Ochre Health Medical Centre Sippy Downs, QLD


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. Alternatively, you are welcome to make an in-person appointment at our Respiratory Clinic to be assessed and tested for COVID-19. Bookings for the Respiratory Clinic can be made by selecting the button below or calling the Clinic on 07 5480 6010. Respiratory Clinic assessments and any testing (if needed) are free of charge and you do not need a referral from your GP.
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.

Local Family GP Doctor

Ochre Medical Centre Sippy Downs

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri: 7.00am to 7.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 1.00pm
Closed Sundays and public holidays

9 Ochre Way
Cnr Sippy Downs Drive & Power Road

Sippy Downs, QLD 4556

Call: (07) 5373 0700Superclinic logo


Located just off the Sunshine Motorway in close proximity to the University of the Sunshine Coast, Ochre Medical Centre Sippy Downs boasts ample off street parking, with pathology and a pharmacy conveniently located in the same building, and childcare services next door to the practice. The practice offers a wide range of allied health services within the clinic, supported by Chronic Disease Management trained Nurses.

On-site services
Audiometry Services
Exercise Physiologist
Occupational Therapy
Wound Clinic
X-Ray facilities
Yoga and Pilates

Practice Manager
Lisa Weatherley

Registered Nurses
Seven Registered Nurses
Services provided by the Registered Nurses are: Chronic Disease Management and Health Assessments, Immunisations, Wound dressings, Ear Syringing, Removal of Sutures and any other services that the Doctors request.

Dr Alison O’Connor (FRACGP / MRCGP) – Medical Coordinator and General Practitioner
Dr O’Connor qualified as a Doctor at Liverpool University Medical School (UK) in 1990. She spent most of her career as a GP in London, and brings 20 years of UK based general practice experience with her to the Sunshine Coast. Having left an established GP partnership in UK, she is now enjoying a GP role within Ochre Health delivering high quality health care to the community of the Sunshine Coast. She teaches and examines medical students on the GP rotation for Griffith Medical School, as well as being a Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at University of Queensland and Griffiths University medical schools. Dr O’Connor enjoys establishing long-term relationships with her patients.
Having emigrated from the UK in 2014, Alison lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast with her husband and two children.
Specialty interest areas: Women’s Health and teaching junior doctors
Dr O’Connor is available for appointments 8am-4pm Mondays & Tuesdays, 8am-5pm Wednesdays and 8am-2pm Fridays.

Dr Marc Daniels (MBChB) – General Practitioner
Dr Daniels is an experienced GP who studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He gained diplomas in Anaesthetics and Aviation Medicine, and is qualified in Acupuncture and Hypnotherapy.
Specialty interest areas: Family Medicine, Acupuncture, Skin Checks, Pre-travel Advice, Sports Medicine, Minor surgery, Diving medicals, Driving medicals, Coal Board Medicals, Weight Loss, Stress Management, Counselling, Phobias, Chronic Pain, PTSD, Hypnotherapy
Dr Daniels is available for appointments 8am-6pm Monday to Thursday and every second Friday.

Dr Marlene Pearce (FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Pearce trained locally at the University of QLD. She trained as a GP in country Victoria, where she gained further training in Rural Health, Aboriginal Health and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. She moved back to the Sunshine Coast with her husband.
Specialty interest areas: Family Medicine, Sexual Health & Family Planning, Pregnancy Care, Dermatology and Preventative Health
Dr Pearce is available for appointments Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

Dr Bernard Spilsbury (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Dr Spilsbury is an experienced GP who enjoys all areas of General Practice. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1978. He has a keen interest in racing medicine, and works part-time surgical assisting at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital.
Specialty interest areas: Racing Medicine
Dr Spilsbury is available for appointments 9am-12.30pm Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

Dr Corinne Aveline (FRACGP, MD) – General Practitioner
Corinne is now joining the team in Sippy Downs. After graduating from the Medical School of Nantes, France in 1989, Corinne worked as a GP in France until 2004. Corinne moved to Australia in 2007 where she worked as a GP and seeing patients in relation to women’s health, mental health, babies and children and the elderly. In her spare time, Corinne enjoys gardening, flying and travelling.

Dr John O’Connor (MB, Bah, BAO, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr O’Connor graduated from the University College Cork in Ireland in 2006. He worked for several years in hospital medicine, initially at Cork University Hospital and then at Nambour General Hospital after moving to Australia. Prior to joining Ochre Health, he also spent two years in the Northern Territory.
Away from the practice, Dr O’Connor enjoys travelling, cycling, walking and hiking.
Specialty interest areas: Internal Medicine and Dermatology

Dr Andrew Lott (FRACP, FRNZCGP, FRNZCUC, MbCHb) – General Practitioner
Dr Andrew Lott did his Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from University of Auckland in 2009. He then obtained his Fellowship in General Practice from Royal New Zealand College in 2015, followed by his Fellowship of Urgent Care in 2016. He also has a Diploma in Paediatrics, obtained in 2011 from University from Auckland. Dr Lott initially worked at Rotorua Hospital from 2009 to 2012 and then moved to Warkworth Medical Centre in 2012. Later on, he worked at Apollo Medical Centre, New Zealand from 2013 to 2017. Andrew enjoys mountain biking and surfing.
Specialty Interests: Emergency Medicine and Paediatrics

Dr Peter Kirkham (MBBS, FRACGP, DCH, DRCOG) – General Practitioner
Dr Kirkham has over 2 decades’ experience working as a general practitioner, with the last 5 years spent working in rural Australia. In his spare time, Peter enjoys windsurfing, travel, and beach walks with his labrador.
Specialty interest areas: Dermatology and all aspects of General Practice

