A national voice for immigrant and refugee women’s wellbeing in Australia

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; …

Media Release: Reflecting Victoria’s diverse population: what the Royal Commission into Family Violence Recommendations need to ensure

The Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) commends the work of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and is pleased to hear there will be increased capacity for organisations to prevent and respond to family violence. Violence occurs across all communities and cultures, but it’s important to remember that family violence can also manifest differently …

Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

Violence against women occurs in all Victorian communities and across all cultures. There are clear differences in the way that violence is enacted across cultures and social contexts, but no one immigrant/refugee community or culture is any more violent than another. However, due to structural inequalities, immigrant and refugee women are more vulnerable to violence, …

MWHA Roundtable: Building a national picture of immigrant and refugee women’s health

Last week MCWH hosted a two-day roundtable for members of our national multicultural women’s health network, which has been developed as part of the the Multicultural Women’s Health Australia program. The occasion provided a rare opportunity to survey the current landscape for immigrant and refugee women’s health and wellbeing across Australia. Apart from our member …

Position Paper on International Student Access to Pregnancy-Related Care

Through the On Your Own research project we undertook in 2011 with international students in Melbourne, we found that the minimum requirements of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Deed pose significant obstacles to female international students who fall pregnant unintentionally. Through further consultation with services and students across Australia, we have found that this …