Testimonials

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I am a Nyoongar woman from Armadale in Western Australia and after starting a Bachelor Degree of Science, Midwifery in 2011 as a mature age student, wife and mother of 6 boys, I graduated in 2015 and commenced work at Armadale Hospital as a Registered Midwife. I am currently in my second year as a RM and after moving to South Australia for family reasons, am hoping to start work very soon.

I am attending the International Congress of Midwives Conference in Toronto, Canada this year in June and will be meeting and learning with many Indigenous and non-Indigenous Midwives from around the world. I hope to also attend an Indigenous Midwife Retreat and gain important knowledge of how Aboriginal Midwives in Canada have established birthing units that allow Aboriginal women to birth on country with the support of midwives who are themselves, Aboriginal. This experience will be life-changing!

How will the scholarship assist?

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

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I am an Aboriginal woman and descend from the Dharawal and Gumbangirr people. I am married and have two beautiful children. I work full time as a midwife within the Aboriginal community in the Shoalhaven area and am studying a Master of Primary Maternity Care at Griffith University.

I am an active member of the Australian College of Midwives on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander committee.

How will the scholarship assist?

 

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

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Tilgigin / Wonnaruu woman, Aboriginal Liaison Midwife at Tweed Hospital.

How will the scholarship assist?

This scholarship will assist me to attend the ICM in Toronto, Canada.

 

Marni Tuala – Category B Scholarship Recipient, 2017

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My name is Taneeka Hyatt. I am a proud Gumbaynggirr & South Sea Islander woman who grew up in Tweed Heads, NSW. I am currently a second year midwifery student at Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast. I am also currently working at The Tweed Hospital as an assistant in midwifery.

How will the scholarship assist?

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

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My name is Renae Coleman. I am in my final year of the Bachelor of Midwifery course at Western Sydney University and I am looking forward to becoming a Registered Midwife at the end of the year. I enjoy working with adolescent and Aboriginal women in the outreach clinic, as well as exploring different models of Midwifery care and primary health care services.

How will the scholarship assist?

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

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I am a mother of three and have had a passion for midwifery since the birth of my twins in 2013. I attend Western Sydney University and have a passion for Indigenous women and children’s health, and hope to make a contribution as an Indigenous Midwife to close the gap.

How will the scholarship assist?

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

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Originally hailing from Tasmania, I moved to the big smoke of Sydney after grade 12. After 10 or so years in various jobs and travel I reflected on what I really wanted to be doing and what direction I needed to go next. This lead me to pluck up the courage to apply for the BMid course at UTS and here I am, in my second year and am so happy to have made the change. I look forward to graduating and beyond.

How will the scholarship assist?

 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

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I’m currently studying at Griffith University Logan Campus Queensland. I love working with women and seeing the journey they take to becoming a parent. Being with women through this exciting and transforming time is what influenced my choice in studying midwifery. I aspire to be the best midwife I can be for our women to birth in a safe environment free from judgement, discrimination and fear.

How will the scholarship assist?

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

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My name is Courtney Joseph and I am a proud Mum of 5 kids. I am born and raised in Sydney and I am in my first year of Bachelor of Midwifery at the University of Technology, Sydney.

How will the scholarship assist?

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

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My name is Courtney James, I am 19 years old and a Wiradjuri woman from Parkes N.S.W. I am the eldest of 6 and now currently studying a Bachelor of Midwifery at the University of Canberra. I have always had a passion for pregnancy, whether it was watching my mother carry all my siblings or that I have always been around pregnant women and their beautiful babies. I have just complete my first semester and have enjoyed every part of my degree; the classes, education, pracs, seeing my follow through women and the assessments. Once I have my degree in midwifery I plan to return to Parkes and work with my local community and my Aboriginal community to improve maternal and infant statistics and improve Aboriginal health outcomes overall.

How will the scholarship assist?

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

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My name is Claudia Towers and I am a first-year Bachelor of Midwifery student at the University of Newcastle. I wished to pursue a career in midwifery as I am captivated by the vast changes women endure through the pregnancy period, and how these changes create strong, empowered women.

Being a midwife means I can deliver a beautiful service through meaningful hands-on work, and no two days will ever be the same.

How will the scholarship assist?

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

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My name is Charmaine Lett, I am of Aboriginal descent being from the Noongar tribe in Western Australia. I am currently a 1st year Bachelor of Midwifery Student at Western Sydney University.

