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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 ARE NOW CLOSED!

Applications for 2018 Scholarships have now CLOSED.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

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

Announcements

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

Intrahepatic Cholestasis in Pregnancy (ICP)

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2018 at 6.30pm

We are thrilled to annouce the online webinar ‘Intrahepatic Cholestasis in Pregnancy (ICP)’. This webinar will be presented by Jenny Chambers, Founder and CEO of ICP Support.
More information coming soon!

Poche Centre for Indigenous Health – Key Thinkers Forum “Birthing on Country”

Wednesday, 30 May, 2018 – 9am to 1pm

The Poche Network is holding its next Key Thinkers Forum on Birthing on Country. Please join us in what promises to be a dynamic panel discussion about improving the outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander mothers, babies and communities.

Naidoc week July 8-July 15

8-15 July, 2018

NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

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

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...

Closing the Gap – Prime Minister’s Report 2017

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 Watch the Video by clicking on the button...

Interview with Board Member Hannah Dahlen on Pregnancy Care

Interview with Board Member Hannah Dahlen on Pregnancy Care Recent studies have revealed an emerging understanding of the benefits of birthing relationships through the childbearing process. Creating a healthy mental state through pregnancy, birth and postnatal care...

NACCHO Women’s Health: AIHW Report Download

NACCHO Women's Health: AIHW Report Download Indigenous mothers and those from poor backgrounds are not seeking or do not have access to the full range of antenatal checks during pregnancy, although ­almost all women in Australia had at least one check in 2013. The...

Why we Need to Support Aboriginal Women’s Choice to Give Birth on Country

Why we Need to Support Aboriginal Women's Choice to Give Birth on Country Around 9.6 out of every 1,000 Aboriginal babies are stillborn, or die in childbirth or the first 28 days of life, compared with 8.1 non-Aboriginal babies. Getting maternity care right for...

NSW Health Rhodanthe Lipsett Scholarship

NSW Health Rhodanthe Lipsett Scholarship NSW Health in partnership with the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Trust and the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives is pleased to announce the NSW Health Rhodanthe Lipsett Midwifery...

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

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