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Ochre Medical Centre King Island
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.
For after hours please call the King Island Hospital on 03 6462 9900. If it is an emergency please call ‘000’.
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.
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
Malaysian born King Island intern Dong Cheah has taken the road less travelled on his pathway to medical practice.
Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia, after finishing college Dong took a break from study. During this time he worked in a number of different jobs, and travelled extensively whilst he contemplated which direction his future career would take.
“It was a process of elimination, I couldn’t see myself in other fields” he says of the time. Not long thereafter, he decided to enrol in Medicine in Malaysia.
After several years of study, Dong made the move to Tasmania’s North-West, resuming his medical studies at the University of Tasmania’s Cradle Coast Campus in Burnie before completing his final year in Hobart.
Dong’s studies have led him to develop a strong interest in a number of different medical specialties, including General Practice, Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care, a suite of interests which lend themselves to a career in Rural Medicine.
“I enjoy the challenges of having to manage patients without adequate resources. Also I enjoy having the atmosphere of a close-knit community.”
Dong is among the third intake of medical interns participating in Ochre Health’s government-funded community internship program in Tasmania. The 13 week placement will have him spending several months living and working on Tasmania’s King Island, a prospect which Dong looks forward to with relish. A fitness enthusiast who enjoys running, cycling, swimming, bushwalking, and basketball just to name a few, he’s looking forward to enjoying the active lifestyle afforded by island living.
“I have never been to King Island before, but from what I’ve heard, it’s a small community with heaps of fantastic cheese! I am looking forward to working with the staff to provide services to the local community.”