Dorothy Edwards’ legacy lives on thanks to $2000 annual scholarship

Dorothy Edwards’ legacy lives on thanks to $2000 annual scholarship
When Lismore Base Hospital Midwife Julie Whiteley was informed she had been awarded the perpetual Dorothy Edwards’ Midwifery Scholarship, her response was one of pure shock.

After delivering hundreds of babies during the past 44 years and witnessing at least two generations of locals born to then grow into successful adults, Julie’s thanks has always been at the hands of the many appreciative parents she has worked with over the past four decades.

“Me, no you’re joking. It must be someone else,” was Julie’s response to the news that she had been awarded the ultimate accolade of Midwife of the Year for 2015, as well as the accompanying $2000 scholarship.

Julie’s fellow midwives voted to award Julie the Dorothy Edwards’ Midwifery Scholarship, which annually recognises the hard work and dedication of one midwife at Lismore Base Hospital. The award comes with a $2000 financial component to be used towards training and/or conferences to increase the knowledge and expertise of the recipient in the field of midwifery.

Lismore-based paediatrician Dr Chris Ingall stated that Julie was a popular choice.

“Julie is a very conscientious worker and has provided very solid work for many, many years,” Dr Ingall said. “She can now attend conferences in midwifery and training throughout the next 12 months, thanks to the enormous generosity of Dorothy Edwards’ family and her estate.”

Dorothy was the Nurse Unit Manager of midwifery at Lismore Base Hospital for many years before her retirement in the 1990s. Sadly she died suddenly several years ago, with her husband Noel generously seeking to establish a Scholarship in her name.

“I am sure she will be looking down on Julie, whom she knew well, with warm praise and will be very happy the midwives and nurses in the Special Care Nursery will continue to be looked after long after she has passed,’ Dr Ingall said.

“Julie we hope you enjoy your time at the conference and bring back many gems of wisdom to help the local nurses continue their excellent work at the Base Hospital.”

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