Skye Kinder. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

BENDIGO doctor Skye Kinder has been named the 2019 Young Victorian of the Year.

Dr Kinder has dedicated her career to improving the health of rural and other marginalised patients throughout Australia.

As a passionate advocate, she brings awareness of rural health issues to local, national and international audiences through her research, ongoing speaking engagements, press appearances, workshops, and articles.

The 2014 City of Greater Bendigo Young Citizen of the Year became a passionate advocate for rural health while studying and represented the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) as Rural Health Officer.

Through AMSA, she co-founded and chaired the first Rural Health Committee and set up a national Rural Health Summit, creating new opportunities for students in regional areas to participate in advocacy and policy.