King Island General Practice, TAS

FOR APPOINTMENTS PLEASE CALL: (03) 6462 0200

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

Address
35 Edward Street
Currie, TAS 7256

Call: (03) 6462 0200

 

Overview
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
Haylie Crofts

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

Address
35 Edward Street
Currie TAS 7256

Phone, Fax & Email
Phone: (03) 6462 0200
Fax: (03) 6462 1923
Email: ohmckingisland@ochrehealth.com.au

Overview

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

Wesley Saunders
Dr Wesley Saunders is no stranger to rural medicine, having grown up in the regional hub of Burnie amidst the farming communities of Tasmania’s North-West.

Wesley’s decision to pursue a medical career was made early thanks to the role model provided by his uncle Bob, a well-loved Burnie GP. As a child, he would tell his family he wanted to be a doctor – just like uncle Bob. A high school interest in science, particularly biology, further cemented his direction towards a profession in a scientific/medical area.

Before embarking on his medical studies, Wesley worked for a time in a pathology lab, testing samples for various markers of disease. Whilst the technical nature of the work appealed to him, he decided that he wanted the privilege of face-to-face contact with the people he was helping, and enrolled in medicine at the University of Tasmania.

During his medical studies, Wesley found himself drawn to General Practice, Emergency Medicine and General Surgery – but appreciates Rural Medicine for its integration of skills from all three as well as other areas of specialty.

“The scope of rural medicine is very broad, and I like the variation. The people you meet are, in my experience, very friendly and down to earth with a good sense of humour. I like the hands on nature of rural medicine – it gives you a chance to use your practical skills. You never know what types of medical problems you will be faced with – there are surprises on a daily basis!”

Wesley is among the latest 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 King Island, in the Bass Strait. No stranger to the island, Wesley is looking forward to his return.

“I love living in the North West of Tas, which is great for me as you can’t go any further North or West than King Island! I have been to the island twice now, first as a surfing holiday and secondly as a medical student. The beaches are beautiful and rugged just like home.”

In his spare time, Wesley is never far from the ocean, and enjoys fishing, beach walks, and catching up with friends. An avid surfer, he’s looking forward to spending some time exploring the well-known (and less known) surf spots scattered along the coast, as well as visiting a few old haunts.

“I like the surfing, fishing and the epic parma nights at the club. The people on the island are fantastic and I have made a couple of friends here and there. I tried my hand at football last time, which I enjoyed, but wouldn’t say I was particularly useful to the Currie Football club.”

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