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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

New trust fund remembers respected Indigenous midwife

Date posted: 16 December 2011

Sister Alison Bush, a respected Indigenous woman and one of the longest serving and influential midwives in New South Wales, has been honoured with the launch of the Alison Bush Memorial Trust Fund recently.

The Leichhardt resident worked to create a better future for Indigenous mothers and babies.

Andrew Child, director of women's health of Sydney Local Health District, worked with Sister Bush for 40 years at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and said she was a respected role model for staff.

Sister Bush developed a national maternity health training program for Indigenous Health Workers.

The Trust Fund will support medical and midwifery clinicians of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent working in Aboriginal communities located more than 200km from the nearest major obstetric facility. It provides opportunities for medical and midwifery clinicians to undertake clinical placement in Sydney Local Health District for the purpose of updating skills needed for obstetric or midwifery practice.

Governor Marie Bashir, who worked with Sister Bush, launched the Trust.

SOURCE: Balmain village voice


Last updated: 16 December 2011
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