Change Maker

Heidi Prowse

What do mental health education, cystic fibrosis and new technology all have in common? They are all passion projects for Heidi Prowse, whose achievements are awe-inspiring. She was awarded 2017 ACT Young Australian of the Year for starting the annual Santa Speedo Shuffle event, which has raised over $500,000 for Cystic Fibrosis ACT.

Heidi is the leader of MIEACT, an organisation that breaks down the stigma of mental health through education and training. At night, she runs a small data tech company that also supports not-for-profits and is the primary carer for her husband who has cystic fibrosis. In Heidi’s spare time she coaches a representative netball team who have won their third consecutive ACT championship this year!

Passionate about the community and hungry to learn, Heidi attributes the Canberra community for her energy and drive to make a difference.

“I love that Canberra has a range of industries doing big things. It inspires me to constantly learn and develop myself and my ideas. I have been able to find new passions and connect with others who have the same interests; but who also come from very different walks of life.

“Canberra is definitely the city that you make it. It is full of diversity and opportunity that isn’t available anywhere else. I love that you can connect with a key decision maker at your local shops, be spoilt for choice for how to spend your weekend and be anywhere you need to be within 20 minutes!”

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