Ochre Medical Centre Flinders Island, TAS


COVID-19 Alert
If you have cold or flu symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fever, muscle aches, chills or nausea, 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.
Flu Shots
Flu shots are now available. Call the centre for more information.

Improving the health of our communities.

Local Family GP Doctor

Ochre Medical Centre Flinders Island

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday
9.00am to 5.00pm
Closed weekends and public holidays

4 James Street
Whitemark TAS 7255

Call: (03) 6359 2011

Located in Whitemark, Ochre Medical Centre Flinders Island is the sole medical practice on the island. The practice takes pride in providing excellent medical care to the 800 strong population of the island as well as its visitors.

Hours of Operation
Mon – Fri: 9.00am to 5.00pm

After hours
For after hours please call 1800 022 222. If it is an emergency please call ‘000’.

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.

Practice Manager
Kara Hallas

Registered Nurses
Registered nurses are on site to assist with medical services.

List of visiting and on-site allied health and pathology services
A range of allied health providers visit Flinders Island on a regular basis. For more information please speak with reception.

Dr Lynne Davies (MBBCH, MRCGP) – General Practitioner / VMO
Dr Lynne Davies graduated in the UK and has extensive experience in General Practice and Emergency Medicine within rural and remote settings across Australia. Lynne is actively involved in National Programs that support GPs in providing quality care as well as teaching junior doctors. In the past, Lynne has worked at a number of Ochre Medical Centres and will now be working at Ochre Medical Centre, Flinders Island on permanent basis.
Specialty interest areas: Preventative health, Chronic disease management, Aboriginal health and Emergency Medicine
Dr Davies will be working two weeks of every month, on rotation.

Dr Ian Hoyle (MBBS, Dip. IMCRCS, Dip. P. Derm, FACRRM, FRACGP) – General Practitioner / VMO
Graduating from London University in 1986, Dr Hoyle emigrated to Australia in 1992. Working in Tasmania for over 2 decades, Dr Hoyle enjoys all aspects of rural life. In his spare time, Ian enjoys fishing, mountain biking, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Specialty interest areas: acute medicine, dermatology, skin cancer surgery

Dr Alex John (MBBS, MRCS, MRCGP, FRACGP) – General Practitioner/VMO
Dr Alex John completed his medical studies at University College London (UCL), where he graduated with both a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2002. After graduating, Alex embarked on a diverse medical career in the UK and Australia that, over the past 18 years, has involved studying and working in heart surgery, dermatology, plastic surgery, contraception, STDs, emergency medicine, trauma and many more medical specialities. This extensive experience has led him to become qualified as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), as well as a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK) and a Member of The Royal College of Surgeons (UK). After arriving in Australia in 2008, Alex and his wife, Jenny, were drawn to the lifestyle that ‘island’ medicine has to offer, leading him to become the principle GP on several remote islands, including King Island (2009-10), Kalbarri WA (2010-11), Flinders Island and Cape Barren Island (2011-2017), and Norfolk Island (2017-2019). Dr John is excited to return to Ochre Medical Centre Flinders Island, as he enjoys being involved in running the small hospital and providing emergency care to both the Flinders Island community and the Indigenous community on Cape Barren Island. In his spare time, Alex enjoys diving for abalone and crayfish, cooking, surfing and producing art.
Specialty interest areas: Surgery, skin cancer medicine, trauma and emergency medicine, aboriginal medicine, cardiovascular disease

4 James Street
Whitemark TAS 7255

Phone, Fax & Email
Phone: (03) 6359 2011
Email: flinders@ochrehealth.com.au


Flinders Island has a population of  just over 800, and the Doctor and Staff at Flinders Island Medical Centre take pride in providing excellent medical care to all patients.  Tasmanian Aboriginals were the first residents of Flinders Island more than 35,000 years ago, but ceased to exist by 2,000 BC.  The next known human contact was when Tobias Furneaux discovered Flinders Island in 1773, but he did not land.  In 1797, the merchant vessel Sydney Cove, en route from Calcutta to the new colony at Port Jackson, ran aground off Preservation Island, just south of Cape Barren Island. This had important consequences for the history of Australia, including the first European settlement south of Sydney Town, established by sealers at Kent Bay on Cape Barren Island; and, Australia’s first export industry, seal skins and seal oil.

COVID-19 Advice
We’ve compiled some documents containing advice on getting through the coronavirus crisis.

How to disinfect your home if someone is sickCentres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP)

‘FACE COVID’ How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis –  Dr Russ Harris (author of The Happiness Trap)

Home isolation guidance when unwell (suspected or confirmed cases) – Australian Government Department of Health


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