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Yarninblak launched on the Girraway Ganyi YouTube

Updated: Jan 28, 2023

Now launched!!!

This is the 14th series released by Girraway Ganyi Consultancy.

YarninBlak is a new 2023 podcast series that looks at highlighting the diversity and uniqueness of Aboriginal people living in Victoria.

Episode 1:

In this episode, AJ talks with the wonderfully colourful Ricki Spencer - 'self identifying Aboriginal trans-gender non-binary women with a disability'.

Ricki (They/Them) is a qualified social worker & teacher and current student at the University of Melbourne completing a Master of Learning Intervention, undertaking a thesis on “Do secondary school teachers disrupt heteronormative practices in their classrooms?”.

Ricki is a dedicated and life-long advocate of trans-health & well-being, Aboriginal issues and fairness in education. Ricki has over 20 years’ experience working in welfare provision as a social worker and teacher. They are passionate about local planning issues in relation to access to health and services for marginalized groups in Victoria.

Ricki shares a number of life experiences: transitioning, self-identity and worth, racism, discrimination in finding work and self-recognition and acceptance.

Ricki is Co-Chair of Inclusive Rainbow Voices, LGBTIQ People with Disabilities National Organisation, Community Advisor for No to Violence Campaign, Peer Evaluation member for Orange Door, Community Advisor at Royal Melbourne Hospital & Breast Screening Victoria .... the list goes on.. including Convenor for Sociology of Media and Teaching in Australia for Australian Sociological Association (TASA) as well as BentTV Host.

We thank Ricki for talking with us.

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