Ochre Medical Centre Cooma


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Improving the health of our communities.

Local Family GP Doctor

Ochre Medical Centre Cooma

Monday to Friday
8.30am to 5.00pm

184 Sharp St, Cooma, NSW 2630

Call: (02) 6455 0000


Ochre Medical Centre Cooma, formerly known as The Sharp Street Surgery, is a rural general practice based in the heart of Cooma, gateway to the Snowy Mountains.

We prides ourselves on the high level of care we provide to the residents of the region. All of our staff, including doctors, nurses and administration personnel, participate in on-going professional development, to ensure delivery of up to date practice methods. Our doctors also work on a roster system at Cooma District Hospital to provide around the clock medical care.

As a teaching practice we have provided training for registrars for more than 30 years. We also have a teaching practice agreement with the Australian National University, providing training for Rural Stream students since 2006. Our doctors regard teaching and training as a vital part of their work, as well as a means of sustaining excellence and passing it on to the next generation of rural doctors.

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Closed Weekends & Public Holidays

After Hours
For after-hours service, please contact National Health Direct on 1800 022 222.
If it is an emergency please call 000.

Billing Type
Ochre Medical Centre Cooma is a mixed billing practice. Bulk billing is available at the discretion of individual doctors. As a general guide, pension card holders are generally bulk billed while health care card holders are eligible for reduced rates. Please ask our friendly reception team for more details. Please also note that we have systems in place to process your Medicare rebate claims on the spot.

Practice Manager
Jenny Dorahy

Narrelle Miners RN – authorised childhood immunisation provider, general practice nurse, available for Care Plans.
Tracey Chong NM – general practice nurse, Diabetes Educator, available for Care Plans and Respiratory Clinic.
Ann Douglas RN – authorised childhood immunisation provider and general practice nurse.
Ann Tame RN – authorised childhood immunisation provider and general practice nurse, available for Care Plans.

Dr Robert Wiles
I joined what was then Sharp Street Surgery in 1991. After previously completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney, I undertook further training in rural NSW. I spent another five years of post-graduate training in England where I gained my Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in London.

One of my interests is in teaching and learning, and I have been very involved with the training of GP registrars since 1993. Since 2006 I have held an appointment as a Senior Lecturer in the ANU Rural Clinical School as well as the Academic Co-ordinator for the Monaro Region.

My other areas of interest in the medical field include Mental Health and Geriatric Medicine.

Dr Brian Tugwell
I joined the practice in 1997, having moved from East Arnhem Land, NT, via Inverell. We soon realised this was the place to be, and have loved raising our family here and being part of the local community. My work has developed since then, pursuing an interest in skin cancer medicine and surgery. I continue to enjoy all aspects of general practice, and work at The Cooma Hospital in Emergency and Anaesthetics. I am the practice GP registrar supervisor, and have enjoyed this role over the last 10 years, trying to sell the Rural Medicine life to GP’s in training.

General Practice to me, is all about trying to help people navigate their way through a complex and potentially treacherous medical system, helping them to make decisions about their healthcare.

Away from work, I breed Dorper sheep, enjoy family bushwalks, and have just done my first (and possibly last) half marathon. I’m also a committed lap swimmer at the Cooma Pool.

Dr David Learoyd
We moved to Cooma to become part of the practice in August 1997. I love being involved in the Cooma and Monaro community, and especially providing Maternity services through my Obstetrics Practice at both the surgery and at Cooma Hospital. For some balance, I also perform vasectomies at the surgery.

I value being able to practice many different aspects of medicine in Cooma and I have special interests in Drug and Alcohol Care as well as Mental Health Issues. I work one day a week at the Cooma Gaol and I am also involved in Anaesthetics and the Emergency Department at the Cooma Hospital, in addition to providing In-Patient Care.

Despite the success of “Dancing With The Cooma Stars” in 2012, I am jealously guarding my beard. Don’t expect it to be going anywhere anytime soon!

Dr Christine Human
I have been in Australia since 2004, inititially in Central Queensland.  I completed my Australian General Practice Fellowship early in 2006, and in 2008 moved from the tropical coast to the Snowy Mountains.

I love the variety of general practice in a small town, and the continuity and scope of care that we can provide in this context.  On the other hand there is the desire to be better in certain fields of medicine.  Ochre Medical Centre Cooma is a big practice, which gives us doctors an opportunity to create our individual type of practice according to interest.  My passion in medicine is leaning towards Internal Medicine, and I have a large practice dealing with diabetes, rheumatology and osteoporosis, as well as cardiac disease and respiratory medicine.

Outside of the practice I have a family of two adult children and two Burmese cats.  Only in Australia can children of an immigrant get the opportunity to study at some of the best universities in the whole world, and  I am grateful that they both embraced the opportunity with open arms.

My other hobbies are running, my favourite distance being the half marathon, and gardening.  I have a flourishing garden of drought and cold resistant plants, which is my pride and joy.  I also love a good read, although sadly often turns out to be medicine!

And of course I love to hang out with all my new Australian friends.  I am privileged to have excellent staff at the surgery, which is like my other family, with all my blood family over the water in distant South Africa.

Dr Sean Truter
After completing my medical and surgical degrees at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, I went on to work at a rural hospital in that country for five years. From there I spent two years at a training hospital where I completed a Diploma in Anaesthetics, spending another 8 months working in the Orthopaedic Department.

