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Welcome

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.

Our Board

Meet the Indigenous Midwives Corporate Trustee Board.

Scholarship

Cherisse Buzzacot and RLIMCT co-chair Leona McGrath at the 17th Annual CATSINaM Conference 2015.

Graduates

Scholarship recipients Cherisse Buzzacot and Shari Pilkington at the 17th Annual CATSINaM Conference 2015.

Events

RLIMCT board members Donna Hartz and Leona McGrath at the 17th Annual CATSINaM Conference 2015.

THE 2018 RHODANTHE SCHOLARSHIPS RECIPIENTS HAVE NOW BEEN ANNOUNCED!

 

Also take a look at our Press Release

“Your support will help improve the birth and early parenting outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families”

Announcements

2018 Scholarship Recipients

The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 scholarships.

Celebration of Ruth J Inall OAM

Celebration of Ruth J Inall OAM On Friday the 8th December 2017, the Board held their annual general meeting and strategic planning day. Upon conclusion of the day, a celebration in honour of outgoing board member Ruth J Inall OAM was held. Ruth was presented with an...

RLIMCF Scholarship Awardees – 2017

RLIMCF Scholarship Awardees – 2017 The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund is excited to announce their 2017 scholarship winners. It was a competitive process and we had some very strong applications. We look forward to the testimonial’s from the...

Upcoming Events

QLD STATE CONFERENCE 2019

QUEENSLAND STATE CONFERENCE 2019

Friday, 8th & Saturday, 9th  February 2019

The QLD Branch of ACM invite you all to attend the state conference being held in Rockhampton on 8th Feb – 9th Feb 2019. The title of the conference is ‘Holding the Space: Standing Together’. This year’s event looks at midwives – no matter where you work, what models you work in or who you work with, we want to know what drives your passion, what motivates you, what troubles you and what keeps you going.

Optimising Fetal and Neonatal Wellbeing Conference

Optimising Fetal and Neonatal Wellbeing Conference

Friday, 22 February 2019

HealthTimes in partnership with the Australian College of Midwives are proud to present the ‘Optimising Fetal and Neonatal Wellbeing’ conference: a day long examination of the role of the midwife in managing fetal and neonatal wellbeing during pregnancy and the perinatal period.

NSW STATE CONFERENCE 2019

NSW STATE CONFERENCE 2019

Friday, 17th & Saturday, 18th May 2019

Save the date for the ACM NSW State Conference on 17th and 18th of May 2019. Wagga RSL Club, NSW. Call for abstracts opening soon!

ACM 2019 National Conference

ACM 2019 National Conference

Tuesday, 17th to Thursday, 19th September 2019

Please join us in celebrating the 22nd ACM 2019 National Conference. The event will be held at National Convention Centre, Canberra from the 17th until the 19th of September 2019. Our ACM 2019 National Conference website is a work in progress and will be available soon.

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards – Embedding Cultural Safety

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards – Embedding Cultural Safety

Monday, 21st and Tuesday, 22nd of January 2019

Overview: CATSINaM has devised a Framework and an associated 2-day training workshop to assist health service staff to implement the NSQHSS within a cultural safety lens. Our framework aims to provide the basis for offering practical, achievable guidelines for meeting the new standards as well as promoting and improving cultural safety at all levels of health service decision making and service delivery.

Past Events

Walk with Midwives – 2017

Walk with Midwives – 2017 This year’s “Walk with Midwives” set off from the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service and ended at the University of Sydney’s National Centre for Cultural Competence. There was a great turn out for the walk and eight Indigenous Midwives...

ZONTA Presentation – 2017

ZONTA Presentation – 2017 On Saturday 25th March 2017, two members of the RLIMCF board, Leona McGrath and Hannah Dahlen, had the opportunity to talk about the Fund to the NSW branch of Zonta. The presentation was delivered during Zonta’s annual conference...

Walk with Midwives – 2016

Walk with Midwives – 2016 Western Sydney Local Health District Midwives organised a walk as part of “Walk with Midwives” for International Midwives Day. The money raised will be donated to the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund. A cheque to the...

