Aunty Janice Rigney
Aboriginal elder from the Boandik people of South Australia
Aunty Janice Rigney is a well respected Aboriginal elder from the Boandik people of South Australia. She is well known for the beautiful baskets using weaving as a way to teach young ones about her culture and to pass down her stories and skills to other Aboriginal people.
Aunty Janice is on several Aboriginal Community Controlled boards including Aboriginal Elders Community Care Services, Elders Council of SA. Aunty Janice is well known at the South Australian Medical Research Institute where she has been a cultural advisor to Wardliparingga the Aboriginal health unit since it first opened its doors. Aunty Janice has contributed to many policies including the SA Stroke and Heart plan 2017-2021. Aunty Janice is a signatory to the SA Aboriginal Health Research Accord which includes 5 SA universities and peak Aboriginal health bodies to make sure research is cultural appropriate and safe for communities.
It is not surprising that Aunty enjoys her health work she started out as an infectious disease nurse but like many back in the 60’s she got married to a first- grade footballer for Sturt and that was the end of her nursing career.
Aunty Janice suffered two small strokes about 4 years but like many strong resilient Aboriginal women of her elk it has never stopped her.