Indigenous Health Scholarship
Flinders University, SA
Bachelor of Midwifery
Scholarship Awarded 2021 - 2022
RC of Tailem Bend
How will I contribute to improving Indigenous health as a qualified medical practitioner or health worker?
My name is Selena (Nina) Hartman and I am a proud Ngarrindjeri woman from the Coorong and Lakes. I currenty work as an Enrolled Nurse and as a AMIC Practitioner through the Murray Bridge Hospital (part time). While doing these roles I have realised my passion is with midwifery. I enjoy antenatal, postnatal care and supporting in deliveries. Being there for our clients and seeing the strength a woman has at a time like birth is amazing. It is a beautiful experience and I also know there can be heartache as well while doing this job. As a current health worker I am aware of all the issues facing the health sector and I hope that I can help face those issues with the support of my workmates.
I am enrolled in a Bachelor of Midwifery and have reduced the amount of work hours I was undertaking and without financial support it has been difficult. The exposure I have received within my role as the AMIC worker and a nurse has made me realise I could undertake a more active role in this area and become a midwife.
I currently work within the Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network region based out of Murray Bridge Hospital and once I have completed my degree in Midwifery I would look at continuing to work within this region as I have close ties with the community.