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She specialised in infant and maternal health.
Lipsett was appointed of the Order of Australia in 1992 for her services to Australian women and their families.
In 1996, she was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives in recognition of her work for the profession.
In 2006, the Australian College of Midwives created the Rhodanthe Lipsett Award' worth $1000 in recognition of her work.
She published her first book, No 'One Right Way' - a handbook for parents. Nurturing your baby in the first three months of life, in 2004. An updated and revised edition of that book was released in 2012 with the new name of Baby Care: Nurturing your baby your way.
- No 'One Right Way' - a handbook for parents. Nurturing your baby in the first three months of life, Sea Change Publishing, Sydney 2004 ISBN 0-9752494-1-X
- Baby Care: Nurturing your baby your way, Finch Publishing, Lane Cove, 2012.