Natalie Low

My name is Natalie Low nee Billy and I am a Torres Strait Islander and Papuan New Guinean. The community I come from is Yorke Island (Masig) in the Torres Strait.

My deadly story begins when I was 18 I became a proud mother to a baby boy, even though it was daunting being such a young mother, my journey as young mother moulded me into the woman I am today and that is a strong, independent, motivated, tenacious woman . I want to share this because I hope to inspire other young Indigenous mothers out there that you also can follow your dreams and being a mother doesn't limit your potential to be successful.

I never really knew what I wanted to be until I got a job as a research peer interviewer at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane and the experience of meeting Indigenous women in the community and listening to their personal childbirth experiences to make a difference on their behalf in maternity services provided to Indigenous women and families was very rewarding for me and it was from that pivotal moment that I knew I wanted to get out in the remote communities and make a difference and be an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and get the issues that are affecting our mob heard!

I just recently completed the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program and that was a life changing experience. Hearing other participants raise their concerns about there communities and how it's affecting them and their families made me more determined to complete my degree and get out there in there in those communities.

I am now married and a proud mother of 2. I am currently completing my Cert IV in Community Services and next year I'l be off to Uni where I will get my Diploma and then a Bachelor in Community Development. I know that each step I take will get me closer to where I want to be.