Free cross-cultural ‘carers’ training for health and allied professionals in the City of Monash

Want to improve your support of carers from a CALD background?

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) is offering it’s Beyond Cultural Competency course to professionals in the City of Monash who want to improve their support of carers from refugee and immigrant backgrounds.

The two-day workshop will:

  • help identify potential ‘hidden’ carers in your work;
  • enhance understanding of CALD carers and the unique barriers they face in accessing support services;
  • explore the concept of intersectionality and how we might apply it to our practice;
  • identify best practice principles including cultural and linguistic appropriateness, access and equity and collaboration;
  • offer professionals the opportunity to reflect on their practice, and develop strategies to improve their work with immigrant and refugee communities.

It is aimed at supporting professionals from:

  • General Practices (General practitioners, nurses, admin staff)
  • Respite Care Providers
  • Community Legal Centre
  • Centrelink
  • Local Council
  • Community Health Services
  • Schools or playgroups
  • Other relevant carer support or community organisation in the City of Monash

Currently two courses have been scheduled:

  • 27 October & 3 November (location TBC)
  • 9 November & 16 November (location TBC)

To register your interest or for more information please contact our training team on 1800 656 421 or

Workshop on intersectionality and the prevention of violence against women



On the 10th June 2015, MCWH held a training workshop aimed to introduce and explore ideas around intersectionality, power and privilege. Participants came from a diverse network of women’s health services across Victoria, some travelling from as far as the Grampians and Loddon Mallee to attend!

The day-long workshop resulted in passionate and complex conversations that explored the interplay between gender, race, culture,  and immigrant/refugee status in society and how to approach these complex issues structurally and respectfully.

The workshop was a great success, so much so that a secondary workshop was requested by participants which will take place in October 2015.

Watch this space!

Understanding the complexity of gender issues

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I will be more conscious of my own position/role before speaking and engaging. – workshop participant

Last week MCWH partnered with Diaspora Action Australia (formally known as the Humanitarian Crisis Hub) for the second year in a row to facilitate a gender workshop for 10 of DAA’s staff and volunteers. It was an evening of exchanging thoughts, ideas and concepts about gender issues, as they arise in both national and global contexts. Participants were introduced to different ways of thinking about gender and asked to reflect on the impact of gender norms and racial biases in their everyday lives.

Concepts such as ‘intersectionality’ were new to some members of the group, with one participant observing: “I will no longer be simplistic in my assumptions.” For others, the training was a way of deepening their understanding and expanding on their professional practice. As an attendee later reflected: “I was reminded of how amazingly complex these issues are.”

In order to ground these complexities in reality, the settlement stories of real immigrant and refugee women were shared and discussed with participants. What those stories illustrated, and what the group discovered through the workshop, was how interlaced and multifaceted gender issues can be. By seeking out a deeper understanding of oppression and working towards continual self-reflection on the mechanisms which hold it in place, staff and volunteers at DAA are even better placed to effectively empower women and their communities.

If you think your organisation could benefit from an MCWH gender workshop, why not contact us here.


Celebrating immigrant and refugee women


We think immigrant and refugee women are generally pretty amazing, so it’s never really a surprise to see them succeed, even when the pathway to success has not been smooth.

This week MCWH was privileged to complete a wonderful journey with a group of twenty women from as many diverse cultural backgrounds, as they successfully graduated from the MCWH Multicultural Women’s Health Course. The women completed the accredited 12-day training program in women’s health, acquiring the skills and knowledge required to provide bilingual health education to women in their communities and workplaces. Twelve of the graduates are aged care workers from the Southern Cross aged care facility who have been supported by the facility to participate in the training and to become women’s health mentors in their workplaces in the future. The remaining eight graduates, we’re proud to say, have been recruited to work as new MCWH Bilingual Health Educators, making a wonderful addition to the range of languages we can offer to the community in health education. We heartily congratulate all the graduates and look forward to an ongoing working relationship.

We extend our appreciation to the wonderful trainers and supporting staff, to Ian Barton from Southern Cross Care, and of course to the graduates who worked so hard to successfully complete the course.