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Policy

Building a healthy future for migrant women in Victoria forum

    Making links between research, practice and policy is always satisfying. That’s exactly what we achieved at the MCWH ‘Building a healthy future for migrant women in Victoria’ forum yesterday. Facilitated by award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Santilla Chingaipe, the forum brought together key members of government, health organisations and community leaders to discuss how …

Submission to the Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education

Submission to the Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education Inquiry into the future of stillbirth research and education in Australia This submission has been developed by the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH), the national voice for immigrant and refugee women’s health and wellbeing. MCWH is a Victorian women’s health service established in 1978 …

Beyond the baby blues: Submission to the Victorian Family and Community Development Committee Public Inquiry into Perinatal Services

On the one hand, motherhood may seem like one of the most natural things in the world. On the other, it all seems like hard work when the popular benchmarks for motherhood success are ‘yummy mummies’, backyard blitz homes and bouncy, shiny children. While the lived reality of mothering might lie somewhere in between, we …

Submission to the Victorian Family and Community Development Committee Public Inquiry into Perinatal Services

This submission has been developed by the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH), the national voice for immigrant and refugee women’s health and wellbeing. The term ‘immigrant and refugee’ refers to people who have migrated from overseas, and their children. It includes people who are a part of both newly emerging and longer established communities, …

Saying ‘Yes’ to equal rights and health

If you’ve been following the national news lately you’ll be aware that next week there will be a High Court decision which will advise Australians about whether we will be heading to the (postal) polls to register our views about marriage equality. If the postal survey goes ahead the question before all of us will …

New Victorian government ads against domestic violence.

Late last year Daniel Andrews launched the latest ads created by the Victorian government as part of the response to the findings of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. 71 women were killed in Australia in 2016 as a result of family violence. MCWH’s ongoing educational, research and advocacy work in the field of family …

Introducing our Strategic Plan 2016-2020

We are very pleased and excited to present the 2016-2020 Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) Strategic Plan.  (Or click here for mobile friendly version). This plan was developed through a comprehensive consultation and summit process. Our valued stakeholders contributed their energy, wisdom and vision through individual interviews, which shaped a two-day strategic summit focusing on …

Gender and elder abuse: what’s the connection? Joint submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission on Elder Abuse

The Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health and the University of Melbourne provided the following submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry on Elder Abuse. The submission draws on recent research showing that elder abuse is gendered and  immigrant and refugee older women are at particular risk of physical and sexual abuse due to language barriers, …

Submission to the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy

MCWH is proud to share our submission to the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy, which was endorsed by eleven regional and state-wide women’s organisations including: Women’s Health In the North; Women’s Health in the Southeast; Women’s Health East; Women’s Health West; Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West; Women’s Health Grampians; Women’s Health Goulburn North East; …

Supporting women’s right to choose

MCWH is one of forty organisations that has signed on to an open letter to the Premier regarding abortion laws. Immigrant and refugee already face significant barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health services and MCWH welcomes the government’s commitment to reject any changes to the Abortion Law Reform Act that would reduce women’s access …