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I am an Australian trained GP in Canberra. I have 29 years General practice experience and have been in Canberra for the past 15 years. My qualifications are MBBS (UNSW); DRANZCOG (Diploma of Obstetrics & Gynaecology); FACRRM (Fellowship of Rural Medicine); I am a VRGP ( fully unrestricted vocationally registered GP). 

 I have a broad interest in General Practice – I can assist with a broad range of  general health issues, family medicine (including men’s health, women’s health & shared antenatal care),  diabetes checks and annual reviews, chronic disease care planning, paediatrics, excisions of small lumps & skin lesions,  cryotherapy, vaccinations  – both childhood immunisations (bulk billed) and adult or travel vaccinations. The standard private consultation fee for a booked 15 minute appointment is just $85. I am happy to do new work injuries as well as work health including pre-employment medicals (need to book longer appointment depending on medical requirements) and walk in injuries requiring suturing or urgent care & management.  

NEWS FLASH  new ACWY vaccination program – FREE MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE FOR 16-19 YEAR OLDS – book now

E-Health is now working and I can upload your health summary to each patients “my health record”. I can also access the Australian Immunisation Register for you if required.

Whooping cough vaccine (Brand – Boosterix/Adacel; content = killed inactive vaccine against whooping cough/pertussis, tetanus & diptheria) in pregnancy (> 28 weeks/third trimester now available)  free.  Others…(Grandparents/carers/husbands/partners – on script at pharmacist $ approx $50 – pharmacy downstairs – immediate service) Open normal business hours on usual days over holiday breaks .

Those aged  70 are eligible for the new free Shingles vaccine (catch-up program free for those 70 to 79 yrs for the next yr)

The Practice here   is staffed by a friendly and the most amazingly professional team of skilled Nurses and receptionists working together with a great team of GP’s. GP consultations require an appointment and fees apply for services however bulk-billing may be available for concession card holders or particular hardship – please ask reception for a fee for your specific requirement. Walk-in appointments & triage of urgent care can be accommodated. ONLINE APPOINTMENTS NOW AVAILABLE. search postcode 2617 ochre health bruce

There are a number of specialised doctors onsite eg Sports Physicians Dr Steve Freeman, Dr Stephan Praet & Dr Wilson Lo; as well as Dr Sue Guirguis (skin cancer surgery / cosmetic surgery)

I can provide an extensive number of services on-site in conjunction with our very experienced health team. These include basic check-up services easily available such as blood pressure checks, blood sugar check and INR testing as well as more complex check-ups such as ECG (heart tracing), Pap smears, cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), screening audiology (hearing tests), instant urine drug screens, alcohol breath testing, plastering, spirometry (lung testing) and asthma plans.

Appointments easily available in Bruce Ph 02 6180 8500 OR ONLINE through healthengine 7 am – 7.30 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am-5 pm Saturday !

After Hours:
If unavailable, you may contact CALMS (Canberra After Hours Locum Medical Service) on 1300 422 567 for an alternative arrangement. CALMS in an accredited deputising medical service run by Canberra GPs (including your doctor) to provide quality AH cover all over Canberra.


FAQ ……When’s the right time to get the flu shot?

With the government’s updated influenza vaccination program soon to roll out, Ochre Health explores what these changes to the flu vaccine mean for people most at risk of influenza – over-65s, children under five years, pregnant women, and those with chronic diseases.

Am I eligible for the free flu vaccine?

From late April 2018, the Australian Government is not only providing two new enhanced flu vaccines, the vaccines are free to people in high-risk age groups after last year’s horrific flu season. Under the Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program, the two new ground-breaking vaccines, Fluad® and Fluzone High Dose®, will be free for people aged 65 and over – the demographic identified as most in need of greater protection. Additionally, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to five years and aged 15 years and over, will be eligible for free vaccines.

I’m over 65 and I got a flu shot last year. What is different this year compared with last year’s flu vaccine?

