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
Sat: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Closed Sundays 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 focusing on teaching medical students and registrars.
In his spare time, Dr van Rensburg 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 gaining her Fellowship of the Australian College of General Practice in 2003. After arriving in Australia in 2000, Dr van Rensburg and her partner initially worked in rural settings, attending emergencies, nursing homes and outreach clinics. They worked in their own practice in Charnwood for 13 years before deciding to join the Ochre team.
In her spare time, Dr van Rensburg enjoys various crafts.
Specialty interest area: Paediatrics, 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 from 1992 to 2003, before going to the UK to work as a GP from 2003 to 2007. She returned to South Africa in 2007 where she worked for International SOS before moving to Australia in 2008 and completing her RACGP Fellowship not long thereafter. Since arriving in Australia, Dr Ras has worked extensively as a GP as well as for both International SOS and the Australia Defence Forces.
In her spare time, Dr Ras and her husband are keen birdwatchers, going far and wide in search of rare species. Keen joggers, they parkruns on Saturdays and participate in the Sydney City to Surf yearly.
Specialty interest areas: Women’s health, preventative health and travel medicine

Dr Chinchu Ann Varghese (MBBS, DCH, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Varghese completed her undergraduate medical training at the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala in India before doing her Medical Resident years at The Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital for 4 years. She then completed her GP Fellowship training at Goulburn and Yass and was a visiting doctor at various nursing homes in the area. She also holds a Diploma in Child Health from Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney. She worked at the Tillyard Drive Medical Practice in Charnwood before joining Ochre.
Specialty interest areas: Women’s health, paediatrics and aged care 

Dr Abraham Thomas (MBBS, DCH, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Thomas did his undergraduate medical training in India before working in the UK and then in Emergency Rooms in country Victoria here in Australia. He completed his Medical Resident years at Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital, before gaining Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Thomas has greatly enjoyed his rural GP experience, having worked as a Rural Hospital Visiting Medical Officer in a number of locations across NSW. He has also completed a Diploma in Child Health.
In his spare time, Abraham is a published cartoonist and a sand artist.
Specialty interest areas: Paediatrics, emergency medicine and rural medicine

Dr Damien Bezzina (MBChB, DGM, MRCGP, MHST, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Bezzina obtained his medical degree from the University of Leicester Medical School in the UK. He then completed a Diploma of Geriatric Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians, gained membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners and as also completed training in Dermatology & Skin surgery with the College. In the UK, he practiced as a Specialist Registrar in General & Respiratory Medicine and also as General Practitioner, where he honed his skills in the holistic management of menopause, aged care and paediatrics, as well as gaining extensive experience in Mental Health. After moving to Australia and gaining Fellowship of the Royal Australian College General Practitioners, Dr Bezzina worked at another GP clinic in Canberra. Now part of the Ochre team, he plans to establish Canberra’s first menopause clinic , drawing on his expertise in the area, the strength of the Kippax practice in women’s health and the availability of an on-site physio and dietician.
Specialty interest areas: Paediatrics, mental health, skin work and menopause

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

Nutrition First – Accredited Dietitians
Mrs. Lakshika Dadigamuwage

Consulting Fortnightly on Tuesdays – 11:00am to 4:00pm

Ask reception for more information.

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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