Dr Sam Klaer (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Sam completed his medical degree in 2014 with the University of Queensland, where he spent time rurally including in Bundaberg and Toowoomba. Since graduating, he has been working in the public hospital system on the Sunshine Coast. Most recently, he spent 12 months working as a paediatric registrar at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, gaining additional experience caring for and treating children and newborn babies. In his spare time, Sam enjoys soccer, cricket, scuba diving and cooking.
Specialty interest areas: Paediatrics and Child Health (including newborns) as well as all areas of General Practice

Dr Samuel Borzi (MBBS, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Samuel Borzi graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Queensland, in 2014. He has since worked in multiple clinical roles throughout hospitals in Brisbane, including at Logan Hospital and Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital. After completing various internships with General Practice Training Queensland (GPTQ), with placements at Murrumba Downs and Albany Creek, Dr Borzi relocated to the Sunshine Coast to pursue a career in general practice. He joins Ochre Medical Centre Sippy Downs as a FRACGP graduate, looking to further pursue his interests in paediatrics, men’s health and procedural medicine. When not at work Dr Borzi enjoys fishing, surfing and spending time with his young family.
Specialty interest areas: Paediatrics, Men’s Health and Procedural Medicine 

Dr Elizabeth Reid (BscPT, MBBS, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Hailing from Canada, Dr Elizabeth Reid started her career as a physiotherapist, practicing throughout Canada, the United States and Qatar. She specialised in musculoskeletal tissue and injuries. After she moved to Australia, she pursued her childhood dream to be a doctor and undertook her medical studies at the University of Queensland. Graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 2012, she has since worked at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane’s northside, Caboolture Hospital in Caboolture, Queensland, as well as various GP practices in North Brisbane and Moreton Bay. During her free time, Dr Reid would take any chance she gets to spend time outside – enjoying anything from walking her dog to hiking to kayaking.
Specialty interest areas: All areas of General Practice, Women’s Health and Paediatrics

Dr Colin Rigg (BMedSci, MBBS) – General Practitioner
Originally from the UK, Dr Colin Rigg graduated from Nottingham University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) and a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). He moved to Australia in 1992 for his sabbatical before accepting a job in general practice in the UK. However, he quickly discovered that he loved Australia so much and decided to stay here. Prior to relocating to the Sunshine Coast, Dr Rigg travelled around Australia and worked in various diverse medical locations, from Adelaide, to the Hunter Valley, to Airlie Beach. He is thrilled to be working at Ochre Health’s expansive Sippy Downs practice and is looking forward to establishing long-term relationships with his patients, as well as looking after a diverse range of patient presentations. During his spare time, Dr Rigg enjoys golfing, photography, and boating.
Specialty interest areas: Men’s Health

Dr Anthony Vogelpoel (MBBS, BMedSci) – General Practitioner
Dr Anthony Vogelpoel has a varied career history with over thirty years of medical experience, including fifteen years of established partnerships in Far North Queensland, general practice work in the West Midlands (UK), emergency medicine in North London, and most recently as Clinical Director for an Aboriginal Controlled Health Service in Western Queensland.

For the 5 years prior to commencing with Ochre, Dr Vogelpoel worked with remote communities based in regional Arnhem Land, Cape York, and North West Queensland.  In his spare time, Dr Vogelpoel loves outdoor adventures on his jet-ski, 4wd treks, AFL, cricket and live music.
Specialty interest areas: Mental Health, Dive Medicine, Rural and Remote Medicine

Billing Information
The clinic is a mixture of both private and bulk-billing.  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.

Standard Consult: $90.00
Long Consult: $130.00

Private billing at other times, with concessional rate available for students and other patients.
Standard consult: $85.00
Long Consult: $120.00
Indicative out of pocket cost for concession rate: $20.00

Bulk Billing is available on weekdays 8am – 5pm for Pension Card Holders, Health Care Card Holders, Children under 16 years of age. (Also for full time students booking between 11am and 1pm.  Must have valid student ID)

Dr Alison O’Connor and Dr Marlene Pearce privately bill all new patients for their first consultation.

For any billing related enquiries, please ask at reception.

9 Ochre Way
Cnr Sippy Downs Drive & Power Road
Sippy Downs QLD 4556

(07) 5373 0700

Sippy Downs is a suburb of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, and is part of the Buderim urban centre. It contains the locality of Chancellor Park, and Australia’s newest university, the University of the Sunshine Coast.

The name ‘Sippy’ is derived from the Aboriginal word Dhippi or Jippi, a generic name for ‘winged creatures’ and believed to be ‘a place of birds.’

Sippy Downs was a part of the Moolooloo Plains pastoral run leased by John Westaway & Sons in the 1860s. In 1870 all runs ceased, and the land became available for lease. It was not occupied until 1938, when it was occupied as a perpetual lease selection until 1957.[2] Sippy downs was then purchased by Alfred Grant. A portion was then sold onto Frank Cunning who raised cattle there until it was sold to the INVESTA property group in 2002. Brahman cattle were still on the property at is was being surveyed for the housing development.

Sippy Downs was established as a suburb in 1993 following the decision by the Shire of Maroochy to rezone the area. This cleared the way for the creation of the University of the Sunshine Coast which opened on 26 February 1996 with 542 students.

Sippy Downs is home to schools Siena Catholic College, Chancellor State College and a Montessori College.

Sippy Downs has been designated as a ‘Knowledge Hub’ in the Queensland Government’s South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program and is master planned as Australia’s first university town with the potential for over 6,000 workers in knowledge based businesses.


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