Who we are
MCWH is a national, community-based organisation committed to the achievement of health and wellbeing for and by immigrant and refugee women.
||You can read the full version of our Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015 here
The National Voice for Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Wellbeing in Australia
To promote the wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women across Australia, through advocacy, social action, multilingual education, research and capacity building.
|we take the lead in immigrant and refugee women’s wellbeing
||we create opportunities for positive change
|| we respect each woman’s voice, culture, identity, rights and aspirations
||we actively engage with others, responding to changing environments
||we follow our social justice principles consistently and in every circumstance
we actively engage with new knowledge and share our unique standpoint and expertise
Social determinants of health
MCWH recognises that health and wellbeing is significantly affected by a range of social determinants, including gender, race, culture, class, employment status, sexuality, disability, age, and immigrant status.
MCWH is guided by the leadership of immigrant and refugee women in achieving equity and promoting their health and wellbeing. MCWH is committed to listening to, and representing, their voices in all their diversity, and in placing their issues at the centre of advocacy and policy development.
MCWH learns from, and provides education to, immigrant and refugee women following a feminist peer education model where women’s knowledge and experience is valued and respected, and education is delivered by respected and accredited bilingual educators.
MCWH works together with immigrant and refugee women, community organisations, health practitioners, employers, communities and governments to achieve equity and improve health and wellbeing for immigrant and refugee women.
Services for those interested in Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Wellbeing
Health professionals, community workers, students, employers, unions, the general public, can all find access points to immigrant and refugee women’s
wellbeing through the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health.
Our services include:
- Professional Training: cross-cultural and other specific training for employers, community workers, and health professionals—customised to your needs.
MCWH specialises in intensive training programs for bilingual community workers.
- Access to bilingual Health Education and Assistance: MCWH bilingual Health Educators are specially trained to provide what immigrant and refugee women want:
high quality multilingual health education and information in a multicultural context. Our Educators provide health education, information and referral in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner and respond to health and wellbeing needs of immigrant and refugee women as nominated by women themselves.
- Consultation: MCWH is Australia’s only national organisation committed to immigrant and refugee women’s health, drawing on 30 years of experience and expertise, we provide telephone or face to face consultations to community workers, employers, and health professionals, who may have specific questions about working with immigrant women from non-English speaking backgrounds.
- Advocacy: we put the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women first and our work includes lobbying key stakeholders on issues affecting immigrant and refugee women.
- Research: our work includes projects which involve research into issues that affect the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women.
- Capacity building: we provide immigrant and refugee women and those interested in their health and wellbeing with a myriad of access points to build capacity in relation to immigrant and refugee women, and their health and wellbeing.
In keeping with our philosophy, vision and mission, MCWH has created a series of Quality Standards which underpin the delivery of the Industry Visits and Community Workshops Programs and inform MCWH activities in general. MCWH has developed Quality Standards in these areas:
Please click here for a copy of our Quality Standards Booklet or contact us for a hard copy.
- Women’s Empowerment
- Cultural and Linguistic Appropriateness
- Accuracy of Health Information
- Access and Equity
- Continuous Improvement
Quality Standards Booklet (1Mb)