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) 6495 1523

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

Dr Robert Dickson (MBBS) – General Practitioner Registrar
Dr Robert Dickson graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), in 2014. He has since worked throughout regional NSW, including Wagga Wagga and Orange. After an inspiring and formative 18 months in Alice Springs, he relocated to Tasmania to work with the Australian Antarctic Program (AAP). The landscapes and people of Tasmania left an immediate impression on him, and he joined the Ochre Health team as an Independent Pathway GP registrar with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
Specialty interest areas: mental healthcare, chronic disease management, injury rehabilitation and palliative care

Queenstown General Practice
60-64 Orr St
Queenstown TAS 7467

Phone, Fax & Email
Telephone: (03) 6495 1523
Facsimile: (03) 6495 1996
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

Dr James Armston
Where are you from?

Where did you do your medical degree?
International University of Health Sciences (IUHS)

What made you decide on medicine as a career?
Progression from Intensive Care Paramedic

What did you do before embarking
on a medical pathway?
Intensive Care paramedic (MICA) in Victoria

What specialties interest you?
Critical care, in particular anaesthetics

What do you think you will enjoy and gain from your rural placement?
Exploring the town and surround areas whilst getting to know a local community whilst also providing health care.

What are your impressions of the region where you are going to do your rural placement?
Small town surrounded by beautiful landscape

Have you been here before?

Queenstown staff
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