Celebrating Ochre Awards and Milestones

By , Melinda McCarthy published on 20/10/2022 Ochre Health, Ochre Recruitment,

We are delighted and proud to announce a number of award wins and major milestones across Ochre in recent weeks.

Doctors practicing with Ochre “scooped the pool” at the recent Rural Doctors Association of Tasmania (RDAT) annual awards - Professor Dennis Pashen was announced as Tasmanian Rural Doctor of the Year for 2022, while Dr Ben Dodds and Dr Nick Lee, both of whom practice at our Ochre Health Practice in Scottsdale, were awarded Rural Doctor-in-Training of the Year and Rural Medical Student of the Year respectively. Dr Dodds has also been elected as RDAT’s new President.

Professor Dennis Pashen

An icon of the rural doctors movement, renowned not only for his commitment to Rural Medicine in Tasmania but more widely across Australia, Professor Pashan retired recently after a more than 40-year career in Medicine, most recently working as a Rural Generalist doctor in our Queenstown Practice and as Ochre Health’s Tasmanian Medical Coordinator. He has also been a significant contributor to political advocacy, both in Tasmania and nationally, for better access to healthcare for rural and remote Australians and a sustainable health workforce for the bush.

Read the media release for more details

Dr Salma Hanif

Dr Salma Hanif, who practices at our Ochre Health Practice in Boggabri, is the ACRRM-RDAA Australian Rural Registrar of the Year for 2022. She was presented her award at the Rural Medicine Australia (RMA) conference in Canberra last week. Dr Hanif was recognised for her dedication to the community and to the advancement of rural health. She is one of two registrars who have provided the town's only medical service for the last few years.  As major sponsors of the RMA Event, (a welcome return to face-to-face events) we caught up with Dr Hanif who was both delighted and humbled with her award. Way to go Salma!

Dr Miranda Hann, who practices in Hobart, is the 2022 RACGP GP-in-Training of the Year for Tasmania. She is now in the running for the national prize which will be presented at RACGP’s GP22 conference next month which we will also be attending. Be sure to drop by the Ochre display (A18) in the Operations area, to meet our Director and co-founder Dr Hamish Meldrum, CMO Dr Francios Pretorius and the locum and permanent GP Recruitment teams.

Dr Ann Buchan, who practices on King Island, was announced as Outstanding Palliative Care Professional for 2022 by Palliative Care Tasmania in their recent awards at Government House in Hobart on August 8.

Ochre Medical Centre Bruce and Dr Chris Harrison, have won Medical Practice of the Year and Doctor of the Year respectively in the APAC Insider’s annual Australian Enterprise Awards. 

On other good news fronts, Dr Stella Rumsey who practices in Bonnells Bay, celebrated 25 years with the practice earlier this year. Heading north up the coast of NSW, Dr Chris Jambor, RN Kristine Jambor and PM Lesley Macey celebrated 20 years working together in our Ballina practice.

Congratulations to all our fabulous and dedicated doctors, nurses and practice managers. We are lucky to have you on board with Ochre.


If you are a VR General Practitioner, interested in a permanent position at one of our 60 Ochre Practice across Australia, or in NSW in the ED /FastTrack Clinics please email [email protected]

If you are a VR GP keen to locum in one of our practices, we have GP-only opportunities in addition to GP VMO roles where you will enjoy a mix of General Practice consults and work in the ED. 

For GP VMO locums get in touch with Phil Dixon on 0424 550 378.

For the inside scoop on our GP locum roles contact Stephanie Nash on 0437 850 829.

If you are an Emergency Doctor and are keen to secure your next locum adventure, please contact Naomie Rapira on 0498 441 118.


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