Ochre Medical Centre Kippax, ACT


Ochre Medical Centre Kippax

Improving the health of our communities.

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Ochre Medical Centre Kippax

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri: 8.00am to 5.30pm

Closed weekends and public holidays

76-80 Hardwick Crescent,
Holt ACT 2615

Call: (02) 6259 7216

This is a brand new medical centre developed from the complete refurbishment of the old Magpies Football Club next to Kippax Fair Shopping Centre. It features a fresh, modern design and offers the community of Belconnen excellent GPs and nurses as well as the latest equipment and facilities. It has a spacious, patient-friendly waiting area with electronic charging stations, a self-service check-in kiosk, interactive Storytime Pods for the kids and plenty of light and greenery. The centre is also co-located with a range of healthcare services including podiatry and physiotherapy.

Skin Cancer
A strong focus of the medical centre is the detection and management of skin cancer. Lead practitioner Dr Thinus van Rensburg is accredited by the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and a participant in the Canberra Melanoma Unit. Dr van Rensburg has treated over 2,500 skin cancers since 2006.

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. CALMS in an accredited deputising medical service run by Canberra GPs (including your doctor) to provide quality AH cover all over Canberra with adequate feedback to your doctor.

Billing Type
Ochre Health is a mixed billing practice. 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
Tamara King


Dr Thinus van Rensburg (BSc, MBChB, FRACGP, FACRRM, AFHEA, Cert Skin Cancer) – General Practitioner/Clinical Coordinator
Qualified in South Africa, Dr van Rensburg worked there as a GP for some years after graduating before working for two years in Mozambique. He settled in Australia in 2000 and worked in remote South Australia as a GP Obstetrician for a few years, before moving to Wagga Wagga and then on to Canberra. Dr van Rensburg then ran his own GP clinic from 2006-2018, with a strong emphasis on skin cancer medicine and minor procedures. He continues that practice with Ochre as well as taking a strong interest in teaching medical students and registrars.
In his spare time, Thinus enjoys woodwork, medical computing and martial arts.
Specialty interest area: Skin cancer screening and minor procedures.

Dr Riana Janse van Rensburg (MBChB, FRACGP, AFHEA) – General Practitioner
Dr van Rensburg completed her initial qualification at the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1995, before going on to complete her fellowship of the Australian College of General Practice in 2003. Upon commencing work in Australia Dr van Rensburg and her partner initially worked in rural settings, attending emergencies, nursing homes and outreach clinics. More recently, they have been working in their own practice in Charnwood before deciding to close their doors after 13 years and join the Ochre team.
In her spare time, Dr van Rensburg enjoys various crafts.
Specialty interest area: Paediatrics, geriatrics and women’s health.

Dr Kotie Ras (MBChB), FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Born in South Africa, Dr Ras completed her studies at University of Pretoria, South Africa. She worked in the SANDF as uniform member 1992 -2003, before going to the UK to work as a GP from 2003 – 2007. Her and her husband returned to South Africa in 2007, where she worked for International SOS. They arrived in 2008 in Australia and she completed her RACGP Fellowship not long thereafter. Since arriving in Australia Dr Ras has worked extensively as a GP as well as working for ADF recruitment  International SOS.  In her spare time, Kotie and her husband are keen birdwatchers, and will go far and wide in search of a bird. Keen joggers both, they run parkrun on Saturdays and participate in City to Surf yearly.
Specialty interest areas: women’s health, preventative health, travel medicine

Dr Chinchu Ann Varghese (MBBS, DCH, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Chinchu Ann Varghese has done her undergraduate Medical training at the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala, India and did her Medical Resident years at The Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital for 4 years. She has completed her GP Fellowship training at Goulburn and Yass and was a visiting doctor at Goulburn and Yass Nursing Homes. She also has a Diploma in Child Health from Westmead Children’s Hospital,Sydney. She has been working at Tillyard Drive Medical Practice, Charnwood before joining Ochre. She is settled in Canberra with her family.
Specialty interest areas: Female Health, Paediatrics and Aged Care 

Dr Abraham Thomas (MBBS, DCH, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr. Abraham Thomas did his Undergraduate medical training in India. He went on to gain extensive work experience in the UK, and has worked in Emergency rooms in Victoria. He completed his Medical Resident years at Canberra Hospital & Calvary Hospital, before embarking on and completing his Fellowship training with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Thomas enjoys work as a rural GP, and has worked as a Rural Hospital Visiting Medical Officer in a number of locations within NSW. He has also completed a Diploma in Child Health. Outside of medicine, Abraham is a published cartoonist and a sand artist.
Specialty interest areas: Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Rural Medicine

Dr. Thomas is available on Monday & Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

Dr Damien Bezzina (MBChB, DGM, MRCGP, MHST, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Bezzina commenced his work at Ochre Kippax as a registered General Practitioner in 2019, following extensive work experience and training at in the United Kingdom and Australia. Prior to joining Ochre Kippax, Dr Bezzina practiced at a GP clinic in Canberra. In the UK he practiced as a Specialist Registrar in General & Respiratory Medicine, and then as General Practitioner, where he honed his skills in the holistic management of Menopause, Aged Care and Paediatrics. In addition to this he has extensive experience in Mental Health. Dr Bezzina obtained his medical degree from the University of Leicester Medical School in the UK. He also obtained a Diploma of Geriatric Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians, UK, Membership Royal College of General Practitioners, UK and underwent training for Dermatology & Skin surgery at the Royal College of General Practitioners, UK. He also holds Fellowship from the Royal Australian College General Practitioners.
Specialty interest areas: Menopause, aged care, mental health

Laverty Pathology
Laverty Pathology is a leading provider of pathology and medical diagnostic services to doctors, specialists and hospitals. We also provide medical diagnostic services to commercial and government organisation across Australia and internationally.

Phone: 02 6225 4045

Monday to Friday – 7:30am to 12:30pm & 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Your Happy Feet Podiatry
When it comes to looking after your health and well being, it’s easy to neglect your feet. But given you could walk well over 100,000 km in your lifetime, healthy feet are an essential measure of your overall health. Foot pain and lower leg complications can have an enormous bearing on your quality of life. If they occur, Your Happy Feet can help minimise discomfort and apply best practice treatment to get your feet back to feeling healthy, which will make you and your feet happy.

Phone: 02 6133 9654

Monday to Friday – 7:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday – 7:00am to 11:00am

76-80 Hardwick Crescent,
Holt ACT 2615.

Phone: (02) 6259 7216
Fax:  (02) 6147 0022


Due to its status as Australia’s capital city, Canberra boasts a number of nationally and culturally significant monuments and institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery,  Australian Institute of Sport, the University of Canberra, the Royal Australian Mint, the National GalleryParliament House, and the Australian War Memorial.

Located to Canberra’s North-West, the suburb of Holt (in the Belconnen district) was gazetted in 1970. Named for Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt after his mysterious disappearance, the suburb is a modern, tree lined area with great access to public transport and modern conveniences. The focal point of the community is the Kippax Centre, a major shopping complex servicing the larger Belconnen area with cafes, restaurants, supermarkets and department stores.

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