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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.

2019 Scholarship Winners

The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 scholarships:

Category A ($5000)

Mikhaela Darcy
Denae Nichols
Brooke Toli
Letitia Barty
Eleanor McCall
Casey Morgan

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”

Announcements

2019 Scholarship Recipients

The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 scholarships.

Announcing New Chair of the Trust

We are very proud to introduce the new Chair of the RLIMCF, Cherisse Buzzacott.

Funeral Notice – Vale Rhodanthe Lipsett

Vale Rhodanthe Lipsett With great sadness we have been advised of the passing of Dr Rhodanthe Lipsett OAM, the founder of the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund. Her family have posted the following notice: Dr Rhodanthe Grace Lipsett OAM RN RM (nee...

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

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.

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!

International Day of the Midwife – 2019

International Day of the Midwive – 2019

Sunday, 5 May, 2019

International Day of the Midwife on May 5 is an important day of celebration. It’s an occasion to honour all midwives and what they do for mothers, babies and families around the world. It is a day for us to show appreciation for midwives and help them feel valued, respected and important. This year’s theme is Midwives: Defenders of Women’s Rights; highlighting the important work midwives do working ‘with woman’, imparting strength and empowerment and protecting her right to choose the maternity care she wants for herself and her baby.

Performance Management Workshop: A legal perspective for midwives

erformance Management Workshop: A legal perspective for midwives

Wednesday, 29 May, 2019

Healthcare is a complicated industry, often characterised by high stakes and limited resources. Although there are systems in place to help things run according to standards, sometimes the reality of the work is that things can go wrong.

ACM Live Webinar: Birthing on Country

ACM Live Webinar: Birthing on Country

Thursday, 4 July, 2019

This month’s webinar promises to inspire and transform your understanding of the Birthing on Country Project, as Cherisse and Mel explore why this project is so important and how it will improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes. This is your opportunity to hear about the latest research and evidence on the Birthing on Country model of care, as well as to ask any questions that you might like answered.

CATSINaM National Professional Development Conference

CATSINaM National Professional Development Conference

Tuesday the 24th to Thursday the 26th September 2019

The 2019 CATSINaM National Professional Development Conference will be held in Sydney, 24th – 26th September 2019. Make sure you save the dates in your calendar.

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

How an Indigenous cadetship in NSW is helping close the gap

How an Indigenous cadetship in NSW is helping close the gapMaiysha Craig knew from an early age that she wanted a career that would allow her to help her Indigenous community. As a teenager, she saw firsthand the health challenges that Aboriginal people face everyday....

A Maternal Health Clinic for Indigenous Women

A maternal health clinic for Indigenous womenAcademics and health professionals have put forward a proposal for a technology-focused maternal health clinic for Indigenous women in Bunbury, WA. Many women in the area face significant barriers to accessing healthcare....

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.

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

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