Emmah Money

2020 South Australian Local Hero, Cystic fibrosis ambassador & author


2020 Australian of the year, SA Local Hero, Emmah Money is an author, mother, motivational speaker and Cystic Fibrosis Advocate. Emmah lives with the life-threatening lung disease Cystic Fibrosis and knows firsthand the challenges that come with this debilitating invisible disease.

With a life expectancy of just 37, was given up for adoption at only days old after doctors believed she wouldn’t survive. Only day’s before her 17th birthday, Emmah found her biological family by “accident” after they believed she had passed away.

Now in her thirties, Emmah has a list of credible achievements and inspires many globally.

Current Work

An Ambassador with the Cure4CF Foundation, Emmah is an active campaigner, raising awareness through her social media platform, CF Mummy. As well as speaking at a variety of events across Australia, Emmah mentor’s many within the CF community.

Emmah is passionate in raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis; having raised more than $50,000 to support research in finding a cure.

A passionate and inspiring speaker, Emmah regularly speaks in schools across Australia, inspiring students with her powerful personal account about overcoming obstacles including bullying and depression. She has also shared her story with the likes of former US president Bill Clinton and super chef Jamie Oliver.

Emmah published her first book, her autobiography; The Words Inside, at 17, going on to win national Australian magazine Girlfriend, Girlfriend of the Year award and becoming the National Youth Ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis.

Previous Experience

Emmah has won numerous awards including the recent announcement on becoming the 2020 South Australian Local Hero and as well as being inducted into the South Australian Women’s Honour roll for her work for Cystic Fibrosis.

She is also winner of the 2019 Australia Day Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award, 2018 Commonwealth Games Queens Baton bearer and the Westpac CEO award. She cites becoming a mother to her two children as one of her greatest achievements to date.

Emmah inspires her audiences with her powerful account about overcoming obstacles, including bullying and depression, and living with an invisible disability.

Emmah is a great example of what persistence, hard work and passion can do and is a great example that anything is possible.

With a list of to do’s, not “impossibles” Emmah not only speaks from the heart and connects with her audiences, but she also motivates and provides actionable, proven steps in her talks.


Talking Points
Remove the expiry date
Be the one they want to
Making the impossible