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Older women are the fastest growing cohort facing homelessness in Australia right now.  Read more in our Advocacy section.

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When I was inducted as the SI National Representative for Australia I made a commitment to assist indigenous women and girls during my term of office and ensure its perpetuity. 
The Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund is a not for profit charitable trust providing supplemental financial assistance in the form of scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to assist them in completing their studies to become midwives and remain in the profession.

About Soroptimist International Australia

Soroptimist International is a worldwide volunteer service organisation for all women

who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.  Through its General Consultative Status (Category One) as a non-governmental organisation at the United Nations, Soroptimist International seeks equality, peace, and international goodwill for women.


Soroptimist International Australia wants to spread our message of hope and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.


Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund

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.​

This logo designed by Leona McGrath, our co-Chair and midwife.


The painting is a real representation of what the scholarship fund is all about:


*  The centre circle (purple circle) is the fund offering support through the scholarships.

*  The purple dots are Aboriginal women wanting to do midwifery.

*  The darker purple circle with the blue dots on it is the woman’s family and support network.

*  The white dots following out are the Aboriginal midwifery student’s journey through their studies.

*  The larger purple dots on the outside are the Aboriginal midwives working and caring for women and families.



Homeless Women Over Fifty-Five

Older women, those aged 55 and over are the fastest growing cohort of homeless Australians. 


Kath Gribble, National Representative SI Australia, opens up the statistics, the winners and the losers, and the effects of homelessness on this demographics for the National Older Women's Network newlsetter . 

Read her article here.

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SI Mandurah Advocates for Women Visiting Australia

SI Australia agreed to SI Mandurah's proposal to advocate on a national scale for the fair treatment of students, backpackers and other migrant workers in Australia, especially women, to contribute to a safe and positive experience whilst travelling, studying and working in this country. 

Please click here to sign the petition

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SI Launceston Advocates to 
Ban The Plastic Bag

SI Launceston advocates for a

National Container Recycling Scheme

and to ban the plastic bag.

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