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From Footy Club to Medical Hub: Magpies welcomes healthy facelift

From Footy Club to Medical Hub: Magpies welcomes healthy facelift

Ochre Health is Australia’s leading network of rural medical practices, and is expanding successfully into regional and urban centres. With five medical centres established in Canberra, Ochre Health is quickly becoming a recognised name throughout the Capital and its footprint is only increasing.

At Ochre Health, our commitment to our medical professional family in Canberra marks everything we do. Our medical practices in Kingston, Garran, Bruce, Calwell and Casey, provide our doctors with flexible working arrangements, a healthier work-life balance, patient-centric care, and extensive administrative and nursing support. 

Due to open this year, our new, custom-designed Ochre Health Hub Kippax, in Holt, will build on our already significant footprint in the capital, expanding our General Practitioner base to over 80 doctors in the ACT alone. 

This ‘health hub’ model, with The Ochre medical centre at its heart, will also contain a number of additional suites for pathology, physiotherapy, podiatry and other allied health partners. This approach to integrated care provides a blueprint for Ochre Health’s future growth; a testament to the continuity of care that we strive to deliver for our patients. 

Located in the former Magpies Football Club, this state-of-the-art medical centre will meet the growing demand for medical services among the greater Belconnen area. With capacity for 15 GPs, the practice will combine, modern design and top-of-the-line equipment and facilities. We have made provisions to ensure that our GPs will benefit from increased space for nursing and procedural services (CDM, cervical screening, and vaccinations), mixed and private billing practices, and dedicated administration and marketing support.

Ochre Health is founded and operated by doctors who are passionate about patient care. Co-Founder and Director of Medical Services, Dr Hamish Meldrum, sees patients regularly at his Sydney practice and knows that strong doctor patient relationships are the cornerstone of great care. 

Dr Meldrum says, “All GPs that work with Ochre cherish the clinical independence to practice good, community-based medicine. We have enormous respect for our GPs and the standards of care they provide.” 

“The increased prevalence of chronic disease has helped give momentum to the trend for GPs to work in larger practices that meet expectations for a wider range of services. In addition, the ever-increasing amount of government regulation requires greater levels of administrative support to run a general practice. Our larger premises in Kippax is responding to the future of corporate medicine and general practice as it continually changes.” 

More recently, Dr Thinus van Rensburg and Dr Riana van Rensburg, owners of Tillyard Drive Medical Practice in Charnwood, have decided to close their medical practice and join the Ochre Health Hub in Kippax. They are looking forward to joining the Ochre Health family, while continuing to look after the patients they have been seeing since 2006. 

Dr van Rensburg says, “The Ochre Health model will enable us to devote our focus to practising medicine, and reduce our administrative tasks.

With Ochre Health’s dedicated administrative and management team, our patients will still be able to book to see their favourite doctor and receive all other services they currently get – and more.”

Ochre Health is seeking Expressions of Interest from General Practitioners interested in joining the medical family at Ochre Health Hub Kippax. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced General Practitioner to be part of Ochre Health’s future growth and belong to a medical group that offers clinical autonomy and open contracts. 

To apply for a position or to discuss other opportunities with Ochre Health, please contact  Daniel Boyens, National Recruitment Manager on 0409 872 770 or dboyens@ochrehealth.com.au.

This article was originally published in The Canberra Weekly.  


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