Jacynta Krakouer (BSc, MSW, MSP Melb) is a Noongar woman who lives and works on Wurundjeri country in Melbourne, Australia. A professional social worker and academic, Jacynta is employed at the University of Melbourne in the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) where she teaches topics in child and family welfare and social work practice with Indigenous Australians. Jacynta sits on multiple teaching and learning committees at the University of Melbourne. She is currently undertaking doctoral research in the topic of Aboriginal cultural connection in out-of-home care contexts in Victoria.
Prior to this role she was a Graduate Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) where she worked on evaluation and research projects about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood education, STEM education and the educational needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Prior to commencing her research role at ACER in 2016, Jacynta worked as a social worker in the child and family welfare field, predominately working as a Case Worker with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, children and their carers.
Jacynta is now a member of the Family Matters Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership group, a national initiative to end the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out-of-home care systems.