Before immigrating to Australia in 2008, I worked for a mining company and was part of a team of ten doctors servicing a community of forty thousand. After arriving in Australia, I completed the Fellowship examination for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Outside of the practice, I am a very keen skier and I also love to surf. I am also a family man, spending as much time as possible the children and supporting their soccer teams.

Dr Effie Parakilas
I graduated from the University of Sydney in 1989 and became a Fellow of the College of General Practice in 1998. Having always had an interest in Women’s Health, I pursued this through a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health through Monash University and a Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health from Family Planning ACT. I now practice in the area of Women’s Health and Sexual Health, offering appointments on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s, as well as a Walk-In Clinic (no appointment needed) on Monday afternoons at 182 Sharp Street, predominantly for contraception and STI screening.

I am married to Brian and we have three beautiful children. Outside of the practice I love family dinners, roaring log fires, tending to our garden, country walks and living on the Monaro.

Dr Dawn Glasgow
I grew up in the UK and trained at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, graduating with MB.BS in 1986.  I passed my GP exams (MRCGP) in 1991 before moving to Australia with my husband, Dr Robert Wiles and son, Tim, then 4 months old.  In 1992 I worked for 6 months in Canberra before achieving registration in NSW and started working at the practice in 1993 after our second child, Amy, was born.  We had 2 more children, Alex in 1995 and Lucy in 1998.  

At present I work part-time, 3 days a week, and have an interest in Mental Health and Counselling, having studied through UNE and graduating with Graduate Diploma in Counselling in 2010.  I am also a FRACGP and FACRRM (Fellow of Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine).  I also have experience in CBT and person-centred therapy and in helping people with depression, anxiety and relationship problems.

Away from work I enjoy singing, music, walking in the bush and cooking, but I am finding the adjustment to cooking for two quite challenging after our youngest child left home!  I also love curling up with a good book.

Dr Sue Rainsford
After graduating from UNSW in 1987, I moved to the Snowy Mountains in 1993 and joined the practice in May 2000. While working as a GP, I completed a Masters in Family Medicine (Monash) in 2013 and was awarded a Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine in 2014. I currently work part-time in Cooma (Palliative Medicine Specialist, and VMO at the Cooma Hospital) as well as part-time Palliative Medicine Staff Specialist at Clare Holland House hospice in Canberra. My interest in rural palliative care has led me to pursue a PhD at ANU, researching end-of-life care in rural settings.

In my spare time I enjoy tending to my Dorper sheep, gardening, cycling and travelling.

Dr Steve Murdoch
I grew up in Canberra, studied nursing at the old Canberra Hospital before moving to Gosford to do midwifery and critical care nursing in preparation for moving to the Northern Territory. I worked in Darwin, then Gove for 9 years before studying Medicine at Flinders in South Australia.  I then moved back to the NT and completed my medical training, working at Royal Darwin Hospital before moving back to Gove to pursue my interest in Aboriginal Health and fishing.  Moving back to Darwin after 2 years, I continued working at RDH in anaesthetics and doing FIFO in remote communities.  I am proud to have worked in a wide range of remote settings including the NT, the Kimberly, Torres Strait, Charleville and Bourke.

My family all now live in Cooma.  My plan is to continue working in Cooma part time and doing locums/fishing in the Kimberly and NT.

Dr Annie Collins
I joined the practice in 2019 having trained mainly around the Southern Eastern NSW region. I’m a Canberra girl originally and despite my many adventures, I always return to this part of the world. I graduated from ANU Medical School in 2009 and did my training mostly at Canberra Hospital and Queanbeyan with one year off in Broken Hill working for the Flying Doctors. I gained my Fellowship with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine with advanced skills in Emergency Medicine and then went on to do the Advanced Diploma of Obstetrics. Now I get to combine my many interests into one fabulous practice – general practice, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology. I am now with the fantastic midwives delivering babies at Cooma Hospital and find it the best job in the world, even when it happens at 4am.

With three children I’m not really sure what this “free time” business is, and my interests include driving my children around to their activities and picking up after everyone. I do like walking my dogs though when I get the chance!

Dr Janis Pitt
I graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from James Cook University in Townsville in 2015. Since then I have been working at various hospitals across Australia, including the Canberra Hospital and Townsville Hospital. I joined the practice as a GP Registrar in 2020, and look forward to working with the Cooma community.

Prior to medicine, I was a cancer & chronic disease researcher for the Canadian Government, as well as a lecturer at two Canadian universities. I have a Master’s degree in knee & hip osteoarthritis, and enjoy working with men, women, and children.

My husband is an officer in the Australian Defence Force, and we have two beautiful children. I look forward to a fulfilling career as a GP in all aspects of general practice

Dr Robert Clark
I graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, in 2013 and went on to complete the 2 year ‘Foundation Program’ in the north of Scotland. I then moved to Singapore working for 12 months in orthopaedic surgery at Changi General Hospital. With much excitement I took up the opportunity to move to Australia back in 2016.  Passionate about rural medicine, I worked for 18 months in the Emergency Department at Wonthaggi Hospital in South Gippsland before moving to Alice Springs, where I worked as a General Practitioner for almost two years.

I love the outdoor lifestyle that Cooma and the surrounding areas have to offer and along with my fiancé Anna very much look forward to exploring the Snowy Mountains during my winter season placement here. I joined Ochre Medical Centre Cooma as a GP in May 2020 and look forward to working for this exciting and forward-thinking clinic group. Currently, I am working towards a Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) and have a special interest in Mental Health.


184 Sharp Street
Cooma  NSW  2630

(02) 6455 0000

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