Walk with Midwives – 2015

Walk with Midwives - 2015 Established by the International Confederation of Midwives, the International Day of the Midwife (IDM) is an occasion for every individual midwife to think about the many others in the profession, to make new contacts within and outside...

Soroptimist International Moreton North Inc (SIMNI) – 2015

Soroptimist International Moreton North Inc (SIMNI) - 2015 SIMNI made a special presentation of $1,000 to the fund on International Women’s Day March 2015. The “Be Inspired” International Women’s Day allowed us to recognise and highlight those women in our region, who...

Soroptimist International Moreton North Inc (SIMNI) – 2014

Soroptimist International Moreton North Inc (SIMNI) - 2014 During 2014 SIMNI made a special presentation of $1,000 to the fund at the annual “Royal high Tea”. The “Royal High Tea” was well attended by SI Moreton North Inc. Members and guests. “Soroptimist...

Soroptimist International Moreton North Inc (SIMNI) – 2013

Soroptimist International Moreton North Inc (SIMNI) - 2013 SIMNI made a special presentation of $1,000 to the Fund on International Women’s Day March 2014. The “Be Inspired” International Women’s Day event allowed us to recognise and highlight those women in our...

Girl Rising Movie Event – 2013

Girl Rising Movie Event - 2013 On Friday 22nd November 2013, Rhodanthe Lipsett held a movie screening of Girl Rising - An innovative feature film which journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the...

Jean Arnot Lunch – Rhodanthe as a guest speaker – 2013

Jean Arnot Lunch - Rhodanthe as a guest speaker - 2013 This year’s “Walk with Midwives” set off from the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service and ended at the University of Sydney’s National Centre for Cultural Competence. There was a great turn out for the walk and...

VIP Cocktail Function – 2013

VIP Cocktail Function - 2013 Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund – scholarships announced at first official function. Written by Pat Brodie AM, Chair of the Board of Trustees. On Friday 3rd May 2013, to coincide with the celebrations for...

News & Media

Birthing on Country Project Aims to Improve Outcomes for Indigenous Families

Bringing them Home (1997) Indigenous babies are much more likely to be born pre-term than non-Indigenous infants and Indigenous mothers suffer higher rates of stillbirth. A project called Birthing on Country aims to create more health centres where Indigenous families...

Cultural Competence

Cultural Competence Cultural Competence Key to Closing the Gap - The health disadvantages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander…

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (HPF)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (HPF) The HPF 2017 includes a suite of products that give the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia are faring according to a range of 68 performance...

Birthing on Country Position Statement

Birthing on Country Position Statement Australian College of Midwives, Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia. Birthing on Country Position Statement. To read full Article click on the button...

Media Release – Indigenous Midwives Trust Brings Welcome Support

Media Release - Indigenous Midwives Trust Brings Welcome Support Ms Kyleigh Brown-Lolohea is on top of the world after receiving a $5000 scholarship to help her fulfil her dream of becoming a midwife. A proud Indigenous woman of the Gudjal clan, Kyleigh is in her...

Janine Mohamed: Cultural Safety Matters – the Conversation we Need to Keep Having

Janine Mohamed: Cultural Safety Matters - the Conversation we Need to Keep Having Janine Mohamed is a Narrunga Kaurna woman from Point Pearce in South Australia, and is currently CEO of Catsinam, the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and...

Bringing Them Home Report (1997)

Bringing them Home (1997) Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families. This report is a tribute to the strength and struggles of many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people...

Chairperson’s Report

Chairperson's Report - 2017 to read a copy of our Chairperson's Report for 2017 please click on the button below.

Closing the Gap – Prime Minister’s Report 2018

Closing the Gap - Prime Minister's Report 2018 The Prime Minister’s annual report to Parliament on progress in Closing the Gap To read full Closing the Gap Report or Watch the Video by clicking on the button...

Terrified They Will Take Their Babies: Aboriginal Midwives Break Cycle of Distrust in Health Services

Terrified They Will Take Their Babies: Aboriginal Midwives Break Cycle of Distrust in Health Services James Burns has been to every prenatal appointment with his fiancee Kelly Jenkins. She's three days past her due date and her little boy is kicking away inside her...

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.

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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

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