Find out more about our impact on women's health this year
We are the national voice of migrant and refugee women's health
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) is a community-based organisation led by and for women from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
In 1978, we started visiting local factories to talk about sexual and reproductive health with migrant women workers in Melbourne, who were not able to access useful information in their language.
Today, we still visit workplaces and community settings to share evidence based health information with women so they can feel empowered to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing in Australia. We aim to make health information accessible, by reaching women in their language, in their workplaces and on their terms.
As we all know, good health is not simply in the hands of an individual. MCWH also works together with community organisations, health practitioners, employers, communities and governments to increase migrant women's opportunities for equitable access and services to support their health and well being. We do this by building and share knowledge through training, research, advocacy and capacity building.
An intersectional and feminist approach means seeing the many ways women's lives, health and decisions are impacted by overlapping social and institutional forces.
Since 1978, we have worked for the recognition of migrant and refugee women as leaders, experts, agents for change, decision makers and active participants in their health and well-being.
Building a clearly communicated evidence-base and dispelling assumptions around migrant women's health is central to increasing all women's opportunities for better health and access to better services.
Together we are stronger. Building relationships with partner organisations adds value to existing work and opens more doors to health for migrant women.