Youth Advisory Council

YK Members

  • Youth Advisory Council Members

    Meet our members

    Beatrix White

    Age: 15

    School/year: Star of the Sea College, year 10

    Hobbies: Writing, reading, drawing, creative

    My experiences with the RCH are... 15 years as a patient

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is... I decided to join the Y@K because I wanted to have a say in the hospital and to give my ideas to improve the hospital as a representative of ‘youth’

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are... a better hospital for youth

    Brooke Dance (Co-Chairperson)

    Age:  17

    School/year: Currently nothing but am going to be studying Certificate 4 in Animal Studies.

    Hobbies: Video games, writing, reading, volunteering and ANIMALS.

    My experiences with the RCH are... I have been a sibling to someone who has been at the RCH since he was 2, but I have been a patient since I was 9.

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is... To have a say in the Adolescent friendliness in the hospital and a whole lot of other things.

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are... I hope to make the hospital a more inviting place for young people.

    Derek Huang (Co-Chairperson)

    Age: 20

    School/year: University of Melbourne, Second Year Commerce    

    Hobbies: Playing the Piano, Dancing, Hanging with Friends

    My experiences with the RCH are...as an outpatient since I was young. I have recently left as an outpatient, but have been motivated to give back to the RCH ever since.

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is...to be able to give back to the hospital, like they have done for me ever since my younger days.

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are...to be able to make strong societal impact through restructuring clinical operations, and to provide a youth platform for those that need it.

    Delilah Cutinho (Secretary)

    Age: 17

    School/year: John Monash Science School, year 11

    Hobbies: Gym, basketball, listening to music, reading, sleeping.

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is... to have an impact on the local community and hopefully contribute in some way back to the hospital.

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are... to make the RCH a better and friendlier hospital and help RCH make a better contribution to helping the local community

    Dylan Cutinho

    Age: 15

    School/year: St Bernards College, year 9

    Hobbies: Air Force Cadets, computers/technology

    My experiences with the RCH are... I have been a patient from the age of 5

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is... I wanted a new experience and this seemed like it is fun.

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are... I want to make the hospital better and help in whatever way I can.

    Emily Armour

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    Jesse Emmanuele

    Age: 16 

    School/year: Year 11

    Hobbies: Video games, playing the keyboard/piano hanging out with friends/family, watching Supernatural.

    My experiences with the RCH are... I came here as a baby but haven't been going to the hospital that much for appointments until 2013.

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is... I was invited to the 2011 Youth Forum and was the earliest person to arrive so everyone from the YAC was very welcoming and decided to give YAC a go!

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are... I would like to get my voice heard and help the hospital in anyway I can.

    Lauren Scott

    Age: 12

    School/year: Year 7

    My experiences with the RCH are... I am a patient who has been coming here for most of my life. Generally I am an outpatient, but soon I will be staying as an inpatient for a short while.

    Madelyn Trinh

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    Mary Cousinery

    Age: 21

    Hobbies: Playing Saxophone

    My experiences with the RCH are... Past patient at RCH from birth to adolescence

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is... This group provides the perfect opportunity to share my past RCH experiences with other young people who have/had experiences with RCH too. Also, YAC's aim spoke to me: enabling young people to speak up and be heard. Having a voice is very empowering, especially in a hospital setting in terms of care at the RCH and YAC provides the opportunity to not let any voice go unheard. 

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are... Hoping that there are more youth-based events in the hospital in the near future, which discuss pressing issues that young people may have in today's society. Also, as RCH continues to provide great care for children and young people, I hope that young people are able to be actively involved in future changes the hospital may undergo to ensure constant support and care for patients of this hospital.

    Matt Sheean

    Age: 19 

    Hobbies: Basketball, volunteering

    My experiences with the RCH are... coming since 1994 to 2010 and joined the YAC in 2010.

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is... to make a difference!

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are... just to make the RCH a better hospital.

    Miranda Van Groningen (Communications Officer)

    Age: A ripe old 21

    Hobbies: Learning, reading, talking, walking and working.

    My experiences with the RCH are... As a patient from the age of 14-19, I had a huge deal to do with the RCH. I was an inpatient for a number of months as well as receiving care from the outpatient unit for subsequent years. I found the team to be amazing - incredibly helpful, caring, understanding and knowledgable. I wouldn't have made it through without the beautiful staff or friends that I made through my experience.

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is... I decided to join because the hospital had given me so much - time, energy and resources - and I wanted to give back, even if in a minor way. After the inception of the YAC in an old tired building years ago, we have grown from strength to strength, to the point of great influence. I'm so proud to be a member and a representative for an amazing initiative.

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are... I would love to see more of an adolescent space within the hospital, and some grander inspiration on the Kelpie Ward. I would also like to promote further opportunities for people to gain experience within the hospital and become involved in its running, promotion and treatment. I believe that the community has a great deal to offer, and that the patients voice is invaluable in assisting the hospital to grow and flourish.

    Olivia Wynne

    Age: 19

    Hobbies: helping people, learning new things, buying things

    My experiences with the RCH are... as an inpatient around Christmas 2009 for Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome. The experience was as good as expected (good but not great ((obviously the ideal experience is to not be needed there at all))

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is... I wanted to help other kids going through what I did, to make it smooth and less confronting for them. I wanted to help the unheard voices of the kids be heard.

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are... better communication between everyone in and around the hospital environment and to lessen the extremity of how daunting hospital can be and to make visiting the hospital a less anxious and more relieving place.

    Shannon Dance

    Age: 20

    School/year: Victoria University, year 13

    Hobbies: Reading, video games, field hockey

    My experiences with the RCH are... I have been on the YAC since the beginning and it has been a crazy rollercoaster of happenings which have made my experience of the people and environment so awesome.

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is... Back in 2008 I saw a poster about getting my voice heard, I stayed on because the RCH has centrally looked after my health care for most of my life and I simply want to give back.

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are... I just want to help the hospital to be more adolescent friendly, generally any change is a good change.

    Tailah Griffin

    Age: 21

    School/year: 2nd year Biomedicine student, University of Melbourne

    Hobbies: Science, reading

    My experiences with the RCH are... my sister was a regular patient at the hospital from an early age, which allowed me to spend significant amounts of time in the hospital, also from an early age.

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is... I decided to join the Y@K in order to give something back to the hospital, and to share my experience as the sibling of a patient.

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are... I hope to contribute to the improvement of clinical care, and the hospital experience in general for patients and their families.

    Zak Hanyn

    Age: 16

    School/year: Princes Hill Secondary College, Year 11

    Hobbies: Cooking, Reading, The Arts, Law & Magic Tricks

    My experiences with the RCH are... I am a long term patient of The Royal Children's Hospital. I have a chronic illness which brings me to the hospital frquently. If I could choose whether or not to keep my chronic illness, I would choose to keep it without a second thought. I have learnt so much and I have had experiences that no other teenager would have had. One of the benefitis from my condition is that I felt empowered & motivated to join The Youth Advisory Council which was only made possible because of my illness.

    Why I decided to join Youth at the Kids is... I decided to join The Youth Advisory Council because I want to give back to The Royal Children's Hospital & my community. I am passioante about social change, I have strong opinions & I think that The Youth Advisory Council will aid me in having my voice & many other young people's voices heard.

    Changes I hope to make at the RCH are... I would love to make the hospital a more adolescent friendly space & improve the quality of care for people of all ages. Although, at the end of the day as long as I strive to make a positive difference to a young person's visit at The Royal Children's Hospital, I will be satisfied & happy!