Rose Cox is 19 years old and although she may be young she has a diverse array of life experience that many of us will never face or may experience much later in life, having been a Young Carer for over 11 years.
Rose provided care in the past for her father who suffers from Depression, Anxiety, Drug & Alcohol dependencies.
She also has a presence in the disability sector providing care currently, alongside with her younger sister Stella, to their mother who has Transverse Myelitis a rare neurological condition resulting the permanent use of an electric wheelchair.
Rose’s first engagement with the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation was in 2009, when she was referred to the program as a child. Over the past 10 years Rose has attended camps and activity days as a Kookaburra Kid and became the Foundation’s first Young Ambassador in 2014. Rose graduated from the program in 2016 gThis allowed for Rose to give back to an organisation that has provided so much. Since graduating in from the program in 2016, Rose has taken on an impressive role as Ambassador, and since 2018, she has been volunteering at our fund activity days.
She has been an active sitting member on the NSW Carers Advisory Council providing advice to the NSW Government on legislation, policy and other matters relating to Carers and has been recently working with the NSW Mental Health Commission on co-design for Young People in the Mental Health space.
She is also an ambassador for Vocational Education and Training and is currently Studying an Arts Degree Majoring in Public Policy, Law & Government + Public Relations/Social Media at Macquarie University.
Rose is a true testament to the power of resilience, support and early intervention. Her future is bright and she aims to utilise her life experiences to shape the lives of others.