Member of the Week - Yvette Quinn
At just 20 years old, Yvette Quinn has an impressive resume. Born and bred in Parkes, Yvette is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at Sydney University, serves as an advisor to the Multicultural NSW Regional Advisory Council and was previously on the NSW Youth Advisory Council.
After moving to Sydney to study, Yvette realised the disparity between the services those in the city got to enjoy versus those in the regions. Having previously met Troy Grant and Sarah Mitchell during her time in Youth Parliament and seeing first-hand how committed Nationals are to regional Australia, Yvette knew the Nats were “the right choice”.
Yvette is an engaged Young National, with her motion regarding Headspace services successfully pass at this year’s Young Nationals Conference in Moree. It then made its way to the Annual General Conference in Broken Hill where it was carried strongly by delegates.
Yvette is an eloquent and committed advocate for Headspace – a free mental health service for those under 25. It provides free psychological, psychiatric and mental health support to this vulnerable age group, who often don’t know where to turn for help, and lack sufficient funds to access services privately.
Yvette’s motion to rectify the lack of youth engagement in Headspace administration was due to the recent funding model changes – moving from a centralised model to one funding by the Primary Health Network. With this modification came a loss of youth consultation in the tendering process for the centres, which can be run by varied organisations.
The service is a vital one and at the Camperdown Headspace, where Yvette volunteers as an advisory youth member, over 500 young people access their assistance every year.
As a Nat, Yvette appreciates the opportunity to meet regional people from all over the state and indeed the country and volunteered on the WA Nationals campaign earlier this year. The experiences have enabled her to gain a better understanding on how regional lifestyles and issues differ across the country, which has only increased her commitment to regional Australia.
For our Party, Yvette would like to see higher levels of youth recruitment, but more broadly, higher levels of informal engagement to let young people see what the Nationals stand for without necessarily having to join and attend branch meetings. She also would like to see the Nationals engage more with the Aboriginal community and make real steps towards having proper representation in our Party.
Yvette enjoys downtime with her boyfriend who hails from Bogan Gate and hopes to bring all her interests together and work in health policy in the future.
Caption: Kate Ottewell (Tamworth Branch), Yvette Quinn (Parkes Branch), Hon Jenny Gardiner, Alexandra Hall (Inverell Branch) and Andrew Fisher (Coonamble Branch)