Call for Papers

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health is hosting a 2-day national Multicultural Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health Conference on 27-28 February 2020 in Melbourne.
The conference will share current evidence, new research, and innovative and proven practices to contribute to and improve immigrant and refugee women’s sexual and reproductive outcomes. It also aims to centre the voices and views of migrant and refugee women as experts in their own health.

Who will be there?

The conference will be relevant for:
  • Practitioners, researchers and policy makers in clinical services and health promotion; GPs, GP Registrars, mental health professionals, sexual health nurses and school based youth health nurses.
  • Health advocates, health consumers, community members, community based carers, parents and carers.
  • Social services professionals working in areas of early childhood, migration, education, workplace rights and health, alcohol and other drugs, disability, LGBTIQ+ health, violence prevention, aged care and residential care.

Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now open and we warmly invite you to submit an abstract for papers on any issue related to migrant and refugee women’s sexual and/or reproductive health in Australia. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Maternal and child health
  • Contraception
  • Migrant women with disabilities
  • Abortion
  • Impacts of visa on access to services
  • Women who are seeking asylum
  • Stillbirth
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Antenatal care
  • Gender diverse people’s sexual and reproductive health
  • Reproductive coercion and family violence
  • STIs and BBVs
  • International students
  • Sexual and reproductive health for older migrant women
  • Female circumcision (FGM/C)
  • Mental health
  • Workplace health
  • General Practice models of working with migrant women

We welcome all abstracts, both clinically and community focused, and including those that:

  • consider various aspects of reproductive and sexual health such as physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and/or structural;
  • include discussion of the links between sexual and reproductive health and other social, economic or health issues in migrant and refugee women’s lives;
  • share feminist and intersectional perspectives and/or experiences of migration, including temporary, transient, permanent and time-specific migration; various migrant populations including refugees, international students, temporary workers, youth;
  • consider how the intersections between gender inequality and other forms of discrimination impact on immigrant and refugee women’s sexual and reproductive health; and
  • discuss outcomes in health promotion, health policy, patient safety and/or patient care.

Where presentations relate to a particular study or project, we also encourage co-presentations with participants from migrant and refugee communities. Women presenting from migrant and refugee backgrounds who do not have organisational or academic supports may be eligible for a discounted registration.

Papers will be 15-20 minutes long. If you would like to propose a different type of presentation (panel, workshop or other) please feel free to be in touch and discuss this with us.

How to submit an abstract

In your submission please include:

  1. Names and bios of for each speaker
  2. An abstract of between 100 and 500 words
  3. Any language(s) other than English in which the session will be presented, and any relevant publications or resources that will be distributed within the session.

Please email your abstract to by midnight on November 10 2019.

Speakers will be confirmed by 30 November 2019.