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, for and with 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.

Multilingual Women’s Health Education Course, July 2021E

The course overall was really great. the reading materials was really helpful. I have gained knowledge from the course and find it really helpful.

Health Education Course Participant

Our Story

Multicultural Centre for Women's Health began it's life in 1978 in inner city Melbourne, Australia. A small team of bilingual women were trained to discuss family planning options with migrant women working in the clothing factories.

To celebrate our 40th Anniversary in 1978, we made a short video about our history. We are grateful to the many hundreds of migrant and refugee women and feminist allies whose activism, direction and work shaped MCWH today.


Our Strategic Plan

We are in the process of developing a Strategic Plan for 2022-2026, and is scheduled to be launched in March 2022.

Our previous Strategic Plan focused on

  • Health Promotion
  • National Leadership
  • Communicating and Connecting, and
  • Sustainability.
22/23 State Budget Bid

Our Budget Bid 2022-23

Our Budget Bid this year calls on the government for equity and wellbeing for migrant women.

Download the 2022/23 Budget Bid as a PDF

Access the 2022/23 Budget Bid as a Word Doc


Our Approach

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

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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.

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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.

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