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