Queenstown General Practice, TAS

Improving the health of our communities.


Ochre Medical Centre Queenstown

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

60-64 Orr St
Queenstown TAS 7467

Call: (03) 6472 2380

The practice is the only private medical centre in Queenstown and is attached to the hospital and aged care facility. The practice has the capacity for three full-time doctors who are supported by a full-time CDM trained Registered Nurse and practice staff. The hospital has two emergency and 10 acute beds, with the closest referral hospital being in Burnie, which is a two-hour drive away.

Hours of operation
Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

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
Amanda Shea

List of visiting and on-site allied health and pathology services
Community podiatry
Diabetes educator
Social workers
Drug and alcohol Counsellor
Midwife clinics
Child Health
Obstetrics and gynaecology clinic
Consultant Rheumatologist
Onsite pathology
X-Ray Service – 2 days per week


Professor Dennis Pashen (MBBS Qld, MPHTM, FACRRM, FRACGP) – General Practitioner/VMO
Professor Dennis Pashen has joined the Queenstown General Practice in 2015 with 40 years’ experience working within rural and remote practice. This has included procedural practice in Ingham, the North Queensland Clinical School of the University of Queensland, Foundation Director of the Mt Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, Director of Medical Services in South Burnett and Rural Darling Downs Health and Hospital Services with responsibility for 18 rural hospitals. In 2014 Dennis moved to Southern Tasmania and spent the year providing Locum services throughout Australia in emergency medicine, obstetrics and general practice.
Dennis is a former President of the ACRRM and currently the National President of the Rural Doctors Associations.
Dennis is passionate about rural and remove health services across Australia and has been active in working towards improving access to health care for rural communities.
Specialty interest areas: medical education and training, rural health care, use of social media to promote rural health care

Dr Philip Cassidy (MB ChB BAO, DRANZCOG, FRACGP) – General Practitioner/VMO
Dr Philip Cassidy has over 15 years experience in both rural and urban general practice. Originally studying at Queens University in Belfast, Philip has undertaken roles in Northern Ireland, Canberra, Sri Lanka and two years as a solo rural GP in Victoria. Phil moved to Tasmania in 1999 and joined the Ochre team in Queenstown initially as a locum in early 2014 and became a regular GP/VMO in the town from January 2015, splitting his time with his practice in Launceston.
Specialty interest areas: rural medicine and obstetrics

Dr Matt Despot (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Dr Despot completed his medical studies at the University of Queensland, graduating in 1987. He worked for an extensive period as a Senior Medical Officer working within the Emergency Department of Logan Hospital in Queensland, before making the move to General Practice. In his spare time, Dr Despot enjoys fishing and spending time outdoors.
Specialty interest areas: General Practice, Emergency Medicine

Queenstown General Practice
60-64 Orr St
Queenstown TAS 7467

Phone, Fax & Email
Telephone: (03) 6472 2380
Facsimile: (03) 6472 2384
Email: ohmcqueenstown@ochrehealth.com.au

Queenstown (7467) is situated on the west coast of Tasmania which lies in a valley on the western slopes of Mount Owen on the West Coast Range. With the A10 Highway running through Queenstown, it can take 2 hours to reach Burnie on the north coast of Tasmania or 4 hours to Hobart.


Our Latest Intern

Eddy Watkins
Dr Eddy Watkins always knew that he wanted to pursue a career in medicine – but life took him on the scenic route there.

“I started Medicine when I was 19, but life got in the way – so in essence, I’m going back to something I’ve always dreamed of doing.”

Whilst his medical studies were on hold, his inclination towards working in healthcare wasn’t, and he spent the next 30 years working in Melbourne as an Intensive Care Paramedic. This was a role which gave him a wealth of medical experience, as well as leading to him spending 4 years in the Middle East as a Medic, working on medical helicopter and retrieval aircraft. He ultimately decided to resume his medical studies, completing his medical degree at the Oceania University of Medicine.

Through his studies, Dr Watkins developed a growing interest in Emergency Medicine, Intensive care and Anaesthetics, and is looking forward to an opportunity to practice Rural and Remote Medicine.

“I enjoy the sense of community that you generally only truly find in a rural setting. I think the challenges of working in a rural setting are truly unique, and bring with them a greater degree of job satisfaction.”

A father of two, Eddy lead a busy life, but likes to keep active as much as possible. An avid sportsman, Eddy loves football, cricket, and is particularly fond of golf, which has brought him to Tasmania on several prior occasions.

“I love Tasmania. It’s a truly beautiful state, with plenty to see and do. In the North-West and West of the state, you find some genuinely nice people.”

Eddy is among the latest intake of medical interns participating in Ochre Health’s government-funded community internship program in Tasmania. The 13 week placement will have him spending several months living and working in Queenstown, on Tasmania’s rugged West Coast, a prospect he’s looking forward to..

“I just started developing an interest in hiking – and what better place to do it?”

Queenstown staff
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