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    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

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    Charlotte Simpkin

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    Derek Huang

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    Delilah Cutinho

    Age: 17

    School/year: John Monash Science School, year 11

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

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    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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    Lauren Scott

    Age: 12

    School/year: Year 7

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    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.

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    Madelyn Trinh

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    Mary Cousinery

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    Matt Sheean

    Age: 19

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    Hobbies: Basketball, volunteering

    My experiences with the RCH are... coming since 1994 to 2010 and joined the Y@K 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

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    Olivia Wynne

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    Shannon Dance

    Age: 19

    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!

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