Hey I’m Kendall, and I’m a third year Nursing student at Curtin University! Health is my second career and I’ve sold everything from fabulous holidays to fancy French champagne, so…you could say ‘I’ve got around!’.
Most recently, I’ve been working in mental health for the last couple of years, specialising in supporting adults with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, an acquired brain injury, or personality disorders. During that time, I’ve volunteered with AIME, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, because I believe all people should have the same opportunities in education, and because what we learn in school about Indigenous cultures is desperately inadequate, and ignores the depth and beauty of a nation that has existed for over 50,000 years. Plus, young people are a lot of fun and so is AIME.
A big part of my motivation for moving into health is because it had always blown my mind how little people knew about their own reproductive and sexual health (I taught my high school boyfriend to know WHEN I was ovulating, I thought everyone did this) and I absolutely believe that we should encourage and promote open and honest communication wherever we can. I am really excited about the opportunity to be involved with the YEP project, which is leading the country in improving outcomes in sexual health for young people in WA. Let’s talk about sex!