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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.
2019 Scholarship Winners
The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 scholarships:
Category A ($5000)
Category B ($1000)
Scholarship for Post Graduate Midwives (professional development):
Kyleigh Brown- Lolohea
“Your support will help improve the birth and early parenting outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families”
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My Name is Mikhaela Darcy, I am a proud Indigenous woman from the Kamilaroi nation in NSW. I was raised on a small Aboriginal mission in a remote and rural area. I have 3 Beautiful children aged 21, 18 and 10. I feel honored to be entering my third year of Bachelor of Midwifery and I feel I can be a great role model for Indigenous women in remote and rural areas. I have commenced my studies through Australian Catholic University in Brisbane as this allows me to still work and be a mum, as most of the studies are online which suits my busy life at present.
Mikhaela Darcy, Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2019
I am currently in my final year of the Bachelor of Midwifery at Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast. I have developed a great passion for educating and supporting Indigenous women and their families, particularly within the community setting. I look forward to completing my undergraduate degree, gaining further clinical experience and committing to further study.
Denae Nicholls, Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2019
My name is Brooke. I am a mum to three boys and a proud Berooberongal Woman from the Darug Nation. My passion to become a midwife ignited after giving birth to my second child and became a reality two years after the birth of my third child. Being able to support a woman and empower her to make the decisions she wants for the birth of her baby and watching the strength of a woman at a time like birth amazes me. It’s a beautiful experience.
Brooke Toli, Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2019
I am a proud Kamilaroi woman originally from Walhallow in North West New South Wales and I am currently living on the Central Coast. I am in my first year of a Bachelor of Midwifery at the University of Newcastle. This scholarship will help significantly during my studies to assist with the cost of university resources such as textbooks and uniforms, travel to and from university and practical placement, and the cost of daycare for my son.
Letitia Barty, Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2019
I'm a proud Aboriginal woman from the Kamilaroi nation (Moree, NSW). I have 3 children and have lived in Newcastle for most of my life. I work as an Aboriginal Health Worker in an Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Service. I am currently studying the Bachelor of Midwifery (Indigenous) program through the Australian Catholic University.
Eleanor McCall, Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2019
I am a proud Wiradjuri woman residing on the Gold Coast in South East Queensland. I am currently in my second year of study, working towards completing my degree through Australian Catholic University’s ‘Indigenous Away From Base Midwifery Program’. As part of this program I must travel to the ACU Banyo campus twice each semester to attend compulsory residential and exam blocks. This has created a very demanding financial strain on my family, however I am determined and highly motivated to complete my degree.
Casey Morgan, Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2019
I am a newly graduated midwife working with the Logan Metro South District Health Service in Brisbane. I recently graduated from the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. I am an Aboriginal woman whose heritage extends from the Gudjal nation of the Charters Towers Region of Central Queensland. I have three daughters who I want to inspire to achieve whatever career path they choose.
Kyleigh Brown-Lolohea, Category B ($1,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2019