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

Medina Idriess

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Bilingual Health Educator and FARREP Worker (Arabic, Tigre, Tigrigna)

Medina Idriess

Medina has a Graduate Diploma in Social Science from Victoria University and has been a Bilingual Health Educator at MCWH since 1999. Medina also offers health education sessions and telephone health information to women from FGM/C affected communities in her role as a Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program (FARREP) worker for both MCWH and at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. She also assists communities to strength their knowledge about the harmful health impacts of FGM/C on the reproductive and sexual health of women and girls, in an effort to prevent its occurrence. Medina provides referral capacity building and support to women and their families as well as advice and consultation to service providers on reproductive and sexual health issues, with a particular focus on FGM/C and its cultural context. Empowering women to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing has always been her goal and in her homeland, Eritrea, she was a teacher who often found herself in both leadership and support roles in her community. Her focus now is supporting newly-arrived women whose issues include accessing relevant health services and information.