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Geoff Sharp, MC: In closing this little session off, let me ask you a question. In this room we've got a lot of people who are caring for an awful lot more people and they're kind of the invisible participants in today. If you could talk to them, what would you tell them in terms of going on to University? What have you learned that you would love to be able to share with other people that may be in the same situation as you're in or completely, because we know there's that many stories and there's no one description. There's so many descriptions in this area. What would you say? I know you didn't get a notice of that, but if you feel comfortable, would you be able to express what you would say?

Jodie: Being resourceful. You have to kind of dig for information on support currently. I didn't realise I had support until I got to University. So, I think it's just about thinking outside the box on where you can get scholarships or grants or encouraging educators to source these things out too. I had a scholarship once when I was in primary school to go to a private college. I didn't end up going because I got a permanent care placement, but I had to get the teacher to get the supervisor for the exam to come to the school, because I couldn't leave the school because I was a ward of the state.

Geoff Sharp, MC: Okay. Anything you would add to ...

Claire: I would probably go with three things. Always do something for their esteem. For building up their esteem and secondly, to always have determination and never give that up and probably the most important thing I think would be, belief that that can. Because if you saw me walking down the street, you wouldn't think that I'm the sort of person who failed multiple years of high school or that with Federation Square is, I used to live there. I used to sleep there at night, so and I'm where I am. When I walk through a room, no one sees that and when I shared on Facebook that I was speaking here today, people said to me, "But why? Why would you speak somewhere like that?" I think that the belief that anything is possible is if anybody could take that away from today, that would probably be the one thing that I'd like to share.

Geoff Sharp, MC: Thank you.

Erica: For me there's just no that there's support networks and they might not be seen to you or you might not even know that you're in one at the time when you are in one, that might come through University or the opportunities that you find because of attending University or something similar. There's option is to engage with organisations and things that you're passionate about. This isn't my first opportunity to speak on something similar to this and I'm really proud of that, that I get to help educate others to do those things because of the opportunity of the step that I took. Then just secondarily like, if you are in a moment of like struggle, look around you and identify like one or two people that are there with you.

They will be there with you. They might be hard to find. It might be in a sports community or something like that. There's a lot of empowering organisations out there that you don't even know exist and it's really excellent when you find those around yourself and you didn't know you had them. Sports teams I can vouch for for sure. Thank you.

Geoff Sharp, MC: Judy, Erica, Clare, thank you so much for taking the time to share. There's a lot of people that described the worst fear in life is public speaking. To actually be up on a stage in front of a group of people to share in the way that you've done, that's inspired us, that's made us think about what we're doing that's challenged us. Your resilience, your bravery and just being willing to come and share. Thank you so much. We really, really appreciate it.

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