We make women’s health work for migrants and refugees in Australia
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation led by and for women from migrant and refugee backgrounds. We increase migrant and refugee women’s opportunities for health and wellbeing in Australia through education, advocacy and leadership.
We think everyone should have the same opportunities for health and wellbeing
Migrant and refugee women have a right to health and wellbeing, regardless of income, ability, age gender, sexuality, ethnicity, faith, citizenship or postcode.
Unfortunately, at the moment we don't. Systemic discrimination and inequity create many barriers to our health and wellbeing.
We have the right to make informed decisions about our own bodies. MCWH helps to make sure all migrant and refugee women can exercise that right by providing free multilingual health information and education across Australia.
We also have the right to be treated with respect and without discrimination when accessing health services. MCWH provides training to service providers, and advocates to make health systems more equitable for everyone.
We work to improve migrant and refugee women's health and wellbeing
For us, lifting the health bar for all migrant and refugee women means:
- multilingual health education to women across Victoria
- women's health information in over 70 languages
- cross-cultural and workplace training and consultation
- advocacy, expert advice and policy input
- research and project partnerships
- capacity building and women's leadership
An intersectional and feminist approach means seeing the many ways women's lives, health and decisions are impacted by overlapping social and institutional forces.
Since 1978, we have worked for the recognition of migrant and refugee women as leaders, experts, agents for change, decision makers and active participants in their health and well-being.
Building a clearly communicated evidence-base and dispelling assumptions around migrant women's health is central to increasing all women's opportunities for better health and access to better services.
Together we are stronger. Building relationships with partner organisations adds value to existing work and opens more doors to health for migrant women.