How will the scholarship assist?

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

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Hi my name is Charli, I am a proud Wiradjuri/Wailan woman from a little country town in the Central West NSW. I am a proud mother of 2 and have 2 beautiful grandchildren, in my free time l like to spend time with my family and doing activities outdoors like hiking and camping, I also would love to do more travelling and exploring around our beautiful country in the future. I am currently studying Bachelor of Midwifery at Charlies Darwin University.

How will the scholarship assist?

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

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My name is April and I am from Kempsey, a small town on the Mid North Coast. I am currently studying my 2nd year of Midwifery at University of Newcastle at Port Macquarie Campus.

How will the scholarship assist?

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

My Name is Chelsea Everett. I am a proud mother of 6 children and 1 adorable grand-daughter. I am studying Bachelor of Midwifery (Indigenous), Away From Base, at the Australian Catholic University. I also work at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre as a Pregnancy Support Worker. To become a midwife and work within my community is a passion of mine.

I am very grateful for the support of the Rhodanthe Lipsett Trust, by receiving the scholarship I am able to relieve some of the financial strain that has occurred.

Chelsea Everett – Scholarship Recipient, 2016

I’m a young Indigenous Torres Strait Islander living on Thursday Island. I’m currently undertaking bachelor of Midwifery studies at Griffith University Logan campus.

The scholarship will assist towards study expenses such as text books, internet and childcare bills.

Maletta Seriat – Scholarship Recipient, 2016

My name is Renae and I am a proud mother of three gorgeous boys. After deciding to follow my dream of becoming a midwife, I enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery program at Western Sydney University. I am currently a second year student and enjoy all aspects of university, clinical practice, and providing holistic support to the women and families I meet.

Being fortunate enough to receive this wonderful scholarship will enable me to enrich my knowledge and practice as a midwifery student and future registered midwife, by attending upcoming conferences and workshops. It will also help cover some textbooks and parking expenses.

Renae Coleman – Scholarship Recipient, 2016

My name is Gwen, I am in my second year of Bachelor of Midwifery at Griffith University. A passion led me to midwifery,  empowering women so they can build strong families.  I knew our mob’s mortality rates are high,  however I  was unaware the infant and maternal mortality rates may be reduced with continual antenatal visits. The Rhodanthe Fund scholarship will help me progress through my studies and focus on becoming a registered midwife.

Once a midwife, I hope to be in the presence of a sister – to encourage her or make her feel comfortable to attend continual antenatal assessments that can reduce adverse outcomes.

Furthermore, be a midwife for all cultures. I want to be there for our women to yarn, to help understand prevention or risks, have nil judgement of her words and provide a positive reinforcement to help her transition into one of the most rewarding roles in the world, “as a mother”.

I am very appreciative of the scholarship funds and thank the Board of Trustees of the Rhodanthe Lipsett Charitable Fund.

Gwendolyn Blom – Scholarship Recipient, 2016

I am a third year Bachelor of Midwifery student with the University of Newcastle. If someone at the beginning of this degree had asked me why I wanted to do midwifery, I would not have been able to answer confidently. However, now, as I progress into my last semester within the program I have noticed the disparity that exists between maternal/infant outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.

This has since been my goal in aiding the success of closing this gap and improving the health outcomes for these women and children, and subsequently their families. With the assistance from the Rhodanthe Lipsett Fund, I shall be able to complete my final year with a hope of great success as a Midwifery student without the financial stresses that a student experiences, but also help close the gap and contribute to the better pregnancy, birth and postnatal outcomes for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, children and families.

Neisha Lee Manning – Scholarship Recipient, 2016

My name is Madeline and I’m born and bred in Mount Isa, currently studying my Graduate Diploma of Midwifery at Central Queensland University.  I studied my nursing at James Cook University and wish to contribute to my career as a nurse and midwife in Indigenous communities.

I will use the scholarship money to further my studies and possess further skills required when working in rural and remote Indigenous regions.  I wish to enrol in the prescribing for midwives course once I graduate and study this while I pursue my graduate year. The scholarship money will be able to fund this course.

