Ouban worked in a number of different specialty areas including emergency medicine, palliative care, surgery, obstetrics and paediatrics. 
Specialty interest areas: Women’s health, Antenatal care, Paediatrics, General medicine.

Dr Matthew Thompson (MBBS, BA, Grad Dip Education) – General Practitioner
Dr Thompson completed his internship and residency at The Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital. He has undertaken hospital rotations in Psychiatry, Urology, Infectious Diseases, Emergency, Paediatrics, Rehabilitation, Cardiothoracic surgery as well as some time as resident of the vascular team. His interest in General Practice stems from his background in education, practicing primary preventative medicine, educating patients and care-givers, providing continuity of care, and enjoying the variety General practice provides.
Dr Thompson enjoys all sports, particularly cricket and Australian Rules, although in his spare time you can find him reading news articles or watching some form of sport. He likes to remain active, enjoying travel and sharing time with good friends and family. He has recently taken up javelin and trains at the AIS during the week with a specialist coach.
Specialty interest areas: family medicine, Sports medicine, Mental Health and Men’s health. 

Dr Sharmila Sambandam (MBBS, BMedSc, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Sambandam completed her medical degree at the Australian National University, graduating in 2012. She has since worked at the Canberra Hospital, where she has undertaken roles in emergency medicine, psychiatric medicine, women’s health, orthopaedics, geriatrics and general surgery. Dr Sambandam joined the Ochre Medical Centre Garran team in 2019 with special interests in; women’s health, including antenatal and postnatal care, contraception advice, and menopause management; children’s health; obesity management; mental health management and care plans; chronic disease management; and preventative health, including assistance with smoking cessation and lifestyle changes. In addition, Dr Sambandam helps her patients with Workers’ Compensation Cases and also performs minor procedures.
In her spare time, Dr Shambandam enjoys painting, cooking, and spending time with her two young children.

Dr Eu Jern Tan (BMedSci (Hons), MPhil, MBBS, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Tan graduated from his medical degree (MBBS) at the Australian National University, having previously studied a Bachelor of Medical Science with honours, and attained a Masters of Philosophy. He went on to work at the Canberra Hospital, working in a number of surgical rotations as well as working for some time in critical care medicine. Following this, he decided to further train as a General Practitioner, undergoing his GP training in rural regions such as Cootamundra and Temora before going on to obtain his fellowship with the RACGP.
In his spare time, Dr Tan enjoys music, as well as participating in a number of sports.
Specialty interest areas: Sports medicine, Skin cancer medicine, Minor procedures, Acute medicine, Chronic diseases, Preventative medicine, Aged Care

Dr Ken Lee (MBBS, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Lee graduated from Newcastle University in NSW in 2009, and commenced internship and residency with Hunter New England Area Health. He went on to complete emergency medicine training in 2012 and worked locally in different emergency departments around the greater Hunter Region. In 2017 he embarked on GP training, working rurally in Wagga Wagga and Cootamundra whilst he completed his training, obtaining fellowship with the RACGP in 2019.
In his spare time, Dr Lee enjoys travelling and exploring local regions, wine tasting, and spending quality time with his wife and two kids.
Specialty interest areas: Emergency and acute medicine, chronic disease management, preventative health, paediatrics. 

The practice provides a range of health care for men, women and children of all ages, including nursing home, palliative care and home visits when appropriate.

General medical consultations

  • include diagnosis, health advice and management
  • counselling and psychological medicine
  • Pap smear tests
  • health screening and preventive care and advice
  • immunisation for children and adults
  • shared antenatal care
  • minor surgical procedures and skin cancer care
  • chronic illness management
  • wound management
  • travel advice and immunisation, pre-travel assessment
  • occupational health and pre-employment examinations

The process
Consultation with your GP, where a nurse may assist with some of these, involves:

History of the present problem and background health issues.

Examination covers the affected areas as well as other aspects which may be significant. You can have our nurse present if you would like or a trusted friend or family member.

During the history and examination, the doctor is forming possible diagnoses which then may point towards requiring certain specific and specialist investigations and tests, that may require referral.

Diagnosis may be made during the above stages or may require evaluation over time or referral to a specialist.

Management Plan
We may recommend a course of management which will be discussed with you including any possibility of adverse effects and the risks of not having treatment and referral to a medical specialist for an opinion or treatment.

Many medical problems require review and monitoring of the results of investigation or response to treatment.

Record Keeping
We use a computer program called Best Practice to record your health information. Your medical record is important and we will spend time making sure essential information is updated. Your privacy is protected using high levels of security. All staff are trained in the management of health information and confidentiality.

Preventative Health and Lifestyle Advice
In addition to managing your presenting problem we may recommend certain actions to help improve or protect your heath. This may require a return visit to address these issues.

Standard Appointment Fees

Standard  $89.00
Long  $155.00
Prolonged  $200.00

The Fees at Ochre Medical Centre Garran  have been set with the objective of covering the cost of providing and maintaining a medical service to the community (expenses related to maintaining facilities, clinical material, IT systems, staff wages) as well as paying for the doctor’s expertise, responsibility and time, including when patients are not present.  The fees are an integral part of ensuring the viability of the Practice and as such, will be reviewed from time to time together with the cost of maintaining the service into the future.

You may be aware, the Medicare rebate for patients provided by the Australian Government does not cover the full cost of the service, and therefore there is essentially a “Gap” for services.  Payment is required at the time of your visit. The practice will use on-line Medicare claiming on your behalf, allowing you to receive you rebate from Medicare on the spot. The ‘Gap’ is the amount you pay after receiving the Medicare rebate, which is the actual cost to you.

Your fee will depend on the type of consultation, depending on the time required. Please advise Reception of the likely length of the appointment at the time of making your booking and ask for the likely fee involved.

Cancellation policy
If you are unable to attend your appointment, we would appreciate 2 hours notice so that we can offer appointment to someone else. Repeated cancellations at short notice or non-attendance of appointments may incur a cancellation fee of $40.00. (Please note this fee is not eligible for Medicare rebate).

Other costs
Some vaccines are funded by the Government and are provided at no cost e.g. childhood vaccines. In other cases, advance arrangements can be made with your Doctor and you will need to obtain a prescription and you will be asked to bring the item(s) with you for your appointment. Some vaccines are available at the practice and will incur a cost which will be discussed with the Nurse or the Doctor during your appointment. Other services may also incur costs i.e., certain tests, procedures and treatment. Any additional costs will be disclosed during your consultation.

Repeat Script request and referrals without appointments may incur a fee of $15.00

We do not bill WorkCover directly without a letter accepting your claim with a claim number and billing information.  You are billed as normal and you will need to seek reimbursement from your employer or WorkCover until your claim is accepted.

Repeat scripts, Referrals & Certificates
These are not generally provided outside of a consultation.

We request that you phone and make an appointment if you require repeat prescriptions, referrals or certificates. Our doctors have a duty of care to ensure that repeat medication or referrals remain appropriate, and a short consultation is required to check on this. These appointments can generally be accommodated same-day if urgent and you may be required to see another doctor within the practice to attend to these requests. All S8 Medication requests on authority will have to return to their regular GP. If you need to owe a script to a pharmacy you will need to make an appointment to obtain this. In these particular cases the Doctor would like to consult with you. Doctors cannot backdate a medical certificate in any circumstances.

2 Garran Place
Garran ACT 2605
(02) 6281 0033
(02) 6285 1491

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