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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...

My name is Brittney, my Aboriginal name is “Jarrak” which means red ochre, given to me to by grandfather. I am a proud Kamu and Gurindji woman from Katherine, NT.   This scholarship will assist me with financial difficulties I face as a full-time student such as; transportation fees, midwifery uniforms and equipment, rural placement accommodation, and stationery for my studies.

Brittney Campbell - Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2020

I am a proud Kamilaroi women from St George, Qld. I am in my first year of a Bachelor of Midwifery at the Australian Catholic University through the Indigenous Away from Base Midwifery Program.    This scholarship will support me to complete my studies by helping with the financial costs that are associated with University such as; textbooks, uniforms, travel and clinical placement.  

I am very appreciative of being successful in receiving this scholarship and look forward to the next two and half years of my degree with the support of the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund.

Casey Smith - Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2020

I am currently studying the Indigenous Bachelor of Midwifery through the Australian Catholic University. I am a proud Gomeroi woman and I have 6 beautiful girls. My ultimate goals for achieving Midwifery is so that I can work with women and their families during moments of profound transition and change, I want to be able to empower women to make choices about their bodies that bring them health, confidence and strengths.

The scholarship will assist me financially with purchasing the required textbooks for my current and future units while studying Midwifery. The scholarship will also help me with travel and equipment to complete my Course. The scholarship will reduce the stress and burden on my family by allowing me to keep my financial income being spent where it needs to be while using my scholarship for my studies.

Katie-Jane Squires - Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2020

My name is Kiara Burns, I am a proud Gimuy Wullaburra Yidinji woman from Cairns, Far North Queensland. I grew up in both Yarrabah and Cairns as a child but spent the rest of my schooling years in Cairns with my Mum.  Currently I work as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker at a large Aboriginal Medical Service and this year I have finally set out to complete a degree in Midwifery.

This scholarship will assist me by easing the financial pressure of childcare and educational supplies such as textbooks and medical equipment I will require for clinical placements.

Kiara Burns - Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2020

My name is Monique Mennie and I am a Bundjalung woman, but I was born and raised in Newcastle on Awabakal Country. I am a single mother of two children who are 11 and 4, both boys. I always thought I was not smart enough to attend University, but I have been given the opportunity to fulfil my dream and passion of becoming a midwife through the Australian Catholic University.

The Rhodanthe Lipsett Scholarship will assist me so I can focus completely on my midwifery studies and it will help in many other areas including rental relief, general living expenses, help with university fees, textbooks, internet and childcare bills. By receiving the scholarship, it will ease the financial stress that is involved in attending University.

Monique Mennie - Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2020

My name is Naomi Notting, I am an energetic, ambitious individual who keen a passion for women’s rights in pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I am a mum of three and a proud Gubbi Gubbi women from the Duungidjawu country. I am currently in my first year of my Bachelor of Midwifery at the University of Canberra.

Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial stress around affording essentials to continue my degree, such as textbooks, equipment and uniforms.

Naomi Notting - Additional Scholarship, 2020

My name is Sheree Martin. I am a proud Anaiwan woman. I am currently in my 2nd year of the Away from Base Bachelor of Midwifery through the Australian Catholic University based in Brisbane.  This scholarship will assist me with childcare fees as well as purchasing some new office supplies to assist with my students.

Sheree Martin - Additional Scholarship, 2020

My name is Tyra, I am a proud Bundjalung woman currently living in Sydney to undertake a Bachelor of Midwifery at UTS. I am passionate about being able to make a different to the lives of many, in particular Aboriginal families and becoming a registered Midwife will allow me to do that.

This scholarship will provide financial assistance that will go towards purchasing textbooks, uniforms and other essential items to complete my degree. This will be greatly beneficial as a full time student living away from home and allow me to focus on my studies with less financial pressure.

Tyra McEwen - Additional Scholarship, 2020

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