Ronda is a Nyikina women, who was born and raised in Derby and started working in the Aboriginal Health sector within her home town of Derby in 2010, running a pilot program called the ‘Young Women’s Centre’, with funding running out, Ronda and her team linked their program with the Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS) and sourced funding through St John of God to ensure the program had a future and sustainability.
After leaving the Young Women’s Centre, Ronda went into private enterprise, started a commercial cleaning business, and then ventured into the mining sector by being successful with a mining contract which entailed all the shipping of lead and zinc from the Derby Wharf.
This then lead to the purchase of an old closed down shopping centre which became the hub of Derby with 10 shops. Through these opportunities Ronda was able to employ local Aboriginal people to work throughout the business.
Ronda then moved to Perth for her children’s education, where she gained a Managers position in retail with the Speciality Fashion Group. After a period of time Ronda felt the need to re-enter the heath sector.
Ronda started her journey with AHCWA, as the Corporate Governance Officer, leading some exciting times supporting the AHCWA Board, the PAMS Board and the CMSAC Board. Ronda has since changed roles and is now the AHCWA Sector Engagement Officer, and attends all 7 Aboriginal Health Planning forums across WA, is engaged from a local, state and federal level, in helping to change health policy, supporting and advocating for Aboriginal people and their communities across WA, engaging with AHCWA’s 23 Member Services.