Abi is 20-years-old and grew up in the small town of Yeppoon, land of the Darumbal people. She currently lives in Brisbane, Queensland where she studies a Bachelor of Arts majoring in international relations at the University of Queensland.
With a diverse background in the nonprofit space, she currently works for Youngcare as their volunteer coordinator. Abi also runs her own business as a mental health advocate and works with a variety of organisations in this space.
Abi is incredibly passionate about increasing access to mental health services for regional and rural young people. She hopes to use her own experiences to create awareness and fix gaps in clinical services and to reduce stigma associated with mental ill-health. Abi is an advocate for an intersectional, holistic approach to youth mental health.
Seeing the toll that mental-ill health had on both her own family and her broader community motivated her to become an advocate for this issue. Now, Abi hopes to combine her passions for politics and youth mental health to create real impact to the lives of those with mental-ill health.