Supporting Indigenous Midwives

05 May 2016

Midwives across Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) have banded together with the Australian College of Midwives to raise funds for the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund, which will sponsor Indigenous student midwives and their midwifery studies.

WSLHD midwives, supported by WSLHD Aboriginal Liaison Officer Narelle Holden and Professor of Midwifery at Western Sydney University Hannah Dahlen, representing the Australian College of Midwives, proudly presented a cheque to Leona McGrath, the co-chair of the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund.

Team of midwives 

Leona is also the Senior Adviser, Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategy, from the Nursing & Midwifery Office of NSW Health.

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.

The presentation also marked the International Day of the Midwife (May 5 2016), as staff from Auburn, Westmead and Blacktown wore purple T-shirts showcasing their pride in their profession.