Jacynta Krakouer

  • Jacynta Krakouer


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Jacynta Krakouer is a professional social worker and academic, 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. She is currently undertaking doctoral research in the topic of Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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 families, children and their carers at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA). Jacynta now sits on multiple teaching and learning committees at the University of Melbourne. She is also a member of the Home Stretch Expert Advisory Group who provide advice, recommendations and feedback on the development and implementation of the Home Stretch (extended care) initiative to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Professional Details

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Social Work, University of Melbourne (current)
  • Master of Social Policy, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Social Work, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology), University of Melbourne

Area of Expertise

  • Indigenous cultural connection
  • Indigenous child and family welfare
  • Child and family welfare
  • Social work practice with Indigenous Australians


  • Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
  • Member of the Home Stretch Expert Advisory Group
  • Member of the University of Melbourne Department of Social Work Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Member of the University of Melbourne Faculty of MDHS Indigenous Community of Practice


  • Krakouer, J. (2019, July 7). Voice. Treaty. Truth. Pursuit, Retrieved from https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au
  • Krakouer, J., & Milroy, A. (2019, July 5). Decolonising institutions through Indigenous fellowship. ANZSOG, Retrieved from https://www.anzsog.edu.au
  • Krakouer, J., Wise, S., & Connolly. M. (2018). ’We live and breathe through culture’: Conceptualising cultural connection for Indigenous Australian children in out-of-home care. Australian Social Work, 71(3), 265-276, doi:10.1080/0312407X.2018.1454485
  • Krakouer, J., & Wise, S. (2018, March 20). We do need to be concerned about creating ‘another Stolen Generations’. New Matilda, Retrieved from https://newmatilda.com
  • Krakouer, J. (2016). Taking Indigenous culture into account: A critical analysis of an early childhood education program for disadvantaged families (Master’s coursework thesis). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11343/122193
  • Krakouer, J. (2016). Aboriginal Early Childhood Education: Why attendance and true engagement are equally important. Retrieved from https://research.acer.edu.au/indigenous_education/44
  • Krakouer, J. (2016). Literature review relating to the current context and discourse surrounding Indigenous early childhood education, school readiness and transition programs to primary school. Retrieved from https://research.acer.edu.au/indigenous_education/43/
  • Krakouer, J. (2015). Literature review relating to the current context and discourse on Indigenous cultural awareness in the teaching space: Critical pedagogies and improving Indigenous learning outcomes through cultural responsiveness. Retrieved from https://research.acer.edu.au/indigenous_education/42/
  • Krakouer, J., & Meston, T. (2015). Thelma Perso and Colleen Hayward, Teaching Indigenous students: Cultural awareness and classroom strategies for improving learning outcomes. Australian Journal of Education, 59(3), 329-331, doi:10.1177/0004944115602370
  • Whyte, J. D., & Krakouer, J. (2009). Researching social work with Indigenous people in Australia: Across worldviews, across time, across the table. In S. Ramon, & D. ZavirÅ¡ek (Eds.), Critical edge issues in social work and social policy: Comparative research perspectives (pp. 11-27). Ljubljana, Slovenia: Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana.

To get in contact and engage any of the Fellows, please contact the Alumni Manager (Indigenous Leadership) at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health on:

Email:              poche-alumni@unimelb.edu.au

Phone:             03 9035 8185