Building a healthy future for migrant women in Victoria forum

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health invites you to join us to discuss how Victoria plans to address key health issues for migrant and refugee women over next four years.

Award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Santilla Chingaipe, will facilitate a robust panel discussion, featuring:

Mary Wooldridge
Victorian Shadow Minister for Health.

Huong Truong
Member of the Legislative Council for Western Metropolitan Region.

Jennifer Kanis
Social Justice Practice Manager at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Board Director at Victoria Legal Aid and Melbourne Health.


Date: Monday 30 July 2018

Time: 1pm – 4.30pm (1-2 pm: light lunch and networking)

Venue: The Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier Street, Fitzroy.

Bookings: Contact Mi Nguyen on (03) 9418 0954 or


This event is sponsored by the City of Yarra.



About the forum

Evidence shows that migrant and refugee women experience barriers to accessing the health system, resulting in poorer outcomes and deteriorating health, particularly in the area of reproductive and sexual health.

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health is hosting a forum to bring together key members of government, health organisations and community leaders to discuss how we will address these barriers over the next four years.

The forum will explore strategies for improvements to the health system that increase access and reduce inequality, and enable Victorian migrant women to access their right to optimal health.


About the speakers

Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker.

She spent nearly a decade working for SBS World News which saw her report from across Africa and interview some of the continent’s most prominent leaders. Last year, she presented a one-off documentary for SBS, DATE MY RACE. Her latest film, BLACK AS ME, explores the perception of beauty and race in Australia. Santilla recently partnered with The Wheeler Centre to create and curate Australia’s first anti-racism festival, Not Racist, But… Her work explores contemporary migration, cultural identities and politics.

Santilla is currently developing several factual and narrative projects and writes regularly for The Saturday Paper and is a member of the federal government’s advisory group on Australia-Africa relations.



Huong Truong is a Victorian Greens member of the Legislative Council for Western Metropolitan Region.

The daughter of Vietnamese boat people, Huong was born and raised in the diverse communities of Melbourne’s west and is the first Vietnamese-Australian woman to be sworn in to any parliament in Australia.

Huong has experience in local government in Melbourne’s West and community organising for various non-profit groups. She has over a decade of public service experience in local infrastructure, community engagement and reducing the environmental impact of our suburbs. Huong holds a Masters in Environment & Planning, a Diploma in Leadership and Management  and a Bachelor of Arts.




Jennifer Kanis is the Social Justice Practice Manager at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, and a Board Director at Victoria Legal Aid and Melbourne Health.

Jennifer is a member of the Australian Labour Party and was member for Melbourne in the Victorian Legislative Assembly between 2012 and 2014.






Mary Wooldridge is the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, the Shadow Minister for Health and represents Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan region in the Legislative Council.

She was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 2006 representing the electorate of Doncaster. She has also served as Minister for Mental Health, Community Services and Women’s Affairs and Minister for Disability Services and Reform.

Mary has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours). She lives in Donvale with her husband, Andrew, and their son.