Publications

Our Publications

MCWH produces a range of publications including best practice, health education and community engagement guides for those working with migrant and refugee women, as well as a number of project reports, research articles and general research publications. You can find all our publications in the accordian below.

Guides for best practice, health education and community engagement

Improving our approach to community-led prevention

2024. A short guide on intersectional practice for those working in primary prevention with multicultural and faith-based communities. Download the Connecting Communities Community-Led Prevention Guide.

Quality standards for health education

2023. A short guide outlining 7 key quality standards for bilingual health educators, developed from MCWHs over 40 years of experience providing bilingual health education. Download the Quality Standards for Health Education.

Best practice guide for migrant and refugee inclusive disaster, preparedness, response and recovery

A guide that outlines 9 guiding principles to inform disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts for migrant and refugee women, non-binary, and gender diverse people. Download Best Practice Guide for Inclusive Disaster Recovery.

Migrant and Refugee Women in Australia Infographic

2023. A one page infographic on population data relating to migrant and refugee women. Download Migrant and Refugee Women in Australia Infographic.

Reproductive Coercion: Understanding the implications for migrant and refugee communities

2023. A short fact sheet on what reproductive coercion its implications for migrant and refugee communities with key policy recommendations. Download Reproductive Coercion Understanding fact sheet here.

Migrant and Refugee Maternal and Perinatal Health

2023. A short fact sheet on migrant and refugee women's perinatal health with key data, a data review and policy recommendations. Download Migrant and Refugee Maternal and Perinatal Health here.

Where do I go for mental health support?

2023. Short guide for the public and practitioners on how to seek mental health support in Australia. Download the mental health services guide here.

Set the PACE: Five ways to design leadership programs for migrant women, non-binary and gender diverse people

2023. For those working to implement leadership programs for migrant and refugee women, non-binary and gender diverse people.
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Key Contacts in Migrant Women’s Prevention of Violence

2020. A directory of key contacts working in preventing violence against migrant and refugee women.
Download PDF 6MB

Intersectionality Matters: Engaging immigrant and refugee communities to prevent violence against women.

2017. An essential guide for planning and working with immigrant and refugee communities on prevention activities.
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The NETFA Best Practice Guide for Working with Communities Affected by FGM/C.

2014. A clear and evidence-based guide for planning and working with communities on FGM/C prevention activities.
Download PDF 1MB.  Download printer friendly PDF 424KB. Or visit the NETFA website at www.netfa.com.au

Culturally Responsive Palliative Care Community Education Peer Education Resource.

2013. A resource developed in partnership with Palliative Care Victoria to support bilingual educators to deliver education about palliative care to their communities.
On request.

Women's Health Map: Assisting immigrant and refugee women to navigate the Australian health system. A manual for community workers.

2011. An innovative manual for community workers supporting immigrant and refugee women to navigate the Australian health system.
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Common Threads Best Practice Guide: Working with immigrant and refugee women in sexual and reproductive Health.

2012. A concise, evidence-based and easy to use reference guide with case studies.
Download PDF 1.5MB

Diabetes Prevention Education Manual.

2011. Based on years of succesful bilingual diabetes prevention education, to support service providers to adopt a culturally appropriate model of health promotion.
Download PDF 5.9MB

Points of Departure: An advocacy toolkit for immigrant and refugee women.

2010. A useful and tested guide for immigrant and refugee women and groups wanting to advocate on issues relevant to them.
Download PDF 5.5MB

Best Practice Guide for Leadership Programs for Immigrant & Refugee Women

2010. This guide summarises the outcomes of an extensive review of national and international literature of leadership capacity building initiatives for immigrant and refugee women.
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Project reports and key project findings

Building Bridges: Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing for Migrant and Refugee Women

2023. This report details the findings of Building Bridges, a one-year project run by the MCWH relating to migrant and refugee women’s mental health and wellbeing. Download Building Bridges PDF. More info here.

Bilingual Health Education: An essential tool to prevent violence against women.

2022. Project findings from the Safety and Support in My Language Project, which shows the effectiveness of bilingual health education in violence prevention. Download Safety and Support in My Language Project Findings Report.

Workplace Equality: A model for preventing violence against migrant and refugee women.

2019. A case study of how workplace prevention activities can effectively address intersecting drivers of violence against women.  Download PDF 6MB

Dealing with it myself: Supporting immigrant and refugee carers in Australia.

2017. Findings and outcomes of a two-year project to support people who care for a loved one with an illness.  Download PDF 1.1MB

Common Threads Report: The sexual and reproductive health experiences of immigrant and refugee women in Australia.

2012. A cross-cultural study of migrant and refugee womens' experiences and perspectives about their sexual and reproductive health.  Download PDF 1.14MB

Bbkayi: Baby Plus Two Project Report.

2012. Commissioned by Whitehorse Community Health Service. Key recommendations for culturally relevant service delivery for Chinese women accessing support around pregnancy and childbirth.  Download PDF 1.16MB

For all hearts: Promoting heart health to culturally diverse communities.

