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Western NSW | Western NSW

As an elite swimmer, Dr Anna Windsor competed at two Summer Olympics and three world championships. After retiring from competitive swimming her next challenge was studying medicine and becoming a GP. Dr Windsor is now GP Synergy’s Regional Head of Education Western NSW.

For Dr Windsor there are definite parallels between being an athlete and a GP.

“I think what made me a good athlete and now as a GP and Regional Head of Education, is that as an athlete you need to learn time management and efficiency.

“While I competed individually you also need to be part of a team – just like being a GP,” she said.

As Regional Head of Education Dr Windsor leads a medical education team responsible for delivering a high-quality GP education and training program that meets the needs of communities in Western NSW.

“I cover an area from Bathurst and Mudgee to Broken Hill and Bourke.

“Yesterday I was at Broken Hill for the day sitting in on a clinical training day, it’s a privilege – although I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like,” Dr Windsor said.

Her own experience as a GP in Orange means Dr Windsor, knows first-hand the benefits of working and living in a rural area.

“I love everything about living in Orange – I grew up in Orange and left at 15 because of swimming – going back as a junior doctor there was such a wonderful spirt working there, a real collegial spirit.

“As a GP I’m honoured that people share their stories with me – sometimes it’s the first time they’ve shared their story with anyone, not even a loved one.

“People also trust you to facilitate the change to help them. It’s a real gift and responsibility,” she said.

Dr Windsor recommends giving being a rural GP a go, the great skills to be learnt aren’t the only benefit.

“The work-life balance and enjoyment I get, I wouldn’t get in any other area of medicine.

“There’s also the variety, it’s not boring that’s for sure,” she said.