Ochre Health Medical Centre


Cohuna Township

Local history – Cohuna is a rural town of 2200 people with a total Practice population of approximately 6000 based in the Torrumbarry irrigation area, 60 km north-west of Echuca. It is situated on the Murray Valley Highway and the Gunbower Creek, a tributary of the Murray River. The first pastoral settlement in the Cohuna area was the Gunbower Pastoral Run (1845) with an average rainfall of 13 inches (32.5cms). The winters are typical of an inland climate with frosty mornings and sunny and warm afternoons. The irrigation and green summer pastures temper the hot dry summers.

Surrounded by dairy farms, and situated on the banks of Gunbower Creek, (an anabranch of the Murray River), the town is a popular holiday spot as well as a regional sports centre with a wide range of facilities.

Cohuna is the main access point to the attractions of the vast red gum and box forest trees  covering Gunbower Island (Gunbower National Park), which lies between Gunbower Creek and the Murray River, also home to a diverse native birdlife, kangaroos, emus and koalas.

Legend has it that John Farnham was “discovered” in Cohuna, and he returned in 2002 for a free one-off show. The Bee Gees also played in Cohuna in their early days.

Gunbower Creek runs along the Main Street and Garden Park. Golf, Tennis, Camping, Fishing, Water-Skiing, Canoeing, Birdwatching and Bushwalking are popular with visitors. Field shooting for duck and quail is available in season.Sporting facilities include 3 squash courts, 1 all-weather and 14 grass tennis courts, 18 hole golf course with grass greens, 2 x lawn bowling clubs, pistol club, gun club, water skiing, football, netball, cricket and a swimming pool with a water slide. Easily accessible creek for swimming, canoeing and boating clubs.

The annual Bridge to Bridge Swim of 8kms, with associated events of kayaking, bike riding and running has reinforced Cohuna’s image as a Sport orientated town.

Two small neighbouring townships form part of the practice – Leitchville, 16kms south of Cohuna, has a population of 400, and has traditionally regarded Cohuna as its medical centre – Gunbower on the Murray Valley Highway and 25kms south east of Cohuna has regarded both Cohuna and Echuca as its medical centres.

The main primary industry in the area is dairying and piggeries, with summer pastures providing grazing. The peak milking season is in the summer, winter is when the farmers take time off for the holidays and elective operations.

Cohuna water tower is adorned with the town’s name, and visible for kilometers.

Practice and Hospital

Morning Consultations are conducted at the Practice – Monday to Friday commencing from 10.00am to 12.00pm

Weekend – After Hours on Call Doctor consults at Hospital

Afternoon consultations start at 1.30pm on Monday to Friday finishing at approximately 5.00pm. All sessions at the clinic are by appointment, which are booked at 20 minute intervals for Registrars – the experienced doctors have 10 or 15 minute appointments. Longer appointments can be made by prior booking. Emergency and acute cases are given preference over booked appointments at the discretion of the staff.

Cohuna District Hospital has 16 beds and was completely rebuilt in 1997. This included a new labour ward and theatre with the addition of piped gases to the new wards.

All doctors attend the hospital at 8.30am on weekdays for hospital ward round.

The recent attempts to improve services have led to procedural services being downgraded and we only have 1 visiting General Surgeon –   Mr Mo Atalla from Shepparton. Minor Theatre Procedures are performed twice a month by Dr Peter Barker and assisting anaethetist.

Nursing Home is attached to the hospital – 16 bed facility.

“The Village” a- 45 bed aged care facility is located behind the hospital under a separate committee of management and amalgamated with Respect Care in 2018

Outreach services include the Community Health Service, Meals on Wheels, District Nurse, HACC services and a Day Care Centre based at the Gannawarra Shire.

Education Facilities

Pre School Centre

State Primary School

Catholic Primary School

Secondary College (including VCE Level).

 Local Attractions

Gunbower National Park

Mt Hope

Kow Swamp

Cruise on the “Wetlander” or Cohuna Nature Cruises

Local Eateries & Shops

Bower Tavern

Cohuna Hotel

Old Pharmacy Cafe


IGA Supermarket

Specialty Shops – Clothing, Shoes etc

Local Accommodation

Maudie Bells – 0400 738 080

Cohuna Hotel Motel

Cohuna Motel

Pharmacy Accommodation

Events & Sports

Cohuna Park Run every Saturday at 8am at Sound Shell across from Main Street

The Cohuna Bridge To Bridge is a range of sporting events for all fitness levels including a 6.5 km (4.0 mi) run, jog, walk, 25 km (16 mi) and 50 km (31 mi) bike ride, 10 km (6.2 mi) and 20 km (12 mi) paddle, triathlon and team events.

Cohuna hosts an Easter Tennis Tournament and Golf Tournament.

Monthly Farmers Market

The local agricultural show is held in March.

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Central Murray Football League, the Cohuna Kangas.

Golfers play at the Cohuna Golf Club on Weymouth Road – the home course of PGA golfer, Stuart Appleby.

Ochre Health Medical Centre Cohuna is the only Practice in town:-

One Practice: One Hospital both with excellent staff

Cohuna is a plastic bag free town

Practice Information
Number of doctors 4
Number of supervisors 2
Number of rooms 6
Billing Mixed
Allied health professionals Hearing Service
Additional learning opportunities
Small group learning
Clinical meetings
Assisting with procedures
Supervisor Special Interests

Obstetrics, Anesthetics

Training Expectations
Practice opening hours 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday
College Requirements Full time training requires 38 hrs per week employed averaged over 4 weeks. Less than 38 hours per week employed is part time training.
Evening roster 1 in 4 On Call
Saturday and Sunday work 1 in 5 Weekend On Call
On-call work Cohuna District Hospital
Local Hospital Information
Hospital affiliations

All Above

GP Advanced Skills opportunities
Address: 111 King George Street Cohuna
Telephone: (03) 5456 2609
Fax: (03) 5456 2031

Practice capacity for 2021 will be only be available when the Registrar Competitive Placement process opens

College accreditation RACGP
Pathway Rural
Our Community

The township of Cohuna is located in the Loddon Murray region of Victoria. With a population of 2,000 people, Cohuna is a picturesque town with an active local community.

The visitor information centre, located on the banks of the beautiful Gannawarra Creek in the main street of Cohuna, offers great ideas for sight-seeing around the local area, including wetlands, water sports and hiking. See more on the Cohuna website here.

Outdoor events, such as regular farmers markets, are often held in the pretty centrally-located Garden Park  Other events include film festivals and the annual Big Cohuna Festival.  With a thriving, welcoming community, Cohuna is the ideal place for your registrar training. Explore the beauty of the Gannawarra area in the video here.

Population: The combined population for the Cohuna-Leitchville district is around 3,200 people.

Community groups
Parents’ clubs
School clubs
Spiritual groups
Public transport Buses to major regional centres.
Nearest airport Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport is the nearest domestic and international airport, There is a small airport at Echuca but it has no commercial flights. Bendigo airport has a direct service to Sydney.
Access and distances to major centres or nearby towns

Kerang is 28 kms drive with Echuca only 50 minutes away and Bendigo and Shepparton 1.5 hours drive.

Child care
Additional Information

A range of schools are available in the area, including a Catholic co-ed school.

Tourism/ council/ community information websites