Multicultural Centre for Women's Health: A national voice for migrant & refugee women's wellbeing in Australia
Then and Now with Rosa Vasseghi

Then and Now with Rosa Vasseghi

Activist, creative and peacemaker. What were you doing in 1978? I was working in a big company in the South of Iran. The Islamic revolution in Iran began in 1979. When the new government took power they didn’t let me continue my work or my studies. I was asked by the people who had taken …

Then and Now: Bic Gresty

One of the busiest and best women we know What were you doing in 1978? I worked as a qualified physiotherapist at the Children hospital in Saigon City Vietnam. What’s something that you are really proud of? Being a refugee. What’s your best memory? My New Year eve of my childhood. What’s something you couldn’t …

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 …

Enjoying the fruits of bilingual health education in the workplace

Enjoying the fruits of bilingual health education in the workplace

Costa is one of Australia’s oldest fruit and vegetable companies, with their history stretching back to the early 19th century, when Sicilian migrant and winemaker, Francesco Costa, arrived in Australia for work. Subsequent family migration resulted in the establishment of retail and wholesale fruit stores throughout the 20th century, ultimately leading to the Costa we …

Hidden barriers to happy families

Hidden barriers to happy families

Image of Bernadette Romulo and her son from her current petition to stay in Australia.   Migrants and refugees are often associated with families: large, cohesive, argumentative, meddling families, with children at the centre of the action. And yet, migrants and refugees often face a huge struggle to have united, healthy, happy families. Restrictive immigration …

Taking the harm out of harmony

Last week Australia celebrated Harmony Week, and more specifically Harmony Day on March 21st. It’s an occasion each year to celebrate cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Events are held across the country to celebrate the rich migrant tapestry that makes Australia so great, so ‘colourful’ and so gourmet. Harmony Day is …

The gifts that love won for 2018

The gifts that love won for 2018

Here at MCWH we’re not usually excited by celebrity weddings. It’s often difficult to connect with “who is marrying who” in the faraway worlds of movie stars or royals. But hearing about the first same sex marriages taking place in Australia, at MCWH we can’t help but be excited. These joyous occasions have been so …

Self-care during the silly season

It’s that time of year when we wish many of our friends, family and colleagues a safe and happy summer break. Often the safety risks we have in mind are about taking care travelling or not running around the swimming pool. But the silly season can also throw other sorts of health risks our way. …