Senior Research Fellow in General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Melbourne

Dr Marie Pirotta is practicing general practitioner and a senior lecturer at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. Her research interests include medicines and how they are used, in particular complementary medicines, as well as women’s health. Marie is currently leading two NHMRC project grants: one study is exploring how people negotiate their way between complementary and orthodox medical systems; the second study is a randomised controlled trial of acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes. She has also been involved in trials of probiotics in treatment of vaginal thrush, bacterial vaginosis and neonatal sepsis and of acupuncture for knee pain.

Marie is Chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ National Standing Committee- Research, a member of the executive group of the Australian Association for Academic Primary Care (AAAPC) and recently retired Vice-Chair of the RACGP’s National Evaluation and Ethics Committee. Marie is the Chair of VicReN – the practice-based research network in her department.


  • 1995–present
    Senior lecturer, Dept of General Practice, University of Melbourne


  • 2005 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 1998 
    University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • 1995 
    University of Melbourne, Masters of Medicine
  • 1989 
    Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Fellowship
  • 1983 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery