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Craig Rigney

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Craig Rigney is a Ngarrindjeri man born in Gawler, country SA.

Craig has worked for Adelaide City Council as an Electrician and also the Aboriginal Employment Officer, where the increase of Aboriginal staff was successful and 100% retention rate maintained during his time there.

After the success of the program the Adelaide city council was approached by the Department of Further Education, Employment and Science and Technology (DEFEEST) to mentor and support the increase in Aboriginal student undertaking school based apprenticeships throughout all regions.

Craig then moved to SA Health, Aboriginal Health Branch as the Senior Project Officer.  The role was to scope the health sector and identify gaps in health services for Aboriginal males. The position outcome hopes to influence strategic drivers and polices for better health outcomes for Aboriginal males across the state.

It was whilst working in partnership with Murray Mallee Health in 2011 while attending the Tumby Bay Health gathering the idea of Kornar Winmil Yunti started to grow into a reality.  The obvious need for an Aboriginal male health service and the provision for a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal men were realised. 

Craig is now the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Kornar Winmil Yunti and enjoys every day that he is working with Aboriginal men.