Sarah is in her final year of a Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work degree at La Trobe University. Originally from rural Victoria, she moved to Bendigo to complete her studies. Sarah has a particular interest in rural health, social justice, youth disengagement, and early prevention and intervention for youth mental health. She hopes to pursue a career in school-based social work, working with young people to improve their wellbeing and reducing the impact of stigma within peer groups.
Sarah is a committee member of the La Trobe Rural Health Club, taking on the role of facilitating visits to rural high schools to educate youth about potential careers in health and working in rural areas. Her volunteering and community contributions have resulted in being awarded the David Jolley Leadership Award and a scholarship to attend the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns, which have helped reinforce her passion to work towards improving mental health service provision in rural and education settings.
Sarah feels honoured to become a part of the Youth Research Council and hopes to develop her potential to support others as both a social worker and community member, as well as contribute to the future of mental health research in Australia.