2012. Funded by Heart Foundation Victoria's Engaging Women’s Grant, Heart Foundation Victoria and MCWH partnered to deliver heart health information to women from migrant and refugee communities.  Download PDF 95KB

Immigrant and refugee women’s advocacy project 2011-12 report.

2012. Funded by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, this report provides a case study of how the MCWH Points of Departure Toolkit can be effectively put into practice to support women from immigrant and refugee backgrounds in their own advocacy work. Thanks to Yabbo Thompson for permission to publish.  Download PDF 770KB

On Your Own: Sexual and reproductive health of female international students in Australia.

2011. Undertaken in response to a high number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions experienced by female international students in Australia.  Download PDF 558KB

Coming out, coming home or inviting people in? Supporting same-sex attracted women from immigrant and refugee communities.

2011. Explores the impacts of cultural differences in supporting LGBTIQ individuals and building capacity to support same-sex attracted women in migrant communities.  Download PDF 2194KB   Download Word Doc

On Her Way: Primary prevention of violence against immigrant and refugee women in Australia.

2011. A landmark overview of violence perpetrated against immigrant and refugee women in Australia, possible risk factors and recommendations for primary prevention efforts.  Download PDF 3.26MB

Participate, Advocate, Communicate, Engage (PACE): A leadership project for immigrant and refugee women.

2010. Outlines key findings and outcomes of the Participate, Advocate, Communicate, Engage (PACE) Leadership Project.  Download PDF 706KB

Diabetes prevention for immigrant and refugee women.

2010. An innovative pilot project to increase the capacity of immigrant and refugee women to make healthy lifestyle choices to minimise their risk of Type 2 diabetes.  Download PDF 1.98KB

Research Articles and Publications

HealthWest Partnership (2021). Community Conversations: Talking about Finding Work in Australia. HealthWest Partnership: Footscray, Victoria. Download PDF 1MB.

Vaughan, C., Chen, J., Sullivan, C., Suha, M., Sandhu, M., Hourani, J., … Murdolo, A. (2020). Multicultural and Settlement services Supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS project (Research report, 11/2020). Sydney: ANROWS. Download PDF 2MB.

Aryal, R. 2018. Enabling Social Change with Immigrant and Refugee Caregivers: Beyond Dualistic Difference to Intersectionality: Special Section on Medical Anthropology. American Anthropologist120(3), pp.551-554.

A Murdolo. Family violence in Victoria: A mainstream multicultural response. Parity [online] 2016.

C Vaughan, A Murdolo, L Murray, E Davis, J Chen, K Block, R Quiazon and D Warr. Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia. The ASPIRE Project Research report. ANROWS. 2016. Download PDF 5.1MB.

C Vaughan et al. Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia. The ASPIRE Project Research Summary report. ANROWS. 2016. Download PDF 338KB.

C Vaughan et al. Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia. The ASPIRE State of Knowledge Paper. ANROWS. 2015. Download PDF 5.1MB.

C Vaughan et al. ASPIRE: A multi-site community-based participatory research project to increase understanding of the dynamics of violence against immigrant and refugee women in Australia. BMC Public Health. 2015. Link to article.

A Murdolo and R Quiazon. Key issues in working with men from immigrant and refugee communities in preventing violence against women. White Ribbon Research Series. 2016. Download.

A Murdolo and R Quiazon. 'Bringing the Margins to the Centre' in Our Watch, ANROWS and VicHealth. Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia: Framework Foundations 2. 2015. Download PDF 1.59MB.

C Poljski and R Quiazon and C Tran. Ensuring Rights: Improving Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Female International Students in Australia. Journal of International Students. 2014. Download PDF 137KB.

M Carolan-Olah, A Cassar, R Quiazon and S Lynch. 'Diabetes Care and Service Access among Elderly Vietnamese with Type 2 Diabetes'. BMC Health Services Research. 2013. Link to article.

M Hach. Common Threads Report: The sexual and reproductive health experiences of immigrant and refugee women in Australia. 2012. Documents a national cross-cultural research initiative into the experiences and perspectives of immigrant and refugee women in relation to their sexual and reproductive health. 2012.Download PDF 1.14MB

C Poljski. On Her Way: Primary prevention of violence against immigrant and refugee women in Australia. 2011. Download PDF 3.26MB

Recent Publications

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Making the Links: A Guide to Working with Migrant and Refugee Communities in Primary Prevention and Early Intervention

Download ‘Making the Links Best Practice Guide’ as a pdf here Download ‘Making the Links Best Practice Guide’ as a word document here While mainstream family and domestic violence and sexual assault services have made significant strides in supporting migrant…
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Improving our approach to community-led prevention guide

Download the Community Connections Community-led Prevention Guide As part of the Connecting Communities Project, The Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health and Safe and Equal have partnered to develop a short guide Improving our approach to community-led prevention, designed for primary…