Madeline Ford – Scholarship Recipient, 2016

My name is Tyla West-Chong and I am a Kalkadoon woman from Mount Isa, Queensland. I am currently studying in my 2nd year of Midwifery at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

The Rhodanthe Fund scholarship will assist me in my 2nd semester of 2016 with textbooks that I will require for this semesters courses, as well as anything I need for placement. This scholarship will also help me with living expenses.

Tyla West-Chong – Scholarship Recipient, 2016

My name is Melanie Briggs, I am currently employed on a Full-Time basis at the South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation in Nowra on the South Coast of NSW. I am a Registered Midwife and have applied to study a Masters of Primary Health Care by Coursework at the University of Technology Sydney.

The Rhodanthe Lipsett scholarship will assist my studies by allowing me to purchase the required text books as well as any travel requirements that I may need to attend block sessions.

I am grateful for the assistance you are providing for me to allow me to pursue further studies to advance my professional development.

Melanie Briggs – Scholarship Recipient, 2016

My name is Marni Tuala.

I am a proud Wonnarua woman who grew up on Bundjalung country in Far North NSW. I studied Bachelor of Midwifery at Southern Cross University Gold Coast and graduated in 2015. I attained one of two graduate midwifery positions at The Tweed Hospital for this year where I currently work as a Registered Midwife under the TTP program.

This scholarship will assist me in attending the 2016 CATSINaM Indigenous Health Workforce and Lowitja Institute Indigenous Health & Wellbeing Conference in Melbourne. Attendance at this combined conference will enable me to increase my depth of knowledge in regards to Indigenous health and wellbeing in a culturally appropriate space. I hope to consolidate all my learning into my practice as a Registered Midwife who provides culturally safe and holistic midwifery care to Indigenous women.

Marni Tuala – Scholarship Recipient, 2016

My name is Cherisse Buzzacott. I work at the Alice Springs Hospital as a Registered Midwife and also do Remote Outreach work to a large remote community outside of Alice Springs. This is my 3rd year as a Midwife and I am really enjoying the challenges and changes that have been thrown my way. I tutor at Australian Catholic University, tutoring First Year Midwifery students. I have a passion for Aboriginal Health and looking after women and babies through all aspects of pregnancy and post-partum.

This scholarship is going to help me further my knowledge by allowing me to attend and present at the Lactation Consultants Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) trans-continental conference in Melbourne in October 7th to 8th 2016.  As a guest speaker I have been asked to share a cultural aspect of Breastfeeding, focusing on my experiences and knowledge of Aboriginal women from Alice Springs and surrounding remote communities. I have expressed my interest in furthering my education and I hope to connect with lactation specialists in this field to see if this is the direction my career may go. I intend to remain working as a Midwife as this is the job I have worked so hard to achieve and have enjoyed everything that has been put in to my path so far.

Cherisse Buzzacott – Scholarship Recipient, 2016

My name is Sharon Trindall and I am a proud Gundungurra woman studying to be a midwife at Gosford Hospital. I am so grateful for the Rhodanthe Lipsett Fund, it has enabled me to continue studying and afford tuition fees. I am very passionate about working in rural communities supporting Indigenous woman through pregnancy, birth and motherhood, especially where maternity services are hard to access including communities in rural and remote areas of Australia. I hope that one day I can contribute to the needs of the Indigenous people of Australia and am truly thankful to the Rhodanthe Lipsett Fund for helping make my dreams come true and ensuring a better future for our people.

Sharon Trindall – Scholarship Recipient, 2015

Rebecca Barlow

The Rhodanthe Lipsett scholarship has been a wonderful help in assisting me towards my goal of being a Midwife.  The course I am studying currently with Charles Darwin University is an external Bachelor of Midwifery and has clinical training blocks that I have to attend in Alice springs or Darwin and I’m based in WA. There is also a very large component of full time placements to undertake. These commitments place a strain on my financial budget and I strongly believe without scholarships like the Rhodanthe Lipsett it would be a lot more challenging and difficult to achieve these course requirements.

Rebecca Barlow – Scholarship Recipient, 2015

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My name’s Cherisse Buzzacott and I’m an Arrernte woman from Alice Springs, currently living and working in Melbourne. I work as a Registered Midwife at the Royal Women’s Hospital. I am the oldest of three and one of the oldest of many cousins and the first in my family to go to University. My dream is to work in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and South Australia and I hope to one day be a part of birthing on country. Aboriginal women have a lot of obligations and often they forget to look after themselves especially in pregnancy. I was raised by strong women and I think by becoming a Midwife I will be able to advocate for Aboriginal women when presenting to health institutions the way my family showed me to be strong and speak up.

