Ochre Medical Centre Wollongong

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.
Bookings
If you are unable to find an appointment for your preferred doctor online, please call us for more options.
After Hours
Please call the Radio Doctor Illawarra Service on 02 4228 5522.  If in an emergency, call triple zero – 000.

 

Improving the health of our communities.

Local Family GP Doctor

Ochre Medical Centre Wollongong!

Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Level 1, 51 Crown Street
Wollongong, NSW

Call: (02) 4276 7000

 

Ochre Medical Centre Wollongong
Ochre Medical Centre was purpose built to provide up-to-date facilities required for the provision of comprehensive medical care for the community. Featuring 17 spacious consulting rooms boasting natural light, three-bed treatment room, and a dedicated procedure room.

About Ochre Medical Centre Wollongong
Ochre is proud to have five local experienced General Practitioners within the team who’ll see patients over a 15-minute consultation. Supporting our doctors, is a team of medial professionals including registered nurses, allied health and administration staff.  Located on the corner of Crown Street and Corrimal Street in the CBD and within 500m of Wollongong’s waterfront and recreational parks. The area is serviced by multiple transport networks and all forms of CBD retail convenience.  Click here for a map of car parking options around the medical centre.

Our Services
General Family Medical Care
Childhood Vaccinations
Women’s Health
Children’s Health Check
Men’s Health
Antenatal Care
Mental Health
Development of care plans for chronic or complex issues
Workers Compensation
Aged Care
Facility Visits
Travel Advice & Vaccinations
Preventative Health

Bookings – New patients and walk-ins welcome.
Online bookings are available or download the app for Apple iPhone & iPad or Google Android to make appointments on the go. If you are unable to find an appointment for your preferred doctor online, please call us for more options.

Billing Type
Ochre Health is a mixed billing practice. Bulk billing is available for pensioners (over 65 years of age) and children under 16 years. 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.

After Hours
Please call the Radio Doctor Illawarra Service on 02 4228 5522.
If in an emergency, call triple zero – 000.

Dr Cathy Allen – Medical Coordinator / General Practitioner
MBBS, FRACGP, Senior Clinical Lecturer UOW, Diploma Family Planning, Grad. Cert Medical Education

Dr Allen joined the medical centre on day one of opening and in her role as the Medical Coordinator, she is responsible for leading the clinical team and establishing the medical centre as the number one practice in Wollongong. She is a highly respected supervisor and mentor and is actively involved in GP registrar training and assessment via her involvement with RACGP. Dr Allen also teaches and mentors medical students through the Graduate School of Medicine programme at UOW.

Specialty Interest Areas: Dr Allens interests include obstetrics and gynaecology (including shared care obstetrics), Paediatrics, Women’s Health, Minor Procedures, including Contraceptive Implants and Removal, Skin Biopsy/ Minor Excisions. Other interests include Mental Health, Geriatric and Travel Medicine (Yellow Fever certified provider).

Dr Allen will be working Mon, Tues and Weds.

Dr Gloria Marchioni
MBBS, FRACGP, RACGP Examiner
Dr Gloria Marchioni relocated to Wollongong in 2015, having worked in the Southern Highlands for 13 years.  Fluent in Italian, she has experience in supervising medical registrars and medical students and is an examiner for the Royal College of GPs, as well as the Australian Medical Board.

Specialty Interest Areas: Women’s Health, Aged Care, General Skin Checks and Minor Procedures as well as Musculoskeletal problems.

Dr Marchioni will be working from Tuesday to Friday each week

Dr Jan Hogbin
MBBS, FRACGP, Diploma of Sexual Health – family planning, Senior Clinical Lecturer UOW
Dr Hogbin has worked in Wollongong for more than 15 years and will join the new Ochre Medical Centre in Wollongong from August 2016. Jan has extensive experience in the mentoring of medical students through the Graduate School of Medicine at UoW and participates in the Shared Care Obstetrics programme at Wollongong Hospital.

Specialty Interest Areas: Women’s Health, Paediatrics, Sports Injuries and General Medicine, Minor Procedures such as Skin Biopsies and Contraceptive Implants and Removal.

Dr Hogbin will be working on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays each week

Bhavani Jayabalan – General Practitioner
MBBS, MMed (Family Medicine), FRACGP, FCFP (Singapore)
Dr Jayabalan started practicing medicine in 2006 after graduating from the National University of Singapore with specialty training in Family Medicine with the College of Family Physicians Singapore.  She moved to Wollongong with her family in 2015 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2016. She is passionate about medical education and is a Honorary Clinical Lecturer with the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong.

Bhavani is fluent in English, Tamil and Bahasa Malaysia.

Specialty Interest Areas:  Women and Children’s health (including shared care for pregnant patients), Mental Health and Endocrinological issues like diabetes and thyroid disease.
Dr Jayabalan works Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Dr Marc Wilkinson (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Dr Marc Wilkinson graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Wollongong, in 2012. Prior to completing his medical degree, Dr Wilkinson completed a Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Education. For the past seven years, he has worked in the public and private hospital system in the Illawarra region, including Wollongong Hospital, where he has worked extensively in renal medicine, emergency medicine, as well as completing a term with the Infectious Diseases team.

