Scholarships & Awards

The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund provides a number of scholarships each year to support and encourage Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people to undertake their midwifery education and expand their skills and confidence in caring for Indigenous mothers and their infants.

The Fund’s primary goal is to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous women and babies by assisting to increase the number of Indigenous midwives across Australia.

Categories of Scholarships and Awards

The following scholarships are available:

Category A

Provision of financial support to assist currently enrolled midwifery students to progress with their studies.

Category B

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.

Category C

Provision of financial support to assist undergraduate third year (or post graduate equivalent) midwifery students, with their payment of HECS financial liability.

Eligibility Criteria

For all categories of Scholarships and Awards
  • Evidence of Aboriginality (see guideline notes 1 & 2).
  • Completed application addressing selection criteria and containing all additional requirements (see how to apply).
  • Declaration of any funds previously received from the RLIMCF in the two years prior to this application.
  • Willingness to provide a photograph, profile of yourself and a brief report regarding the scholarship awarded to you, for use by RLIMCF and its sponsors.
  • Your full name, date of birth, postal address, email and day time contact phone numbers.

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Category A
  • Evidence of confirmation of current enrolment (see Guideline Notes 3) in an approved midwifery program in an Australian University.

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Category B
  • Evidence of application /receipt of registration, to attend nominated conference, seminar or workshop.
  • Evidence of current engagement in midwifery practice (see Guidelines Notes 4).

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Category C
  • Evidence of confirmation of current enrolment (see Guideline Notes 5) in an approved midwifery program in an Australian University.
  • Evidence (see guideline notes 5) of significant progress and being near to completion of an approved pre registration midwifery program in an Australian University.

Guideline Notes

  • Guideline 1:    Must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, and be known and accepted in the community in which they live or have lived. For further information go to AIATSIS – Proof of Aboriginality.
  • Guideline 2:  In order to provide evidence of Aboriginality, applicants must provide a completed ‘Confirmation of Aboriginality’ form from either:

    (a)   an organisation incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006; or

    (b)   an incorporated Aboriginal community organisation where all the members of the organisation are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; or

    (c)    a Local Aboriginal Lands Council.

  • Guideline 3:  This document must include the applicant’s name, the name of the course, the year of study and a list of subjects (this can be a copy/printout of transcript, letter of offer or a copy of other university documentation that includes the required information).
  • Guideline 4:   According to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, ‘practice’ means any role, whether remunerated or not, in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a midwife. Practice is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care. It also includes working in a direct nonclinical relationship with clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles, and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the profession and/ or use their professional skills.

  • Guideline 5:   This document must be on official letterhead and include the applicants name, the name of the course, the year of study and a list of subjects the applicant has successfully completed.

Guidelines for Application

How to Apply – Category A

Documentation of eligibility to apply and the required evidence is to be included in a type written application that includes:

  • Evidence of Aboriginality (as per Guidelines).
  • Current CV (no more than two pages).
  • Document addressing the following selection criteria:
  • Current pre-registration midwifery student in an Australian University (includes attaching evidence of enrolment and progress to date (if applicable).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the work of the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund.
  • Demonstrated commitment to completing studies and working in midwifery (explanation of progress to date and/or why you want to be a midwife).
  • Outline of how a scholarship will support you to complete your studies.
  • Outline of other strategies you use, or will use, to complete your studies.
  • Previous experience that you believe will assist you in becoming a midwife.
  • Declaration of any funds previously received from the RLIMCF in the two years prior to this application.
  • Willingness to provide a photograph, profile of yourself and a brief report regarding the scholarship awarded to you, for use by RLIMCF and its sponsors.
  • Your full name, date of birth, postal address, email and day time contact phone numbers.

Applications must be completed in hard copy and mailed to:

 

RLIMCF, c/o Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

Room 223, Edward Ford Building (A27), University of Sydney, NSW, 2006

 

Closing date:

 

Monday, 17 April 2017

 

Late applications will not be considered.

Guidelines for Application

How to Apply – Category B

Documentation of eligibility to apply and the required evidence is to be included in a type written application that includes:

  • Evidence of Aboriginality (as per Guidelines).
  • Current CV (no more than two pages).
  • In approximately 300 words, describe how the chosen conference/seminar will benefit your current and future midwifery practice.

  • Declaration of any funds previously received from the RLIMCF in the two years prior to this application.
  • Willingness to provide a photograph, profile of yourself and a brief report regarding the scholarship awarded to you, for use by RLIMCF and its sponsors.
  • Your full name, date of birth, postal address, email and day time contact phone numbers.

Applications must be completed in hard copy and mailed to:

 

RLIMCF, c/o Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

Room 223, Edward Ford Building (A27), University of Sydney, NSW, 2006

 

Closing date:

 

Monday, 17 April 2017

 

Late applications will not be considered.