She is the jack-of-all-trades who in-between vaccinating the community has been busy studying as a first-year doctor of medicine student.
Elizabeth Smith moved to Orange in part for the Charles Sturt University course, as well as to be closer to family.
She has travelled the country as a nurse, in the Army Reserve and as a performer and now she is focusing on her medicine degree to help bridge the gap in healthcare for rural women.
"In my experience I noticed there was just a deficit of adequate medical healthcare, especially primary healthcare like GPs," she said.
"What I've seen is that building those relationships can be really fundamental to long term health outcomes and I think bridging that gap can really change the overall health of the community and I think everyone should be afforded that right of accessible healthcare."
Despite COVID playing a part in her studies, she has loved her moved to Orange so far.
"I love the sense of community, the relationships I've built with my peers in the course and I'm working as a registered nurse in town vaccinating," she said.
"That's been a really great opportunity, even with COVID, because our clinical placements were delayed. I've still been able to work in the community and get involved in helping vaccinate the community, which has been a really awesome opportunity. It feels like I'm coming home. Everyone is just so much nicer."
After graduating, she is hoping to work in regional cities like Orange while also helping the surrounding communities.
She wants to work with schools to provide education and understanding on delicate health issues by building trust with patients.
She said she also has ideas on how to contribute to the improvement of health of First Nations women.
"I have a passion for women's health, and women in rural communities are often disadvantaged and have a lack of access to specific care," Ms Smith said.
"I want to pursue a career in general practice or obstetrics or gynaecology to bridge the healthcare gap and empower more women and girls in the community.
"There are also a number of approaches to improving First Nations women's health, including community arts, theatre and community yarning, and I think we can learn from holistic models of health that encompass different initiatives."
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