Speciality interest areas: Chronic Disease Management (including kidney disease) and Chronic Renal Disease

Dr Shab Cook – General Practitioner
Dr Cook graduated from the University of Sydney in 2005, and after completing her internship and residency in the Illawarra region.  She began training in Emergency Medicine before changing to General Practice in 2010.  She has a Masters Degree in public health and has been a GP medical educator since 2016.  Dr Cook enjoys all facets of General Practice but particularly Paediatrics, Women’s and Sexual Health, Emergency Care, and Mental Health. She also has a background in podiatry foot care and enjoys all types of minor procedures.

Speciality interest areas: obstetrics and gynaecology, adolescent and paediatric health and mental health.

Dr Nicole Busch – Registrar
Nicole’s interests include Paeds and Women’s health. During her spare time she enjoys skiing, mountain biking and spending time with her dog.

Dr Ruth Louise Stevenson (MBChB, MRCGP, DFSRH, FRACGP) – General Practitioner
Dr Stevenson graduated from the University of Manchester, UK in 2000. She worked as a medical registrar before travelling with her husband and working in Melbourne in Emergency medicine. Dr Stevenson returned to the UK where she became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and worked in Palliative Care and chronic disease management.

It appears the allure of Australia was too much to resist and Dr Stevenson returned to Australia in 2012 becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner’s and a supervisor for GP registrars.
Dr Stevenson considers herself a true generalist, thriving on the diversity of General Practice and the global and holistic care of all. She has completed an advanced communication skills course, mental health training and a diploma in family and sexual health to name but a few. Dr Stevenson enjoys all minor surgery, skin excisions, toe nail wedge resections, contraceptive implants etc.

A particular recent interest is the role of medicinal cannabis especially in the management of chronic pain, epilepsy, anxiety and behavioural issues. Dr Stevenson is setting up her medicinal marijuana clinic and welcomes all new patients in this exciting new field.

Dr Charlotte Middleton (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Graduating from Flinders University (Adelaide) in 1997, Dr Charlotte Middleton worked mainly in Neonatal, Paediatric and Maternity Health in various hospitals around Australia, before making the transition into General Practice in 2012. Dr Middleton’s extensive training at the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental and other similar colleges, has resulted in a special interest in  Integrative Medicine (a combination of traditional medicine and evidence-based complementary medicine). She is passionate about the use of nutrition, vitamins and supplements to optimise health, (including the use of medicinal cannabis for TGA approved conditions).

Dr Middleton also has a keen interest in the role of technology in healthcare, and is Chief Medical Officer for a digital healthcare company where she works once a week.  A side career in medical education and media has also lead to the creation of a DVD box set on ‘Common Post-Natal Issues’, used by maternity educators Australia-wide and available at drcharlottesweb.com.au.

Specialty areas: Women’s and Children’s health (including antenatal shared care), Autoimmune diseases, Gastrointestinal health, Metabolic disorders, Weight loss, Mental Health, Medicinal Cannabis and Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

Travel Assessment Form

Click here to download the Travel Assessment Form. Please fill in and bring to your GP. Please contact the centre if you have any questions.

Practice Manager 
Tania Terry

Address
Level 1, 51 Crown Street, Wollongong, NSW 2500

Telephone
(02) 4276 7000

Wollongong (“The Gong”) is a vibrant, sunny, seaside city bursting with things to see and do.  The name “Wollongong” is believed to mean “seas of the South” or “sound of the waves” in the local Aboriginal language, referring to NSW’s Southern Coast.  Wollongong is often described as Australia’s ‘most liveable regional city’, with a laidback lifestyle combined with vibrant nightlife. As Australia’s 10th-largest city, Wollongong offers everything that a bigger metropolis does, without the pricetag – or frustrating traffic jams!  

Wollongong (wool-on-gong) is noted for its heavy industry, port activity and fishing.  It also contains the Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere.  The shimmering sands of the seafront offer excellent swimming, surfing and sailing opportunities, but the sky’s the limit if you fancy trying your hand at paragliding or hang-gliding.  

For those that like to keep their feet on the ground, the chance to walk around the sky-piercing Mount Keira is one that should not be passed up – an enticing 6-km trail that sweeps through verdant forest and swathes of unspoiled, rustic farmland. Cycling and fishing are also popular pastimes, and the city is surrounded by crystal clear lakes and winding tracks just for such activities.

You are encouraged to give feedback to the practice.  You may give this feedback verbally or by using the patients comment forms available at reception or by emailing wollongong@ochrehealth.com.au

If you feel it would be more appropriate to lodge your comments outside of the practice, please contact the NSW Health Complaints Commission on 02 9129 7444 or visit the website: www.hccc.nsw.gov.au/complaints

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