About us

MCWH is a not-for-profit organisation making women’s health work for migrant and refugee women. We believe in health equity and education.

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.

Our FY2019-20 Annual Report

This year our theme was "Building women's strength across communities," and that we did! Read about our key achievements and impact for the 2019-2020 year.

We think everyone should have the same opportunities for health and wellbeing

We want all women from migrant and refugee communities to have the same opportunities for health and wellbeing in Australia as everyone else, regardless of their income, disability, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, faith, visa status or postcode.

Unfortunately, at the moment they don't. Systemic discrimination and inequity create barriers to health and wellbeing.

Like all people, migrant and refugee women have the right to understand their options and make informed decisions. We provide free multilingual health information and education to migrant and refugee women across Australia.

Like all people, migrant and refugee women have the right to access services and support and be treated with respect and without discrimination. We provide training to service providers and advocate 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

Our Approach

An illustration of three cogs

Intersectional

An intersectional and feminist approach means seeing the many ways women's lives, health and decisions are impacted by overlapping social and institutional forces.

An illustration of a pregnant mother and daughter

Women led

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.

Illustration of data report

Evidence-based

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.

picture of two hands circling a heart

Collaborative

Together we are stronger. Building relationships with partner organisations adds value to existing work and opens more doors to health for migrant women.