Ochre Medical Centre Parkes, NSW


COVID-19 Alert
To keep everybody safe, masks or face-coverings are now required in our practice – please bring your own if you have one. If you have any cold or flu symptoms, you must book a telehealth (phone or video) appointment rather than an in-person appointment. This can be done online or over the phone. During your consultation, your doctor will assess whether you need COVID-19 testing. Thank you for your support and apologies for any inconvenience.
Our practice is open for in-person and telehealth consultations
Telehealth (phone or video) appointments can be booked online or over the phone, while in-person appointments can only be made over the phone. Medicare support is available for both options.

Improving the health of our communities.


Ochre Medical Centre Parkes

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday
8.30am to 5.30pm

335 Clarinda Street
Parkes NSW 2870

Call: (02) 6862 2511


Formerly the Clarinda Street Medical Centre, the practice has been in operation for more then 50 yrs. The doctors provide primary healthcare for a wide range of medical problems including general practice consultations, minor surgery (skin cancers etc.), sports injuries, obstetric, WorkCover, diabetic, pre-anaesthetic checks, pre-employment medicals, counselling & mental health. Our nursing team are available for immunisations, vaccinations, BP monitoring, INR monitoring, ECG’s, health assessments & diabetes management, all supervised by the doctors.

Hours of operation
Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm

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.

There are 4 Registered Nurses and 1 Enrolled Nurse working at Ochre Health Medical Centre Parkes.
Services provided by the Nursing team: immunisations, vaccinations, BP monitoring, INR monitoring, ECG’s, health assessments & diabetes management, all supervised by the doctors.

Onsite & Visiting Allied Health Services
Hearing Specialist
Pain Specialist
Sleep Specialist


Dr David Harwood (MBBS, FACRRM) – General Practitioner/Obstetrics/VMO
Dr Harwood arrived in Parkes in February 1991 to continue his career as a General Practitioner with his wife, fellow GP Dr Christina Carroll and their 3 children.
Dr Harwood has worked as a rural GP throughout Australia. Working as Relieving Medical Officer at Royal Brisbane Hospital; Medical Officer at Kingaroy, Mount Isa and Gladstone District Hospitals;  Procedural GP at Tewantin in Noosa Headlands and Norfolk Island Hospital and Medical Officer (Procedural), Superintendent & Rural RFDS Coordinator for Derby Regional Hospital, W.A., before returning to rural Procedural Generalist practice in Parkes.
Dr Harwood is keenly involved in the ongoing education of GP registrars and medical students.
Specialty interest areas: General Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Minor Surgery and Mental Health.

Dr Stephen Morris (MBBS, MMED(Skin Cancer), FRCSEd, FACRRM) – General Practitioner/Obstetrics
Dr Stephen Morris has had over 29 years experience in rural and remote medicine. After graduation from UNSW in 1975, Stephen had several years training in teaching hospitals in Sydney and the UK and was awarded a fellowship (College of Surgeons Edinburgh) in general surgery in 1985. Obstetrics and gynaecology training in the UK followed.
Stephen obtained a fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine in 1998. He has over 20 years experience in skin cancer surgery and has a Masters in Medicine in Skin Cancer from the University of Qld (2011). He regularly performs skin cancer surgery including skin flaps and grafts and general surgery procedures such as hernia repair, gastroscopies, carpal tunnel decompressions and caesarean sections.
Stephen was recently awarded the ‘Peter Graham Award’ for services to the community of Parkes for the procedural services of obstetrics and general surgery including skin cancer surgery.
Specialty interest areas: Skin Cancer Surgery, General Surgery and Obstetrics.

Dr Christina Carroll (MBBS,FACRRM) – General Practitioner
Dr Chris graduated in medicine from the University of Queensland in 1977. She has worked within the hospital system in Queensland and Western Australia and has broad experience in Rural General Practice.
She has a longstanding interest in psychological medicine and musculoskeletal medicine/acupuncture and has completed postgraduate studies in these fields.

Dr Usman Cheema – General Practitioner/VMO
Dr Cheema graduated medicine in Russia in 2004. Since moving to Australia, he has worked on the Gold Coast, Sydney and now in Parkes.

Dr Kerrie Stewart (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Dr Stewart completed her MBBS at UNSW in Sydney. Prior to commencing at Parkes in 2014, she worked extensively throughout Australia and Canada. She is currently working part-time whilst raising a young family. Kerrie enjoys spending time outdoors and travelling.
Specialty interest areas: Preventative and Lifestyle Health.

