During her studies at Southern Cross, Ashleigh volunteered in Nepal, assisting community health workers and teaching healthy hygiene practices. The connections she established continued when she returned to Australia.
In primary school we had a teacher come in and talk to us about where babies come from and I actually first helped to deliver a baby from a stocking in front of the whole class and I thought it was the most awesome thing ever.
Since I was a little girl I wanted to be a nurse. The facilities are like being in a hospital especially when you're in a sim lab environment. I think they're first class. They simulate a hospital environment and you get to work with sim dolls and dolls that breathe and they cry and you can do all sorts of things.
So when I was at university in class we actually had the opportunity to speak to somebody who was running volunteer programs in Nepal and I heard about this program.
I was really keen on it so I actually got to go to Nepal and help in Nepal in different communities.
A massive part of studying nursing is that you have to be passionate about it and really want to do it and achieve your goals.