NOFASD is pleased to announce that Kymberley McKay ACM is now a Board Member on the NOFASD Board of Directors! He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the Justice system to our organisation, for which we are extremely grateful.
Kym McKay has been employed by the Department of Justice, Corrective Services since 2012, and is the Superintendent at Boronia Pre-release Centre for Women, Western Australia. Currently, Kym also holds the position of Assistant Commissioner for Women and Young People.
Boronia Pre-release Centre for Women delivers a philosophy-driven model that is focused on providing every woman an opportunity to maximise their potential to positively, confidently and safely re-enter the community. Boronia delivers trauma-informed services to a minimum-security female prisoner cohort and their children, in a community-focused therapeutic setting. Boronia was opened in May 2004 and since then has become internationally recognised for service provision in the justice environment.
Kym commenced his career in justice with Western Australian Police, before transitioning to the private sector and then Corrective Services during the inauguration of the West Kimberley Regional Prison. Kym’s strong connection with the Kimberley Region has driven his interest in improving the lived experience of people in contact with the justice system. He became aware of the long-term harms of prenatal alcohol exposure and has actively supported the growth of FASD-informed service delivery. This has included promoting the role of men in pre-birth planning, healthy pregnancy and early childhood development.
Kym has developed a broad level of experience within justice by delivering managerial oversite at multiple Adult Correction facilities including Bandyup Women’s Prison, Broome Regional Prison and Boronia Pre-release Centre for Women. This led to him being awarded the 2016 Commissioner’s Leadership Award for excellence in recognition of outstanding service to WA Corrections, and in 2018 he was Western Australia’s inaugural recipient of the Australian Correction Medal for service excellence in the Australia Day Honours Roll.
Kym is committed to increasing recognition of FASD in justice settings to provide better service and more effective pre and post release planning.
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