Ochre Medical Centre St Helens, TAS

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Improving the health of our communities.

Local Family GP Doctor

Ochre Medical Centre St Helens

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri: 8.30am to 5.30pm
Sat: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Closed Sunday and public holidays

Address
11 Pendrigh Place
St Helens TAS 7216

 

Call: (03) 6376 1777

 

Hours of Operation 
Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 12.00pm
Closed Sunday and public holidays

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
Alison Young

Nursing Services
Pap smears/breast checks
Chronic disease management plans
Immunisations

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

Dr Magnus Agomuo (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Dr Agomuo has been practicing medicine since 2000, and has trained as an Emergency and Life Support Practitioner. In addition, he is a mentor for the John Flynn Scholarship Program and an online lecturer for the University of West Indies. Dr Agomuo is fluent in English, Igbo, Spanish and French, and in his spare time enjoys photography, ancient history, archaeology and theology.

Specialty interest areas: Family Medicine, Minor Surgery, Skin Cancer Medicine, Work Cover, Men’s Health

Dr Mark Brown (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Originally from Yeppoon, in Central Queensland, Dr Mark Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from University of Queensland in 2000. He has since worked extensively throughout Rockhampton and the Central Highlands in Queensland, becoming experienced in all aspects of general practice. During this time, he also worked as the major competition doctor for Queensland Rugby League, based in Rockhampton, leading him to have a special interest in sports medicine. Passionate about providing emergency relief to rural communities, Mark has worked in various communities throughout South Australia and Tasmania, including Streaky Bay, Port Pirie and Scamander. After completing a locum in Scamander, Mark was inspired to move to Tasmania’s north-east coast, and subsequently joined Ochre Medical Centre St Helens. He recently completed his law degree and is currently working towards being admitted as a solicitor, as well as completing his advanced training in occupational medicine. In his spare time, Mark enjoys playing sport and spending time with his wife and three young children.

 Specialty interest areas: Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, Cosmetic Medicine, Skin checks and excisions, and medical law

Dr Rebecca Storck (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from University of Queensland, in 2006, Dr Rebecca Storck has worked extensively as a general practitioner in Cairns and other parts of Far North Queensland, including Thursday Island and Mareeba. From 2009 to 2011, she worked in Bright, in north-eastern Victoria. In 2012, she moved back to Queensland to work in Ayr, followed by Cairns, where she opened a small community General Practice. Rebecca, who recently spent six months travelling around Australia, fell in love with Tasmania’s north-east coast, inspiring her decision to join the community at Ochre Medical Centre St Helens. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her two young children, reading, and playing with her adopted greyhound.

Specialty interest areas: Women’s health, children’s health, preventative health and lifestyle medicine

Dr David Jacobs (MD, AMC) – General Practitioner
Dr Jacobs began his career path whilst living and working in Miami, Florida, where he worked as a paramedic in a large trauma centre. Following this, he embarked on a career in teaching, teaching physics, biology and chemistry at university preparatory schools in Washington DC. It was in this mentoring role, which frequently involved helping students through problems they were facing outside of the classroom, that Dr Jacobs decided that his love of helping others would mean another career change, and he enrolled in medical school. For the last decade, Dr Jacobs has worked throughout Australia, and he’s excited to have put down roots in beautiful St Helens. In his spare time, Dave enjoys fishing, special interest cars, hiking, and mountain biking.

Specialty interest areas: Biochemistry, Diabetes, Kidney disease, Rheumatology, Adolescent health, Aged Care, Counselling, Psychiatry, Orthopaedics, Arthritis, and Emergency Medicine

Address
11 Pendrigh Place
St Helens TAS 7216

Contact Details
Phone: (03) 6376 1777

Overview
St Helens is the largest town on the east coast of Tasmania. Located on the Tasman Highway (around 160km east of Launceston), it is one of the fastest growing areas of Tasmania with a population of 2,173 in 2011. Named after the town of the same name on the Isle of Wight (England), its history is rooted in whaling, fishing, mining, shipping and timber. The first European to explore the St Helens area was Captain Tobias Furneaux who sailed up the coast in 1773. He named the southern point of Georges Bay, St Helens Point.

Dr Taylor Smithurst – GP intern

Where are you from?
Tasmania! Born in Launceston, I have since lived in multiple small towns around Tasmania before moving to Hobart for university. I consider St Helens to be my hometown – I completed high school here at St Helens District High School, and my family continues to live here.

Where did you do your medical degree?
Studying at the University of Tasmania, I completed all five years of my medical degree in Hobart; based in the Royal Hobart Hospital for the last two years of my degree.

What made you decide on medicine as a career?
There are many different reasons why I chose to pursue medicine as a career, these include:
• The rewarding nature of the job – actively helping people to improve their health and quality of life for a living
• I like to challenge myself
• A lifelong passion for science
• I love meeting & getting to know people
• Flexibility as a career – many different areas of practice to choose from, and it’s a job that you can do anywhere; from the big city to the most isolated of places

What did you do before embarking on a medical pathway?
I went straight into medical school following completion of Year 10 at St Helens District High School and then Years 11 and 12 at Launceston College, where I enjoyed studying a wide variety of subjects including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, English, Geography, Photography and Outdoor Education.

What specialties interest you?
Nearly everything! But my greatest interests lie in General Practice, mental health (Psychiatry), Paediatrics (children), Older Persons’ Medicine, Palliative Care, Haematology (blood conditions) and Oncology (cancer medicine).

What do you think you will gain from your rural placement?
I think I will enjoy working with the team of healthcare professionals at Ochre Health, meeting and getting to know new people, developing good relationships with my patients, and getting to manage a wide variety of presentations.  I think I will gain valuable experience in practicing relatively independently (which will be quite novel for me, having only just finished medical school), assessing and managing many different kinds of conditions, and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Additionally, I hope to determine whether or not General Practice – and specifically rural General Practice – is the right specialty for me to work towards.

What are your impressions of St Helens?
Being from St Helens, I guess I have a fairly good idea about what to expect from the area: lots of sunshine, beautiful beaches, good fishing and friendly people!

What hobbies and interests do you have outside of your career?
I have a lot of interests to keep me busy outside of work, such as sport (my favourite sport is netball, but I also like to do middle-distance running in my spare time), camping and fishing, bushwalking, photography, reading, watching movies and TV shows, art and world history, and listening to music (I love a good Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra concert from time-to-time).


Trent Carr – RMO

Where are you from?
Pipers Brook, Tasmania

Where did you do your medical degree?
UTAS

What made you decide on medicine as a career?
Enjoying science/biology and health classes and working with people

What did you do before embarking on a medical pathway?
No previous careers prior to medicine. I entered straight from school.

What specialties interest you?
Rural General Practice, Critical care/Retrieval medicine and Anaesthetics

What do you think you will enjoy and gain from your rural placement?
Travelling to a new place and learning to work with the challenges of isolation that comes with working in a rural area.

What are your impressions of St Helens?
Good Beaches, Mountain biking and fishing

Have you been there before?
A Couple of times but never for more than a night. Looking forward to spending more time to explore the area.

What hobbies and interests do you have outside of your career?
Mountain biking and Hiking/Bushwalking

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