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MCWH is a national, community-based organisation committed to the achievement of health and wellbeing for and by immigrant and refugee women.


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.

Our Values

Leadership  we take the lead in immigrant and refugee women’s wellbeing

Impact  we create opportunities for positive change

Equity  we respect each woman's voice, culture, identity, rights and aspirations

Dynamism  we actively engage with others, responding to changing environments

Integrity  we follow our social justice principles consistently and in every circumstance

Learning  we actively engage with new knowledge and share our unique standpoint and expertise

Our Approach

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.

Education Exchange

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.

Our Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan is based on five pillars: advocacy; research; health promotion; evaluation and best practice; and growth.

You can download a printable version of our vision, mission, values and approach by clicking here

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:

  • Women's Empowerment
  • Cultural and Linguistic Appropriateness
  • Accuracy of Health Information
  • Access and Equity
  • Confidentiality
  • Collaboration
  • Continuous Improvement
Please click here for a copy of our Quality Standards Booklet or contact us for a hard copy.

downloadQuality Standards Booklet


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