Our Community Workshops Program (CWP)

What is the Community Workshops Program?

The Community Workshops Program (CWP) provides health education sessions for women from immigrant and refugee communities. We hold workshops wherever women gather together, including community health services, neighbourhood houses, schools, senior citizens clubs, other social clubs, and people’s homes.

Workshops are informal and facilitated by qualified Bilingual Health Educators who speak many languages other than English and who share an understanding of what it means to move to and settle in another country.

Keep reading to find out more about how to book a CWP session, or click here for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

“[Our group’s members] have been encountering a multitude of health issues, which they could not discuss properly or in detail with their family doctors or health services providers. Now they do have a chance to understand their health problems, the preventative measures they are to take, and where they could get help or treatment: all thanks to you and your organisation. What else can they ask for?”

− Mr. Danh Duc Tran, Chair of the Vietnamese Senior Citizens Group of Hume

What health topics do you cover?

Our Bilingual Health Educators can cover many health topics including women's health, healthy choices, reproductive health, safety and wellbeing. Educators can also provide information about using health services in Australia.

Groups can choose a specific health topic for their session or choose a comprehensive course over a number of weeks. It doesn't matter what age you are or where you are from, there are topics relevant to you. You can download a full list of the health topics we can provide here.

MCWH provides health information so that you can choose what’s best for you. The women at MCWH understand and respect your knowledge and experiences. We can provide information in a way that is completely confidential.

Do you speak my language?

Currently we can offer sessions in 25 languages: Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Cantonese, Croatian, Dari, English, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Italian , Lotuka, Madi, Mandarin, Marathi, Spanish, Sudanese-Arabic, Tigre, Tigrigna, Karen, Punjabi, Tagalog, Tamil, Hakka, and Vietnamese.

You can read more about the bilingual health educators here.

Sessions can also be conducted in English for multicultural groups in which English is the shared language. If you don't see your language listed, please contact us.

MCWH does not give medical advice. If you have questions about your health please see your health professional or general practitioner. MCWH can refer you to health information in your language and can provide advice and support about using the Australian health system.

Do you have any written health information?

We have health information on many topics in over 80 languages.

If you are in Australia you can contact us by calling (free) 1800 656 421 or contact us here. You can also search our online catalogue for information that is relevant to you.

How do I book a session for my group?

Contact our Health Promotions Manager today to talk about your needs by calling +61 (03) 9418 0911. Or click here for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

Why are the Community Workshops only for immigrant and refugee women?

MCWH was established by immigrant and refugee women to support other immigrant and refugee women.

Bringing women together who share similar cultural backgrounds and migration experiences can benefit them in many ways and gives them an opportunity to share their experiences, develop support networks and make new friends.

Sometimes we work on health education projects that include immigrant and refugee men as well as women. If you are developing a health education campaign or project that you would like our bilingual health educators to help you deliver, contact us to ask about our BHE Register.

Some Community Organisations that use our CWP Program:

  • Migrant and Refugee Focused Organisations: ADEC, AMES, Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre, The Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights, Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre
  • Ethno-specific Organisations: Australian Vietnamese Women's Association, Victorian Arabic Social Services, Greek and Cypriot Social Welfare Centre, Centro Argentino of Victoria
  • Councils and Health Organisations: City of Darebin, City of Yarra, The Heart Foundation, cohealth, Head Space Shepparton, New Hope Foundation
  • International Student groups and universities: Deakin University, Chai Junction, NMIT Preston