I applied for a scholarship through the Rhodanthe Lipsett Fund and was successful, also receiving a Special award in recognition of my dedication to my Midwifery studies. The Felicity Bundock Memorial Award is in recognition of the first direct entry Aboriginal Midwife in NSW who tragically passed away in 2012. Felicity Bundock’s legacy lives on through this award, her family and the work she has done as a Midwife. This award is a reflection of my passion for Midwifery services and the desire to improve outcomes for Aboriginal women and their babies through all avenues of pregnancy.

With assistance from the Rhodanthe Lipsett Fund I was able to access internet services to watch lectures and tutorials online, research and submit assessments and maintain regular contact with my University in Brisbane. I knew that University was a going to be a major challenge; it definitely was a life-changing experience. Now working as a Midwife the challenges are ever present but the rewards have been great. Moving to Melbourne in January 2014, leaving my family behind in Alice Springs was difficult but the support has been outstanding.The support that’s present from members of the Rhodanthe Lipsett Board is great also and their work is a great step towards Closing the Gap. I look forward to working closely with this group in creating Aboriginal Midwives and supporting them throughout their careers.

Cherisse Buzzacott – Scholarship Recipient, 2013

Koby Elliot

“The Rhodanthe Lipsett ‘category A’ scholarship has assisted me financially with some of the costs involved in completing a midwifery degree. The scholarship has been put towards my HECS debt, which is an enormous weight on my shoulders and cause of stress.

The scholarship and financial support towards the completion of my degree will contribute to increasing the number of qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Midwives, and also increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women working as midwives in my own urban community; and essentially strengthen my community through delivering a higher quality of culturally appropriate care within maternal and infant health care.

Receiving a Rhodanthe Lipsett scholarship has supported me to promote the Fund to other Aboriginal women within my community who might be considering a career in midwifery, and promote the financial incentives the trust has to offer throughout the course of studying to become a qualified Midwife.”

The Indigenous people of Australia and am truly thankful to the Rhodanthe Lipsett Fund for helping make my dreams come true and ensuring a better future for our people.

Koby Elliot – Scholarship Recipient, 2014

Maddison Hobden

“I am a second year Bachelor of Midwifery student with the University of Newcastle. My personal aims are to finish the degree and work with services such as Birra-li within my local community, to have the opportunity to work with Aboriginal families throughout their pregnancy, birthing and postnatal journeys.

My wish is to work in collaboration with the families and other health professionals in an effort to improve the health of these families, and to play an important role in the “Close the Gap” initiative. The scholarship will assist me financially and help me stay on track with my degree.”

Maddison Hobden – Scholarship Recipient, 2014

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“I am a proud Mardu/Yamaji woman born in Geraldton, Western Australia. Becoming a midwife is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. So as a mature age student (after having my three children) I started my journey. In 2012 I graduated as a Registered Nurse from Edith Cowan University and completed my Graduate program at Osborne Park Hospital in 2013. During my graduate year I was nominated for “Graduate of the Year” in the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence awards and I went on to win! That was a very exciting time in my short career. I personally believe that doing general nursing before embarking into Midwifery would hopefully help me to become a better Midwife, as it has given me a good foundation in dealing with patients and their families. I am now at Edith Cowan University again, training to become a Midwife.”

Shari Pilkington – Scholarship Recipient, 2014

Tamara Jones

“My name is Tamara Jones. I am a 3rd year Bachelor of Midwifery student at Southern Cross University. I live in Broken Hill NSW and am a mother of 5 beautiful children. I’m a Noongar woman from Perth Western Australia, and have a passion for Midwifery.

My goal is to become a midwife that engages Indigenous women and their families by informing them of their choices and incorporating cultural appropriateness into this practice. I want women to feel that they are wonderful and amazing and that they are in control of their bodies. I also want to promote and encourage positive feeding and sleeping patterns so that parents can manage early parenthood without too much stress.

The Rhodanthe Lipsett Scholarship will assist me by helping me to attend my clinical placements which I travel 1300Kms to Coffs Harbour Health Campus to complete.”

Tamara Jones – Scholarship Recipient, 2014