Dr Lolitha Basnayake (MBBS, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Basnayake graduated in 2009 in Sri Lanka, which was then followed by 7 years of years of experience in General Practice, Emergency, Paediatrics, Anaesthesia, ICU and Surgery. Lolitha then did his Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Medicine and MD Anaesthesiology part IA. Dr Basnayake enjoys water sports, four wheeling and traveling.
Specialty interest areas: Emergency, Paediatrics, Surgery and Anaesthetics

Dr Neeraj Uprety (MBBS, DCH) – General Practitioner Registrar
Dr Uprety completed his medical degree in Kathmandu, Nepal, before completing a Masters in Health Service Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. After this, he went on to work as both a resident and a registrar in Campbelltown Public Hospital NSW for a number of years, and additionally worked as an after-hours GP in several NSW locations. He has recently completed a Diploma in Child Health, and looks forward to pursuing a career in General Practice at Parkes. In his spare time, Neeraj enjoys playing Tennis, travelling, and music.
Specialty interest areas: General Medicine and Travel medicine

Dr Magage Fernando – General Practitioner
Dr Magage Fernando’s bio will be coming soon

Dr Uri Harrington (JCCA) – General Practitioner Registrar
Uri started a career in healthcare as a physiotherapist in Perth WA, working in many different fields such as neuro-rehab, musculoskeletal medicine and later intensive care medicine at Fremantle Hospital. After graduating from medicine, he completed an internship at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. He later moved to the Central Coast NSW to gain experience in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics, ENT and Anaesthetics. This ultimately led to him going down the path of GP/Anaesthetics, moving once again to Newcastle where he worked at John Hunter Hospital, Belmont Hospital and Stockton to gain valuable experience in Anaesthetics. He then moved to Parkes, were he hopes to complete his training in Rural General Practice.
In his spare time, Uri enjoys spending time hiking, traveling, cooking, camping.
Specialty interest areas: Anaesthetics, Rural General Practice

Dr Synthia Rahman (MBBS, Dip Child Health) – General Practitioner
Dr Rahman completed her MBBS in 2013 as an undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University. Her internship and residency were both completed at Westmead Hospital, with rotations through Auburn Hospital, Orange Base Hospital and Children’s Hospital Westmead in areas of general surgery, emergency and paediatrics respectively. Dr Rahman began General practice training in 2016 working in Wagga Wagga, most notedly at Peter Street medical centre prior to transferring to the Orange region. In her spare time, Synthia enjoys photography, running, and watercolour painting.
Specialty interest areas: Paediatrics, women’s health, preventative health, aged care

Dr Viraj Liyanage – General Practitioner
Dr Viraj Liyanage completed his medical degree in Sri Lanka in 2009, and after a short career working in Sri Lanka relocated to Australia to pursue general practice medicine. Prior to joining Ochre, Viraj worked at Bankstown Hospital where he was recognised for his outstanding services in ED.His special interests are Emergency medicine, Anaesthetics, Rural medicine and Paediatrics. In his spare time, Viraj enjoys singing and travelling. He also has a special interest in cricket.
Specialty interest areas: Emergency medicine, Anaesthetics, Rural medicine and Paediatrics

Dr Catherine Asquith (MBBS, DCH, JCCA) – General Practitioner Registrar
Dr Asquith studied Medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating in 2008. Before starting in General Practice. she worked in the fields of Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Paediatric Surgery and General Surgery. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys cycling, cooking and travel.
Specialty interest areas: Anaesthetics, Paediatrics, Aboriginal Health, Minor Procedures

335 Clarinda Street
Parkes NSW 2870

(02) 6862 2511
(02) 6862 5725

E. ohmcparkes@ochrehealth.com.au

Parkes is a town in New South Wales, Australia. It is the main settlement in the local government area of Parkes Shire. At the 2011 census, Parkes had a population of 10,026. With the presence of the nearby Parkes Observatory, Parkes has had an important role in the scientific community. In addition to local research conducted at the radio telescope, Parkes scientists have assisted NASA for several missions as a Southern Hemisphere relay and communications station. (The movie “The Dish” was based somewhat loosely on the role the telescope played during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.)

A rich variety of farming is conducted in the region immediately surrounding Parkes, although the staple farming products are wheat and wool. Parkes prides itself on its modernising ideology, historically and culturally. “The Dish”, although set in Parkes, was largely filmed in Forbes’ historic precinct. This is due to very few historic buildings remaining in Parkes. Parkes is also home to the Parkes Spacemen rugby league club.

The area is supported by a gold and copper mine, Northparkes, 27km north-north-west of the town.


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