Heidi currently works as a public health researcher in Drug Health Services at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. The qualitative and ethnographic research she has conducted over several years has focussed on injecting drug use, the health of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, providing health services to vulnerable populations and the impact of homelessness and housing on health.
Her connection to the NCCG was initially through her husband Peter Coupland who worked as a counsellor and Board member. Since his death in 2015, Heidi and her two teenage daughters now have personal experience of the profound impact of grief on a family and the invaluable support provided by the NCCG. Heidi is keen to help ensure the NCCG continues to provide high quality bereavement support to families into the future.
Heidi also spent 15 years working as an occupational therapist in Australia and the UK. She has worked in school, community and hospital settings, with people of all ages including students with learning difficulties, young adults with acquired brain injuries, strokes and other neurological problems. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Public Health and a PhD from UNSW.