King Island General Practice, TAS


Improving the health of our communities.

Local Family GP Doctor

Ochre Medical Centre King Island

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri:
9.00am to 1.00pm, 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Closed weekends and public holidays

35 Edward Street
Currie, TAS 7256

Call: (03) 6462 0200


Ochre Medical Centre King Island is located in the island’s largest town, Currie. The practice serves a resident population of around 1500 plus all of the visitors who regularly come to the island. The medical practice has been caring for the health and well-being of the King Island community for many years. The practice offers on-call support to the King Island Hospital.

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 9:00am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm. The Medical Practice is closed for 1 hour between 1:00pm-2:00pm for lunch.

After hours
For after hours please call the King Island Hospital on 03 6462 9900. If it is an emergency please call ‘000’.

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
Lauren Harvey

Registered Nurses
There is one Registered Nurse working at King Island General Practice.
Services provided by the Registered Nurses are: CDM, BP Monitoring, INR’s, ECG and Immunisations

List of visiting and on-site allied health and pathology services
A range of allied health providers visit King Island on a regular basis. For more information please speak with reception.


Dr David Hateley (MBBS, Awaiting RACGP Fellowship) – General Practitioner / VMO
Dr Hateley started working on the Sunshine Coast, following which he has worked all over from Mount Isa to Katherine to south West WA and Northern NSW. He has also done some volunteer work in the Solomon Islands. David likes surfing, golfing and mountain biking.
Specialty interest areas: General Practice and Paediatrics
Dr Hateley will be working full time

Dr Kevin Walters (BHB, MBChB, Dip Paeds, FRNZCGP, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Kevin graduated from Auckland University, New Zealand and worked in rural Northland, first in a rural base hospital, then in a General Practice training programme. He has experience in Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and training in Diving medicine. He briefly went to England where he worked in the NHS. Returning to NZ, he has worked in multiple roles in General Practice, but mainly in large scale clinics with after hours care and Urgent care. He has an interest in practice design and has held directorships in Healthcare Organisations. He has worked as a consultant in practice change and design. He has a Diploma in Paediatrics from Auckland University. He moved to Australia in 2013 and has worked in General Practice at a Super Clinic on the Central Coast NSW. He has also worked most recently in Tropical Queensland.
In his spare time Kevin enjoys the great outdoors; camping, fishing, hunting, diving and boating. He also enjoys cooking, motorbike and car restoration, and watching the All Blacks win.
Specialty interest areas: General Practice, Paediatrics, Minor Surgery

Michelle Bonnici (MBChB FRNZCGP FRACGP MWOMHMed) – General Practitioner
Michelle qualified in South Africa in 1984. She worked in a fertility and gynaecology unit for many years as well as acting as a police surgeon. She moved to New Zealand in 1994, where she worked as a GP and in emergency managing acute injuries and conditions. She was also involved in several government-led quality improvement projects like diabetes (of which she had the clinical lead in Auckland and Northland rural area), general practice and bowel screening initiatives. In 2013 Michelle moved to Australia, where she has worked as a GP in regional NSW and Queensland. In 2016 she completed her Masters in Women’s Health. Michelle and her husband have 3 sons and 2 grandsons living in NSW. They enjoy travelling and cooking. Michelle enjoys the outdoors and nature, boating, fishing and reading.
Specialty interest areas: Women’s Health including sexual health, fertility, contraception, early antenatal care and menopause management, minor surgical procedures

35 Edward Street
Currie TAS 7256

Phone, Fax & Email
Phone: (03) 6462 0200
Fax: (03) 6462 1923


King Island is located approximately 80 km northwest of Tasmania in Australia and about 90 km southeast of Cape Otway on the Victorian coast of Australia. King Island, with a population between 1500 and 2000, is one of Australia’s undiscovered island retreats. Wildly rugged, windswept and attractive, it boasts over 145 km of untouched coastline, an estimated 57 offshore wrecks and a wide and unusual variety of seabirds and wildlife. This is not a tiny island, it is some 64 km long and 26 km wide.

Our Latest Intern

Manoj Anandan
Although Malaysian-born Manoj Anandan has been in Australia for 10 months – and Tasmania just for five – he has seen almost everything Tasmania has to offer, with one box left to tick: King Island.

For Manoj, the choice to move from his hometown of Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia, and undertake his junior doctor internship rotations in Tasmania was a relatively easy one. It was Manoj’s passion for hiking and the outdoors that inspired him to apply for a 13-week internship placement at Ochre Medical Centre King Island.

“Since I arrived in Tasmania, I’ve heard so much about King Island, and so I was excited to hear that Ochre Health were offering it as a destination,” he said. “I was after the exposure, and I believe this practice location offers me the best opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a remote community.”

Graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery MBBS (Hons) from Monash University Malaysia in 2017, Manoj is interested in pursuing a career in surgery, but says he wants to get a feel for emergency general practice first.

“When it comes to combining rural townships and emergency general practice, I feel this program will expose me to a variety of cases. It will require me to use my clinical judgment to know what can be handled in a GP setting and what needs to be referred to a bigger city, like Burnie or Launceston. This opportunity to learn how to practice medicine with limited resources will ultimately afford me a greater breadth of experience.”


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