Testimonials – 2021

My name is Giembra Manning. I am a mother to five boys and I am a proud Kuku Yalanji woman from Mossman, North Queensland. I attend the Australian Catholic University as an away from base student, currently completing my Degree in Midwifery.  By becoming a midwife, I want to be able to support indigenous women to feel culturally safe and supported during birth and beyond.  This scholarship will help relieve the financial burden at home whilst I am studying. As an away from base student, I must travel to residential blocks and placements throughout the year.  It will also help with things like travel, uniforms and textbooks.

Giembra Manning

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2021

My name is Selena Hartman and I am studying for a Bachelor of Midwifery at Flinders University. As someone who has worked in the health sector for a long period of time, it has always been my aspiration to become a midwife. The support of this scholarship will help me to support my family while I focus on my studies. It will allow me to reduce my working hours significantly to focus on completing my course. 

Selena Hartman

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2021

  1. My name is Tiala Nona. I am a proud Torres Strait Islander woman from Tully, Far North Queensland. I am a mother to a beautiful boy and currently in my first year of Bachelor of Midwifery at the Australian Catholic University through the away-from-base program. This scholarship will help me to fulfill my dram and passion of becoming a midwife. It will go towards purchasing textbooks, uniforms and other essential study items.
Tiala Nona

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2021

My name is Courtney Peleseuma, I am a 39-year-old mother of six children. I am a first year full-time away-from-base midwifery student through the Australian Catholic University. This scholarship will help me to pay for textbooks, study materials and a replacement for my broken laptop.

Courtney Peleseuma

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2021

I am a proud Gamilaroi woman attending UTS for my Bachelor of Midwifery. I am passionate about Indigenous women’s health, and I plan to use my career to help improve the outcomes for Indigenous women and their babies. This scholarship will allow me to take on additional clinical placements in regional and rural Australia and give me the experience working in and with the community that I need to make a difference.

Camille Smith

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2021

My name is Cassie and I am a mum to three boys, aged ten, eight and six years old. Now they are all at school, I am following my passion of becoming a Midwife. I am an away from base student studying at ACU in Brisbane. I have recently completed my first hospital placement which proved to me I have chosen the right field. I loved every minute of it and cannot wait to be a qualified midwife providing appropriate and culturally safe care to all women. This scholarship will greatly assist me with the cost of living whilst I study full time. I will be able to significantly reduce my working hours in paid employment to ensure I provide myself with sufficient time for my studies.

Cassandra Virgen

Category A ($5,000) Scholarship Recipient, 2021

My name is Kylie and I am a proud Yorta Yorta woman, studying my second year of Midwifery at Griffith University. I am a mother to four children and currently work in the Jajumbora Midwifery Hub. This scholarship will assist me to continue in my desire to become an identified midwife and work with my people in a culturally safe way. It will allow me to focus on my studies, allocating more quality time to finish the degree.

Kylie Leslie

Category A Scholarship, 2021

I am a proud Barkindji woman and Registered Midwife. I work for Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service in the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership program. In my role, I provide support and education to Aboriginal families from Pregnancy through to the child’s 2nd birthday. This scholarship will allow me to attend the CATSINAM Conference and reconnect with my fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait nurses and midwives.

Rachel Whiting

Category B Scholarship, 2021

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