History Of The Flinders Medical Group
In early 2004, Dr Cronin started doing locum relief work in Cloncurry, as her husband, Peter O’Regan, a chartered accountant had started a branch of his practice in Cloncurry.
After experiencing and reviewing the state of the medical services, Dr Cronin with Drs Bryan Connor and Chris Appleby, decided to build a medical practice based on the findings of previously conducted research studies based on Cloncurry. The aim was to establish an academic practice, providing a teaching environment for young doctors as a long term strategy to recruit doctors to work in Cloncurry primarily and rural Australia in general.
To further this aim, Dr Cronin and her husband purchased a commercial property in Cloncurry which was modified to incorporate a modern, purpose built six consulting room practice with facilities to deal with minor trauma, skin surgery and occupational medicine.
The Flinders Medical Centre – Montville, located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, was acquired in 2006 with a view to provide a practice from which suitably qualified senior Doctors could be sourced to provide relief to the doctors working in the Cloncurry practice. Montville also a practice location senior Cloncurry Doctors could work as a respite from the intensive nature of rural General Practice in Cloncurry.
The Flinders Medical Centre – Maleny was designed and constructed in 2011 as a sister practice to the Flinders Medical Centre – Montville with a view to increase the sustainability of the Montville practice and to provide a larger facility to expand services to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
In 2012 Ochre Health acquired the Flinders Medical Centre – Montville and the Flinders Medical Centre – Maleny which will operate as outreach sites for the GP SuperClinic which will be constructed at Sippy Downs and will be located within the Sunshine Coast University Campus.