Queenstown General Practice, TAS

Improving the health of our communities.

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Ochre Medical Centre Queenstown

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

Address
60-64 Orr St
Queenstown TAS 7467

Call: (03) 6495 1523

Overview
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
Audiologist
Optometrists
Psychologist
Community podiatry
Dietitian
Diabetes educator
Social workers
Drug and alcohol Counsellor
Midwife clinics
Child Health
Obstetrics and gynaecology clinic
Cardiologist
Geriatrician
Physiotherapist
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 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

Dr Khaled Mohamed (MBBS) – General Practitioner
Dr Khaled Mohamed graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Cairo University, Egypt, in 2005. Between 2007 and 2014, he worked as a GP in emergency medicine, in the community, and in the Egyptian Armed Forces. Since arriving in Australia, Dr Mohamed has worked in the emergency department as a GP at Kurri Kurri Hospital in the Hunter Valley. Dr Mohamed is thrilled to continue his passion in emergency medicine as a GP VMO at Ochre Health’s Queenstown and Rosebery medical centres, where he will also be providing his assistance to the local hospitals. While based in Tasmania’s West Coast region, he hopes to pursue his love for horse riding.
Specialty interest areas:  Emergency medicine, skin cancer medicine and surgery, minor surgery, dermatology and dermatoscopy.

Address
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

Overview
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 Pravena Kumaran

Where are you from?
Malaysia

Where did you do your medical degree?
It was a twinning program, so 2.5 years each in India and Malaysia.

What made you decide on medicine as a career?
Having been exposed to a couple of exceptional doctors during my childhood, I realised the impact a doctor can make to the lives of patients and their family members. It made sense to me to enter a profession that gave me a sense of fulfillment at the end of every working day. The fact that I don’t squirm at blood helped too!

 

What did you do before embarking on a medical pathway?
I was a full-time student back in Malaysia, and then went off to college to complete my tertiary education. In my spare time, I used to tutor urban underprivileged children in Science and Mathematics for a bit.

What specialties interest you?
Paediatrics and general practice.

What do you think you will enjoy and gain from your rural placement?
I’ve heard a lot about this place from colleagues that have been here, and I must say it has been nothing but positive words. Everyone has told me that it was a fun placement, coupled with lovely people and an overall good experience. Despite being away from the hustled city life, I’ve learnt that there is more to Queenstown that meets the eye.

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?
I’ve driven through Queenstown once before, about a year back, from a visit to Strahan. It was a quiet Sunday afternoon and I had not had the time to explore much.

What hobbies or interests do you have outside of your career?
Music- I play the piano, and have been since I was about 4, and before becoming a doctor, I was pretty inclined to take it up as a full-time profession. However, I still enjoy playing some tunes, it keeps the creativity flowing and is a great stress-buster. I enjoy swimming and water activities- keen to try wide water rafting whilst in Queenstown. I love cooking and baking, and nothing makes me happier than cake at times.

Queenstown staff
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