It is recommended that over 65s who received a flu vaccine last year receive the flu vaccine this year as well. In fact, the government’s new and more effective trivalent vaccines, available from late April, have specifically been made for the elderly. Designed to generate a stronger immune response, the new vaccines are much more potent, with an added focus on protecting this age group from seasonal influenza. This is especially important given over-65s generally have weaker immune systems that respond less effectively to vaccines. As more than 90 per cent of the 1000 flu-related deaths in 2017 were people aged over 65 years, with the median age of deaths for notified cases being 86 years, it is important that older Australians do all that they can to protect themselves when they are the most at risk.[1]

Can I catch influenza from the flu vaccine?

There were strong criticisms from the Australian public about the vaccines used last flu season. While there are a variety of reasons for why people can be affected by the flu vaccine, according to specialist Dr Chris Harrison, General Practitioner at Ochre Health Medical Centre Bruce in Canberra, it is most likely not the direct result of a flu vaccine. “The vaccine is an ‘inactivated’ or ‘killed’ vaccine so you cannot catch anything from the shot,” says Dr Harrison. “Rather, people need to be educated about timing. If you are vaccinated too early, there’s the risk the vaccine won’t work when you most need it; too late and you may get the flu while unprotected.”

What are the possible side effects from the flu shot?

While the flu vaccine is not guaranteed to stop a person from catching the flu, those that are vaccinated are much more likely to experience less severe flu symptoms. Known effects of the influenza vaccine – including temporary soreness at the injection site, low-grade short-lived fever (lasting one to two days) and muscle aches – relate to it stimulating the immune system. The main reason for this is that a person’s immune system responds much more rapidly to the flu virus once they’ve been vaccinated – it recognises the virus and fights it. For people with a weaker immune system at higher risk of catching the flu, such as the elderly, receiving the more potent vaccines may well be the difference between being at home with mild effects of the flu and being in hospital with known complications of influenza infection, such as developing bacterial pneumonia.

Is the flu vaccine safe if I’m pregnant?

For pregnant woman, an equally important question to ask is how late into your pregnancy can you receive the flu vaccination. According to Dr Harrison, it is safe at any stage of pregnancy for both mother and her unborn baby to have the vaccine and, when it becomes available this month, he strongly recommends pregnant women are vaccinated. “It is highly important pregnant women are aware of how serious influenza infection is during pregnancy – its effects are not to be underestimated,” says Dr Harrison. “Not only does influenza have the potential to cause an overwhelming infection in pregnant women but, the very state of being pregnant can make women at very high risk.”

Can children have a flu vaccine?

In addition to the free flu vaccines available through the National Immunisation Program, most State and Territory governments are providing free flu jabs for children aged six months to less than five years old, including NSW, Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT. This move comes after a survey conducted by the National Centre for Immunisation, Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) last year revealed parents were unaware that children under five years can receive the influenza vaccine, raising concerns about safety.[2] As young children, especially those under three years of age, are more likely to get severe flu infections that require hospitalisation than older children, Dr Harrison says it is vital all children over six months to under 5 years are vaccinated this season.

“For children, the new government-funded vaccines are both safe and effective. By protecting them, we can also help stop the spread of infection to other vulnerable groups, including babies too young to receive the vaccine,” says Dr Harrison.

“As the influenza vaccine provides the most protection in the first three to four months after it is received – and with our peak flu season typically occurring between June and September – May is the ideal time to be vaccinated.

“Vaccinations before the expected winter peak is advisable.”

Whether you fit the category of a high-risk age group or not, if you’re worried about being affected by influenza this year, visit to book online and organise a flu shot.

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I am an accredited GP  Supervisor willing to take GP Registrars GPT2 and above. We have a great team of experienced GP Supervisors and staff for educational support and mentoring.


Co-located with CIG imaging (XR, USS, CT SCAN & MRI), Laverty pathology, private physiotherapy, diabetes educator, dietician, exercise physiology, psychologist, podiatrist, specialist hand-physiotherapist, audiology (Brindabella Hearing) and UC physio clinics upstairs on Level C. Extended Hours, Pharmacy (Capital Chemist UC – Ben & Andrew resident pharmacists)  & most importantly Coffee shop – Tampered Coffee!


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