LODDON Mallee Murray Medicare Local has appointed Dr Ewa Piejko as a medical adviser to the organisation.
Dr Piejko is a general practitioner in Strathfieldsaye and holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position with the Monash University School of Rural Health.
"My role as a medical adviser is really about providing some information and some practical application of how some of the projects and programs the medicare local wants to deliver for patients and how that translates into general practice," Dr Piejko said.
"So it's addressing things like how we can make some of the programs the government is rolling out more accessible to patients through general practice.
"Most people would have a general practitioner, or should have a general practitioner, so part of the LMMML's role is to help look for where there are gaps in services or where things can be done from a public health perspective to include patient's health.
"The whole idea for all of us is to try and keep patients well and out of hospital."
Dr Piejko trained in Melbourne and completed her medical degree at Melbourne University in 1990.
She obtained a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1994, a fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1997 and a Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education in 2012.
Dr Piejko started in general practice in 1994 and has been involved in medical education since 1996.
Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local is one of 61 Medicare Locals set up by the federal government to co-ordinate primary health care delivery, tackle local health needs and fill identified service delivery gaps. For more information visit http://www.lmmml.org.au/index.html