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.
“Your support will help improve the birth and early parenting outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families”
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 successful candidates describing how the scholarships will help them in their midwifery career.
Congratulations to the successful applicants!
2017 Category A Scholarship Awardees ($5,000)
Provision of financial support to assist currently enrolled midwifery students to progress with their studies.
- April Collins – University of Newcastle
- Charli Thomas – Charles Darwin University
- Charmaine Lett – Western Sydney University
- Claudia Towers – University of Newcastle
- Courtney James – University of Canberra
- Courtney Joseph – University of Technology, Sydney
- Kylierose Leslie – Griffith University
- Miriam Enno – University of Technology, Sydney
- Rachel Whiting – Western Sydney University
- Renae Coleman – Western Sydney University
- Taneeka Hyatt – Southern Cross University
2017 Category B Scholarship Awardees ($1,000)
Provision of financial support to assist currently registered midwives to advance their professional development in midwifery through attendance at a conference, seminar or workshop related to the improvement of maternal and infant health care.
- Marni Tuala
- Melanie Briggs
- Valerie AhChee
12th International Normal Labour & Birth Research Conference – Cumbria, UK – 2017
2nd – 4th October, 2017
2017 CATSINaM Professional Development Conference 2017
10th – 12th October, 2017
ACM National Conference 2017
30th October – 2nd November 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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Closing the Gap - Prime Minister's Report 2017 The Prime Minister’s annual report to Parliament on progress in Closing the Gap To read full Closing the Gap Report or...read more
Interview with Board Member Hannah Dahlen on Pregnancy Care Recent studies have revealed an emerging understanding of the benefits of birthing relationships through the...read more
With many thanks to the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund and the scholarship (Category B) that I was fortunate enough to be awarded, I will be able to cover many of the costs associated with international travel such as obtaining a passport, travel insurance and as I also want to document as much of my journey through video and photos, will be able to purchase equipment to help me do that. Thank you so very much.
Valerie Ah Chee, Category B Scholarship Recipient, 2017
I am applying for the scholarship to attend the CATSINaM conference in October 2017 in Queensland. It will provide me with an opportunity to liaise and network with Aboriginal health practitioners and clinicians and discuss the issues that our communities are dealing with today and what we are doing as a service to prevent and manage these issues.
Melanie Briggs, Category B Scholarship Recipient, 2017
This scholarship will assist me to attend the ICM in Toronto, Canada.
Marni Tuala, Category B Scholarship Recipient, 2017
This Rhodanthe Lipsett Scholarship will assist me with my studies by allowing me to purchase textbooks and requirements for placement and clinical learning experiences to expand my practice and knowledge. This scholarship will also help me with living expenses, which will eliminate the financial stress that most students experience. I also hope this scholarship to fund my attendance at the 2017 CATSINaM Indigenous Health Workforce & Lowitja Institute Indigenous Health & Wellbeing Conference on the Gold Coast. This conference will increase my depth of knowledge on Indigenous health and how to work with Indigenous women in culturally safe environment.
Taneeka Hyatt, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2017
This wonderful scholarship will help me finish my studies by helping with childcare costs and helping with costs to attend the ACM conference. I will also put some towards my HECS debt, enabling me to enrol in postgraduate studies earlier. Thank you for supporting me through my studies.
Renae Coleman, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2017
This scholarship will assist me to become the best Indigenous midwife I can be, as I will now have the financial means to attend Midwifery conferences through ACM and CATSINaM. This scholarship will also allow me to focus purely on my midwifery practice and my degree as I will not have as much financial stress, and will be able to reduce my days at work. Thank you!!!
Rachel Whiting, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2017
A scholarship would help in many areas including rental relief, general living expenses and help with university fees. There are many costs associated with the Bachelor of Midwifery course. Some of these include numerous text books, the costs associated with gaining compliance for clinical practice like doctors’ appointments, vaccinations and police background checks. There are also uniform expenses and hospital parking. I am currently employed casually but am unsure if I will be able to balance both work and study. During times when I really need to focus on my study, having some other financial assistance will most definitely alleviate some of the pressure and allow me to get the most out of my time at university.
Miriam Enno, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2017
This scholarship will assist me in purchasing the required textbooks. I need uniforms required for placement with clinical environment.
Kylierose Leslie, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2017
The scholarship will support me financially by helping with text books, travel and placement. It will take off any financial worries I have, so that I can focus on my studies. Thank you.
Courtney Joseph, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2017
This scholarship will assist me through my midwifery degree as it can help pay for my campus accommodation, textbooks, my midwifery uniform and appropriate equipment. This scholarship will help me significantly and allow my parents to focus on the cost of my other siblings in school and allow me to be independent and use this money wisely on my university degree.
Courtney James, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2017
With the assistance of the Rhodanthe Lipsett scholarship, I will be financially supported in the fundamental studies I will undertake, and be able to shift focus to ensuring that the goals of the Rhodanthe Lipsett Fund will be achieved by providing flawless midwifery care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families.
Claudia Towers, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2017
The Rhodanthe Lipsett scholarship will greatly assist my progress in the Bachelor of Midwifery degree, which I will use on essential text books, travel to and from University and clinical placements, parking, printing, uniforms and other essentials.
Charmaine Lett, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2017
The Scholarship support will give me the ability to undertake work placement without the concern of my financial stress when I need to take leave from my current position. It will also assist in purchasing learning materials such as text books, Uni uniform and assist in covering my costs in travel such as fuel and maintain of my vehicle so that I can support my follow through for woman who might need to travel to a tertiary hospital to birth which is 2 ½ hours away from my residence.
Charli Thomas, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2017
I am so grateful to be a chosen recipient of the Rhodanthe Lipsett scholarship as it will assist me to purchase textbooks, uniforms for placement, assist in travel cost to attend university and to be able to access library resources along with assisting with living expenses and access internet at home. I’d like thank the Board of Trustees of the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund for giving me the support and assistance to continue my study towards becoming a registered Midwife.
April Collins, Category A Scholarship Recipient, 2017