Leanne Sanders is a part of the Tati Tati, Wadi Wadi and Mutti Mutti tribal lands and language group.
Leanne is a Wayapa Practitioner that combines ancient Indigenous knowledge and concepts into a modern-day Practice that will Re Connect people back into the Earth, to heal the planet and in doing so, heal themselves and others. Leanne also obtains a Bachelor of Health Science Indigenous Mental Health from Charles Sturt University and has 12 years’ experience working within Aboriginal communities.
Leanne is passionate about strengthening Aboriginal culture and connection to Art and Music. The evidence can be seen in the ‘Whatchya Gunna Do?’ immunisation music video – written and rapped by Wagga Wagga teens after a program of four workshops with professional musicians and an Aboriginal Elder – to encourage others to be vaccinated.
It was recognised with the Murrumbidgee Aboriginal Health Award, Primary Health Promotion Award and Arts and Health Regional Award.
“Music and Art is an incredible tool because it helps youth express themselves … They’re writing down their feelings when they write songs, but they’re not even aware that’s what they are doing.”
As a result of the video’s success, Heaps Decent, which was involved in the production and has been working with young people from marginalised and disadvantaged communities since 2007, is continuing to work with teens. In workshops, the teens spend two hours with facilitators making a beat, writing and recording a song.