Media Interviews

The HEA is Australia's national peak home education body. We love to talk all things homeschooling and gladly accept request for news media interviews.

Media outlets can book a time with HEA President, Karen Chegwidden

via her Calendar.

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Karen Chegwidden is a mother of three; her two adult children both gained admission to university without ever having been to highschool, and without a HSC. Karen lives in the middle of the bush in Northern NSW and works as a midwife. In her spare time, she is the President of the Home Education Association - a voluntary role in a national not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting home educators across Australia. As President of the HEA, Karen has developed skills in networking, advocacy, governance, team building, sales and time management, just to name a few!

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Past Speaking Engagements: 


2014 NSW Parliamentary Inquiry

into Home Education

"I LOVED your interview with HAP.... 

It was so grounding to hear such a sensible relatable attitude."

"I love you two. I love and admire this discussion, it really is a valuable topic. Thank you for presenting it xx"


"We are very excited having you as a guest speaker for this session and helping us to be better prepared to support our kids’ education at home."

Red Cross, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

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"The roundtable discussion was invaluably enhanced by the reflections and ideas you shared.


A common theme that ran through the discussion, and which was so clearly and coherently articulated by you, was the importance of accepting the uniqueness of each individual and his/her ‘holistic’ development. I learnt a lot, especially because it came from a position of an authentic lived experience. I also had the good fortune to read your response to the inquiry report. You are doing such amazing work."