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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.

Announcement – New Partnership

Announcing our New Partnership with Huggies.

Huggies® proudly provides ongoing support as a valued partner of RLIMCF.

Together, we’ve created our special Huggies® Sister Scrubs uniform for First Nations Midwives to wear as a symbol of pride and to champion the need for greater representation of First Nations Midwives within communities throughout Australia, to provide vital care, that reflects the cultures, histories and backgrounds from which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies are born.

To provide the best care for baby, we need to care for the people who look after them too.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2022

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

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

Announcements

RLIMCF Scholarship Awardees – 2022

RLIMCF Scholarship Awardees – 2022 The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund is excited to announce their 2022 scholarship winners. Congratulations to the successful applicants, we look forward to following your success story! 2022 Category A...

RLIMCF Scholarship Awardees 2021

RLIMCF Scholarship Awardees – 2021 The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund is excited to announce their 2021 scholarship winners. Congratulations to the successful applicants! 2021 Category A Scholarship Awardees ($5,000) Provision of financial...

RLIMCF Scholarship Awardees 2020

RLIMCF Scholarship Awardees – 2020 The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund is excited to announce their 2020 scholarship winners. It was a competitive process and we had some very strong applications. We look forward to the testimonials from the...

RLIMCF Scholarship Awardees 2019

RLIMCF Scholarship Awardees – 2019 The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund is excited to announce their 2019 scholarship winners. It was a competitive process and we had some very strong applications. We look forward to the testimonials from the...

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...

News & Media

ANMJ – April to June 2020

ANMJ – April to June 2020 April to June issue of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal

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...

Casey Morgan

I am a proud Wiradjuri woman and mother of three young boys. I am in my final year of study at Griffith University and I work as Midwifery cadet with Waijungbah Jarjums Maternal and Child Health. This scholarship will help me to pay day care and after school care fees for my three children so that I can attend my clinical placement.

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2022

Elizabeth Beckett

My name is Libby Beckett, I am a strong Wadja woman from Woorabinda. I am a mother of three children and I am a second year Midwifery student at Australian Catholic University. This scholarship will ease the financial burden of my household while I complete my studies and allow me to wear upfront costs of finding stable rental accommodation for my family.

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2022

 

Stacey Markham

My name is Stacey Markham and I am an Aboriginal woman who was born and raised on Darkinjung Country. My family is originally from Cowra – Wiradjuri Country and Wallaga Lake – Yuin Country. I am and away from base student, studying at The Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. This scholarship will assist me with my everyday living and travel expenses, while undertaking clinical placement.

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship, 2022

Maryanne Thalasinos

I am an Indigenous woman from Robinvale Victoria, Latji Latji tribe. I am studying the graduate Diploma of Midwifery at Latrobe University, Bendigo. I hope to return to my hometown and support Indigenous women though their pregnancy and postnatal journey. This scholarship will help me with traveling costs of getting to university and my clinical placements, as well as the technology needs I have in order to complete my post graduate studies.

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2022

Rebecca Mabo-Cohen

My name is Rebecca Mabo-Cohen, I'm a proud Dunghutti, Meriam, Manbarra & South Sea Island woman. I am currently in my 2nd year of Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery (honours) studies at Monash University in Melbourne, however, I grew up in beautiful North Queensland. The scholarship will allow me the to undertake two rural placements during the course of my degree, assisting me with accommodation, travel expenses, and any other unexpected costs. It will also support me to buy a new laptop for my studies.

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship, 2022

Sheree Martin

My name is Sheree Martin, I am a proud Anaiwan women currently completing my final clinical placement through ACU Brisbane. This scholarship will allow me to take unpaid leave from my current job and focus on completing my final clinical placement. It will assist with before school care fees so I am able to attend morning shifts. Having very little family support means up until this scholarship, it was essential that I continued to work part time while attending placement to ensure that I could afford appropriate care for my children. It will reduce some financial stress from myself and my family but, most importantly it has ensured that I will finish my degree by the end of this year.

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2022

Amy Sweedman

I am a proud Merian woman from Mer (Murray Island) in the Torres Strait. I am in my second year studying Midwifery as an away-from-base student at the Australian Catholic University. This scholarship will assist me in cutting down my work hours to focus more on my studies and clinical placement and will take some financial pressure off my household.

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship, 2022

Bonnie Foster

I am a proud Gungarri woman from Mitchell, Queensland, currently living in Toowoomba with my husband and two children. I work full-time in a Midwifery Group Practice model of care. This scholarship will allow me to attend the 2022 ACM Conference or continue my professional development with a short course relevant to my work.

Category B ($1000) Scholarship, 2022

Brooke Toli

I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Midwifery at Western Sydney University, and I am now attending a Graduate Certificate in Person Centred Diabetes Care and Education. This scholarship with allow me to attend the CATSINAM National Conference and 25th Anniversary, allowing me to connect with my fellow First Nations nurses and midwives.

Category B Scholarship, 2022

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