The Fellowship of CATSINaM recognises the experience and contribution of outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives for their excellence in improving health outcomes for the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian community. The Fellowship is awarded to a CATSINaM Member in recognition of significant professional achievement within the nursing and midwifery profession.
The Fellowship of CATSINaM is a prestigious award and will be assessed on the basis of the applicants’ professional leadership, commitment and achievements in their profession. A call for applications will go out in June/July each year. Applications will due by specified date in early August.
CATSINaM Members interested in applying for Fellowship must complete a written application addressing the selection criteria below. CATSINaM will also accept applications where a CATSINaM Member is being nominated by another Member. The CATSINaM Board of Directors assesses all applications received. All nominations will be confidential to CATSINaM and the Board of Directors, and only successful applications will be announced at the Annual CATSINaM Dinner (October/November). If they wish, unsuccessful applicants will have the opportunity to resubmit in subsequent years.
Applicants must meet all three of the following requirements to be eligible for a CATSINaM Fellowship:
- Demonstrate commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, including health outcomes or research within the nursing and midwifery profession.
- Be a current CATSINaM Full Member with continuous membership for at least three years.
- Have completed or are currently completing post-graduate study (Masters or PhD) in a relevant field.
Once an application or nominator has ensured the eligibility criteria can be met, an application form must be completed. Each of the following questions must be addressed:
- Why the applicant should be honoured with a CATSINaM Fellowship?
- How does the applicant demonstrate commitment to the vision, core values and principles of CATSINaM?
- How has the applicant contributed to:
- nursing and midwifery as a profession - this can include examples of published work, research grants that have been accepted, project reports
- CATSINaM as an organisation - this includes details such as membership duration, engagement with and contributions to CATSINaM.
- How has the applicant demonstrated leadership within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and/or within the nursing or midwifery profession?
- How has the applicant demonstrated high standards of professional practice - this includes honorary prizes, awards, certificates or acknowledgements received?
Applicants or nominated applicants must provide two written references to support and verify the statements made in the application; at least one referee must be an Aboriginal person and/or a Torres Strait Islander person. They must also attach the following supporting documentation:
- a curriculum vitae
- proof of Nursing or Midwifery degree (i.e. copy of parchment or transcript)
- proof of certificates or awards listed in the application
- proof of publications listed in the application (i.e. copies or current website links)
- a copy of completed post-graduate degrees (i.e. copy of parchment or transcript) or proof of enrolment in current post-graduate study (i.e. acceptance letter and/or transcripts for completed subjects).
The Board will assess all applications in August and reach a final decision at the subsequent Board meeting. Applicants and nominators will receive a personal response to inform them of the outcomes. All decisions by the CATSINaM Board will be final.
What are the benefits of being a Fellow or CATSINaM?
A CATSINaM Member who is awarded a fellowship:
- will be known as a ‘Fellow of CATSINaM’
- can use the post nominal ‘Fellow of CATSINaM’ after their name
- will receive and can display a ‘Certificate of CATSINaM Fellowship’
- will be provided with a badge of CATSINaM Fellowship
- will be acknowledged and recognised as a CATSINaM Fellow for achievements, accomplishments and contributions as a nurse or midwife in CATSINaM’s public documents and on the website
- will be invited to all CATSINaM-led national events
- will be invited to attend Fellowship exclusive events
- has the right to vote at Fellowship meetings
All applications must be submitted to the Membership Engagement Officer. For more information about the application and decision process, please contact the Membership Engagement Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6262 5761.