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Women make clean sweep of WA Corrections honours

26 January 2021

Pictured from left, Andrea Rees-Carter, Susan Andrews and Andrea Bowen hold leadership roles in metropolitan prisons, while Indigenous prison officer Maria McGinty-Duggan is based in the Kimberley.

All have been acknowledged for engaging and working with Indigenous prisoners to promote culture and community, alongside rehabilitation and reintegration.

Ms Bowen leads the State's biggest women's prison, while Ms Rees-Carter has a senior position at the maximum security men's remand prison.

Ms Andrews plays an integral part in helping women prisoners re-join the community, while Ms McGinty-Duggan helps bring more Indigenous officers into the fold.

The Australian Corrections Medal was introduced to the Australia Day Honours in 2017. Today's recipients bring to 14 Western Australians awarded an ACM.

"These dedicated and hard-working officers richly deserve the honour that has been bestowed upon them," Acting Commissioner for Corrective Services Mike Reynolds said.

"They make outstanding role models for all Corrective Services staff, particularly the many women who serve in our prisons and in the community," he said.

The 2021 ACM recipients:

Ms Andrea Bowen is Superintendent at Bandyup Women's Prison. She served as a prison officer in New South Wales for 18 years, progressing through the ranks. After relocating to WA in 2017 Ms Bowen became Deputy Superintendent at Casuarina Prison, where she was a champion for Indigenous engagement. Since taking the leadership role at Bandyup she has made it possible for prisoners to improve their employment prospects post-release.

Ms Andrea Rees-Carter is Deputy Superintendent Specialist Services at Hakea Prison. She joined Corrective Services in 2003 and has served at three prisons. Ms Rees-Carter has led a number of initiatives at Hakea which made a positive difference to the lives of prisoners, while supporting the training and development of prison officers. During the COVID-19 pandemic she led the development of Pandemic Containment Plan for Hakea which became a blueprint for all WA prisons.

Ms. Susan Andrews is Manager, Family and Community Services at Boronia Pre-release Centre for Women. She has served in the Department of Justice since 1988. In her current role, Ms Andrews has been instrumental in developing and establishing initiatives for the centre's residents, their children and the local community. These have included promoting reintegration through engagement with voluntary organisations.

Ms Maria McGinty-Duggan is Custodial Training Officer at West Kimberley Regional Prison. A Pitjantjatjara women, she served from 2004 as prison officer in regional facilities before becoming a trainer at Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison and then WKRP in Derby. Ms McGinty-Duggan has promoted the importance of the Indigenous community serving in a custodial environment, as well as providing prisoners with an identifiable role model.

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