Frequently Asked Questions about MCWH bilingual health education programs
Health sessions are conducted by professionally trained bilingual and bicultural health educators (BHEs). To find out more about our current bilingual health education team click here.
Where are bilingual health education sessions held?
We hold sessions wherever women want to gather, in workplaces, organisations, community spaces and people’s homes. We have delivered sessions at all times of the day and night, depending on their availability.
Do you run sessions in my language?
Currently we can offer sessions in 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.
What if there isn’t a BHE available who speaks my language?
Sessions can be conducted in English for groups of migrant women in which several different languages are spoken. If we don’t offer your language currently, please contact us.
What health topics do your sessions cover?
Our programs are divided into 7 different modules which can be taken separately, or in sequence. Modules cover many topics including occupational health and safety, sexual and reproductive health, mental health and much more. See our full program list for details.
How much do sessions cost?
Sessions are free of cost. We are a government funded, non-profit organisation.
Are health sessions confidential?
Confidentiality is assured from the beginning of the process for all participants. Our BHEs approach the women they meet as peers and not as experts who will tell them what is ‘best’ for them. Women have a choice about how much they want to be involved in discussion and are acknowledged for their own experience and knowledge.
How long has this program been running?
MCWH has been providing health education and information to women in the workplace and in the community for over thirty years.
Do you provide written resources?
Our BHEs provide women who attend sessions with written resources in their preferred language for future reference and additional information.
How do I know that the health information you provide is accurate?
Our bilingual health educators receive regular up-to-date training from key health organisations including Jean Hailes, Heart Foundation, Diabetes Victoria, Cancer Councils.
Who do I contact to organise a session?
For further information you can contact our Health Education Manager,
Amira Rahmanovic on (03) 9418 0918 or through our Contact Us page.
You can also use our free call number 1800 656 421.