Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Trust – growing like minded networks

The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Trust (‘Trust’) exists to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to complete their midwifery studies and remain in the profession by providing flexible scholarships.

The Trust have a number of key activities, the primary one of which is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwifery students and qualified midwives to work to their potential.  A part of this work means identifying and developing relationships with NGOs and agencies who share the same vison as the Trust.

In 2018 the Trust continued to work with individuals and organisations who share their commitment to closing the gap in maternal and infant outcomes for Indigenous families.  

Some examples include:

  • Securing grant monies totaling $21,000 from Kimberly-Clark Australia to support scholarship initiatives.  A special thanks to Phyllis Harris from Kimberly-Clark Australia for her staunch support and belief in the Trust.
  • Renewed the interest of the Soroptimists International* (SI). Next year will see the SI asking all clubs in every branch of SI Australia to fundraise and make the Trust a priority for the next year.  Further they are planning a series of fashion parades using the fundraising skills of ‘Blue Illusion’ the women’s clothing chain.
  • Closer to home, we again received funding support from the SI Morton North club in Queensland.  The club has supported the Trust for seven years, donating $1,000 each year.  Special thanks Board member Machellee Koziak for her leadership and sustained efforts.

*Soroptimist International is a worldwide volunteer service organization for women who work for peace, and in particular to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

Promotion is part of the Trusts directive and they have some amazing members willing to step up and speak for the Trust.  This year will see Machellee Koziak speak about the Trust and raise awareness and understanding through an invited talk at the SI National Conference in the Hunter Valley in May 2019.

The Trust have said “we are honoured to work with and have support from the Poche Centre, the Australian College of Midwives, Minter Ellison and Pitcher Partners.”

You can learn more about the Trust on the website: http://indigenousmidwives.org.au/


Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander midwives for now and the future

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/or 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 role of The Fund is to provide financial assistance in the form of small grants and scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwifery students, to assist them in their study to become midwives.
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.

Donate today at their GoFundMe page: https://www.mycause.com.au/charity/9538/RhodantheLipsettIndigenousMidwiferyCharitableFund 

Additional information

The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is the peak professional body for midwives in Australia who are registered with, and regulated by, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The ACM’s position is that women be attended during pregnancy, birth and postnatally by a midwife who is registered with the NMBA.

The ACM is a proud partner and supporter of the Trust.  Every year the ACM donates the proceeds from the IDM 5th May Walk with Midwives to the Trust.