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Dr. Michael Abbott

Practice Principal

FRACGP, MBBS (Hons), BPharm (Hons)

Michael began his health career as a Clinical Pharmacist, moving from Melbourne to Gippsland in 2007. Having developed a love for the area he took up the opportunity to study medicine locally with Monash University.

Michael is fully qualified General Practitioner with the Royal Australian College of GP's, and has worked in both hospitals and General Practices across Gippsland. He has undertaken extra studies in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment.


He has also taken up the opportunity to be involved with training General Practice registrars through RACGP.

Dr. Lisa Gilbert

Practice Principal

FRACGP-RG, MBBS (Hons) BAppSci (Biomed Sci) CWH Cert EM (ACEM)

Lisa grew up in Eastern Melbourne and was working as a Biomedical Scientist before moving to Gippsland in 2009 to pursue her medical career. She graduated medical school at Monash University with honours in 2013, where she was awarded the Prize in Clinical Medicine from the Royal Australian College of Physicians.

Having trained locally, and now settled in the Latrobe region, Lisa is a fully qualified General Practitioner with the Royal Australian College of GP's and she holds a Rural Generalist Fellowship in Dermatology with advanced skills in Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Management, Women's Health and Emergency Medicine. 

Lisa is familiar with the issues affecting Gippslanders’ and is committed to rural practice. She is training the next generation of GP's in her practice and also works for Monash University as an alumnus training local medical students.

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Dr. Justin Kang

General Practitioner


Justin graduated from Monash University (Monash) with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 2014. He undertook further hospital training in Monash Health where he has worked at Monash Medical Centre (Clayton), Dandenong and Casey Hospitals.

Justin completed his Diploma from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRANZCOG) in 2018. His training focused on Women's Health and Antenatal Care. Justin moved to Gippsland with his family in 2018 and attained his Fellowship in The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) in 2020.


Justin enjoys all aspects of General Practice and continually strives to refine his professional skills. He is also closely involved with the mentoring of registrars undertaking general practice training. Justin grew up in Singapore and speaks English and conversational Mandarin. He enjoys travelling and photography.

Dr. Melodi Yong

GP Registrar


Dr Melodi Yong will be joining Project Health General Practice in August 2024 to further her training in General Practice. Melodi graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

Since moving to Victoria, she has further completed a Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy at the University of Melbourne. Throughout her career as a doctor in Scotland and Australia, Melodi has gained invaluable training experience within various metropolitan and regional health services. She has a passion in the areas of Dermatology and will continue to develop her training in skin cancer medicine.


Melodi is originally from Malaysia and can converse in English and Mandarin. She is excited to be an integral member of the team at PHGP and to serve the local community within the Latrobe Valley.


Practice Nurses

Mrs. Samantha Riddle

Skin Check Nurse

Mrs. Carolyn Wright

Registered Nurse

RN, Grad Cert Medicine (Skin Cancer)

Samantha grew up locally and first pursued a career within the health setting as a community ambulance officer. She then moved on to become a senior ambulance calltaker, working from the Ambulance control Centre in Morwell. After twelve and a half years of service with Rural Ambulance Victoria she decided to branch into nursing, completing her Bachelor of Nursing in 2009 through Monash University in Churchill.

Samantha then moved into the hospital setting working in the emergency department at Latrobe Regional Hospital before exploring practice nursing.

In 2019 an opportunity arose within the field of skin cancer and Samantha successfully completed a Graduate Certificate of Medicine (skin cancer). She then commenced practicing as a nurse dermoscopist in the local area, performing skin checks and collaborating alongside GP's.


Samantha hopes to continue to increase her skills in the field of skin cancer and is proud to provide professional care and education to the rural community from which she calls home.

Carolyn has extensive experience in General Practice nursing and management roles. She has worked with many health professionals around Gippsland and has a wealth of knowledge to draw from.

You will see her assisting the Doctors with procedures, she can help with all manner of wound problems, immunisations, ECG, Health Assessments, Care Plan Preparation and more.

Medical Reception


Ms. Rachelle Kendall

Mrs. Carol Ewert

Ms. Kylie Wood

Allied Health & Pathology also available in clinic


Mrs. Claire Issell


A highly qualified and experienced physiotherapist providing care to the people of Gippsland over the past fourteen years. 

Claire is a Musculoskeletal, Sports, Clinical Pilates, Dry Needling and Women's Health (Pelvic Floor) Physiotherapist. 

She is dedicated to helping and treating the people of Gippsland and prides herself in giving high quality care. You can be assured that you will get the help you need with a thorough assessment and hands on treatment, whether it be for back or neck pain, sporting injury or preventative care.

Claire also has extensive post graduate training and experience in Womens Health Physiotherapy, having worked in the field for the past ten years. She completed her post graduate studies at University of Melbourne in 2015 and has completed countless advanced courses since. Combined with her experience and training in the musculoskeletal system, you will have expert care from pregnancy to menopause and beyond. She treats issues from incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain, and mastitis. She loves working with women in the peripartum period, including birth preperation, six week postpartum checks and three month postnatal return to running assessments.

Because our health is the most important Project 

Comprehensive patient care

We consider all appointments with patients as a chance to not only solve the issues brought by

our patients, but also to actively review other areas of health we can optimise, including:

  • Appropriate cancer screening and reviewing vaccination status

  • Screen for preventable illness such as cardiovascular risk  factors

  • Updating past medical and family histories

  • Review dietary and exercise regimes 

At Project Health General Practice, we believe quality health care should be comprehensive, and that it takes time to properly explore a person’s health from the big picture. The default is to book new patients for 30 minute consultations and, where time permits,  a 15-20 minute consultation as the standard length for existing patients. A ‘brief’ appointment of less than 15 minutes may be appropriate after a therapeutic relationship has been established and if only fairly simple issues need to be discussed.


Evidence-based medicine


Our GPs are fully qualified and registered with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), and also with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and appropriate regulatory bodies.

We are proud to be an AGPAL accredited practice.

Medicine is fast paced and rapidly changing,

and our doctors endeavour to keep abreast of the latest

in evidence-based medicine, so that we are well-placed

to discuss various investigation and management options with you.

Privacy Policy

Our practice complies with all relevant State and Territory legislations and laws.

You can access our privacy policy on our Legal Page

Zero Tolerance Policy

We respectfully advise you that abuse of any kind and/or violence will not be tolerated.

We have a ZERO TOLERANCE approach to any verbal, aggressive and violent abuse and behaviour towards our staff or other patients.

All our staff are trained and dedicated to serve you and you will be treated with courtesy and respect at all times.

In return, we ask that you and anyone that you bring with you to the Practice treat our administrative and clinical staff with the same courtesy and respect.

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