Grace Kinsella Women’s Health Memorial Scholarship
The Grace Kinsella Women’s Health Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Grace Kinsella in 2018 by her family. Grace Kinsella was an Aboriginal woman of the Worimi tribe born in 1948. Grace was a nurse and midwife who was a passionate advocate for women’s health, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait women’s health. She initially worked in the Hunter Valley, and later in Sydney, and became the first Aboriginal independent women’s health practitioner in NSW. Grace set up women’ health clinics in western Sydney, in caravan parks, community centres, and shopping centres. She always maintained a strength-based and trauma-informed approach which was very effective in attracting women to come to her clinics for their preventative health checks. Grace will forever be known in the community as a leader to her friends and colleagues, and role model to nurses and midwives who aspired to be just like her.
The purpose of the Grace Kinsella Women’s Health Memorial Scholarship is to provide annual funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait nurses and midwives to undertake the required education to prepare them for employment as a Women’s Health Nurse. The Women’s Health Nurse as a career path still struggles to gain traction in the health field, yet these nurses play such an important role in the community. This scholarship aims to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives to pursue a career in this field.
This year, two scholarships are being provided of $1000 each for two successful applicants. Grateful thanks to Grace Kinsella’s family and the Australian Women’s Health Nurse Association for providing the funding for this year’s scholarships.
Terms and Conditions
If you are successful in achieving a scholarship, you will be required to:
have submitted an application and/or been accepted into a relevant education program to prepare you for employment as a Women’s Health Nurse within six months of receiving the scholarship
provide a short-written report within three months of completing the education program required to become a Women’s Health Nurse
be willing to provide a photo and profile for use by CATSINaM in communications including website and social media.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, you must:
identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
be a full member of CATSINAM
have a minimum of two years post-registration experience as nurse or midwife
disclose information about any CATSINaM scholarship that has been received within the last two years
has not defaulted on the terms and conditions of a CATSINaM scholarship previously awarded.
Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:
Application form is completed
CV demonstrates nursing or midwifery practice relevant to goal of being a WHN
Quality of written supporting information
Applicant explains why he/she wants to become a WHN
Applicant explains how scholarship will help he/she become a WHN
How to apply
In order to apply for a scholarship, you must submit:
Open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are studying or itend to study an undergraduate nursing/health related course at an Australian educational institution.
Up to $15,000 per year for full-time study or $7,500 per year part-time for the normal duration of the course.
14 October 2018
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