Growth in all directions
Over the last few months, we have been pleased to welcome new teams and launch new practices in Armidale in NSW and Kingaroy in Queensland. We have also taken ownership of a building on Liverpool St in Hobart which we are in the process of transforming into a new, state-of-art Ochre Health Hub to accommodate our existing Barrack Street and North Hobart practices. All this follows the opening earlier in the year of our new practices in the NSW towns of Bourke, Brewarrina, Collarenebri Coonamble, Lightning Ridge and Walgett, having won a NSW Health tender to provide GP VMO services.
Ochre was founded in Bourke, in the far west of NSW, in 2002. We are delighted to be back in that region caring for the community and also to be growing to the north and south as well. Overall, Ochre Health is now a network of 52 medical centres around Australia and we partner with over 320 GPs in delivering quality care and improving the health of our patients and communities.
Dr John Hall, Ochre Health’s Director of Medical Services and President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, says our aim is now to attract more quality doctors, especially to rural towns. “Our long term objective is to ‘grow our own doctors’ by attracting medical students and interns to do rotations and also to get registrars training in the practices. We want to create a pathway that allows doctors to be exposed to the diversity and challenges of rural medicine and build their skills. Being a GP in any of our rural towns is a fantastic job – doing a wide range of rural generalist work including treating patients at the hospital, developing and honing valuable skills, playing an important role in the community and enjoying the lifestyle of some truly iconic parts of Australia. We want to fly the flag in the medical community for the great opportunities in each town and region!”