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Rhodanthe Lipsett’s dream is for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to have improved pregnancy and birth outcomes by having the benefit of care from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwives.
By establishing Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund (“The Fund”) we aim to make a contribution to both ‘a better start in life’ and ‘Closing the Gap’ for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and babies.
The fund is inspired by the stories from Indigenous women in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, where Indigenous midwives provide culturally appropriate care in the same language as that of the women accessing care.
Announcing New Chair of the Trust
We are very proud to introduce the new Chair of the RLIMCF, Cherisse Buzzacott
“I am very happy to step up into the role as Chair. I bring my knowledge as an Aboriginal midwife to the Trust and I was at one point a student and graduate midwife, therefore I understand the financial burdens that come with studying.
I am very grateful to be given this opportunity to support the growth of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce. There is a huge need for midwives, to be able to support mothers and babies with their cultural and spiritual needs, as well as their clinical needs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are best suited for this role. In particular with the work I am doing around implementing Birthing on Country, midwives from familiar backgrounds can ensure women are better supported in a safe and trusting space, by relating to each other’s backgrounds, and needs on another level.
My plans for the Trust are very big in terms of getting more support for funding and the promotion of the Trust. I am optimistic I can make this happen with the support of current and outgoing board directors who have many years of experience and connections to sustain the Trust for many more years.
I would also like to extend a very big thanks to Rhodanthe and others like her, who have worked tirelessly in this space for many years in highlighting the need for nurturing, growing and sustaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Midwives. Although she has passed her legacy will live on in our hearts and minds as we continue this important work.“
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2019
WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN EARLY MAY 2019
“Your support will help improve the birth and early parenting outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families”
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My love of midwifery began more than 35 years ago and I am currently studying the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery at La Trobe University. I have always wanted to work with and care for women prior to, during and after pregnancy in a holistic, woman centered manner.
By Awarding me this scholarship, you will be assisting my progression in becoming a midwife.
Kylie Cowley, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2018
The scholarship will financially support me to complete my University degree and assist me to continue to travel interstate for blocks and clinical placements. It will also assist in the purchase of University material and uniforms. The financial assistance will allow me to complete this last year of my midwifery degree in 2018, and enable me to practice as a Registered Midwife in 2019, supporting our Aboriginal women and families throughout the pregnancy continuum.
Mariah McGill, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2018
This scholarship will help support me to complete my studies through helping take the financial burden of attending compulsory residential school in Wagga Wagga. I would also like to attend the 2018 CATSINaM conference being held in Adelaide this year to be able to connect with other Indigenous nurses and midwives.
Maiysha Craig, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2018
I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery at Griffith University, Logan campus. The reason I chose to do midwifery, was because of the gap in our healthcare system for women in remote and rural communities who do not have the opportunity of Birthing on Country. The infant and maternal mortality rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities are unacceptably high. The financial support offered through this scholarship will enable me to complete my full time study at University, whilst providing for my family as a single mother.
Monique Hamilton, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2018
My goal is to work in remote Aboriginal Communities throughout Australia. I aspire to provide communities a comprehensive and skilled service where I can support and provide appropriate health services from many angles and give what cannot be easily accessed in close proximity of communities. This scholarship will enable me to utilise resources to support the completion of the lengthy placements required to finish my studies.
Emily Sparrow, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2018
I am currently a first year student at the University of Newcastle studying Midwifery. Although I have just begun my degree, this has been an aspiration of mine for some time. I am very motivated to not only complete the degree, but to attain a high grade average. This scholarship will be a great support financially, as the clinical nature of my midwifery degree provides little time for paid work.
Cindy F, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2018
I am in my final year of my Bachelor of Midwifery degree at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. I live in Brisbane, and I am of Aboriginal background, descending from the Gudjal tribe of the Charters Towers region. This scholarship will help ease the financial pressure placed on myself and family, as I complete my studies, and will also allow me to attend some courses through the Australian College of Midwives.
Kyleigh Brown-Lolohea, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2018
Midwifery has been a passion of mine since an early age, and the scholarship will allow me to focus on my studies without the financial burden. It will allow me to successfully complete my postgradute degree and then I can give knowledge back to my community by assisting in the education of student nurses, by providing education on Aboriginal people and communities. With the assistance of this scholarship, I will be able to carry out my goal by continuing in my degree successfully.
Lilly Collard, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2018
I have been working in the midwifery field as a student midwife/ Registered Nurse, since February 2018, and I absolutely love it. It is everything I hoped it would be, and more. I love being able to care for women and their babies. This scholarship will support me financially to continue studying this degree, which will allow me to make a positive contribution to the Indigenous community by being an active participant in making Indigenous women feel safe and empowered throughout their child birthing experience.
Tamara Glumbic, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2018
Being a past successful applicant, I know how beneficial this scholarship is to my Midwifery studies. Last year the scholarship allowed me to take part in professional development, and also purchase text books and study materials that increased my knowledge and improve my midwifery practice. This year, the scholarship will eliminate the financial stress associated with University, so I can focus on strengthening my midwifery knowledge. The scholarship will also allow me to attend the 2018 CATSINaM Conference in South Australia. This conference always boosts my depth of understanding of Indigenous Health and the practices I can implement into my care when working with Indigenous women and their families.
Taneeka Hyatt, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2018
The Rhodanthe fund scholarship will allow me to further my knowledge in the field of Midwifery by enabling me to attend a "Spinning Babies" workshop. This workshop looks as physiological aspects to assist natural birth by body manipulation and movement. By attending this work shop I will be able to benefit my workplace, as well as professional practice.
Danielle Cameron, Category B Scholarship Recipient, 2018
This scholarship will enable me to attend the 2019 Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference, which is highly regarded and demonstrates best practice quality health care examples across Australia and abroad. This conference is a fantastic opportunity to network with other Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Midwives and improve the work we do back home in our own communities.
Karinda Taylor, Category B Scholarship Recipient, 2018
I am in my 4th year of practice since graduating as Registered Midwife at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne. I also have been working for the last 14 months in a research role at La Trobe University, on a NHMRC funded partnership project exploring continuity of midwife care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Victoria. In April his year, I submitted an application to enroll in a Master of Applied Science (research) focusing on the experiences and outcome if the women. This scholarship will enable me to attend the annual CATSINaM conference in Adelaide, where I have been invited to present an update on the current status of my research project.
Pamela McCalman, Category B Scholarship Recipient, 2018
In my role at the Royal Women's Hospital, I work closely with women from all backgrounds, but particularly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and families. This scholarship will allow me to attend the 2018 CATSINaM conference in Adelaide. Attending this conference will allow me to gain more knowledge and information about what approaches are being made to improve the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and how I can work to integrate that into my daily practice.
Tanisha Springall, Category B Scholarship Recipient, 2018