NOONGAR Elder Dianne Ryder has earned national recognition for her commitment to improving the lives of indigenous people.
Ms Ryder, a member of St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals’ Aboriginal community reference group, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent National Naidoc Awards.
“One of my proudest achievements is running the Swan Aboriginal Community Christmas Party, which is run entirely by volunteers and last year saw more than 900 people come together as a community at Midvale Oval,” she said.
“This event is where I see and where everyone can feel a real sense of reconciliation.”
Ms Ryder said being part of the St John of God reference group was a continuation of her ongoing commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Midland.
“This stems from my involvement with Moort Boodjari Mia, which is now based at the hospital and supports young Aboriginal women during their pregnancy,” she said.
“The service makes a huge difference to the lives of the women and their families.
“For me, getting the right assistance for young Aboriginal mums means the kids will have the right start in life and it is wonderful to see this program continuing and supported at the hospital.”
Dianne Ryder receives her award from SJOG Midland Public Hospital director of Aboriginal health Christine Clinch.