Evidence and research relating to migrant women's health in Australia

MCWH is committed to building and sharing evidence to support immigrant and refugee women's health and well-being. Many issues impact on the health and wellbeing of migrant and refugee women including gender, class, ethnicity, discrimination, geography, family situation, employment, visa status, identity and language.

There is not a lot of research currently available about the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women living in Australia or the best health care models and strategies to improve their health outcomes. However, unfortunately claims about cultural differences in practices and attitudes to health and wellbeing are often made without evidence to support them.

Read our Research Statement for more information about our approach to research and key challenges that can arise for researchers in this field.
Read on to access the MCWH sexual and reproductive health data report and other MCWH research publications or search our multilingual library catalogue for key research articles on a specific women's health topic.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Data

MCWH produces a national data report that summarises the latest available data across a range of areas that impact on the sexual and reproductive health of immigrant and refugee women. View the most current version of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Data Report. Download PDF 386KB.

MCWH Research Publications

Our research publications are listed below by topic or see a list of all our publications on our Publications page.

Violence against women


A Murdolo. Family violence in Victoria: A mainstream multicultural response. Parity [online] 2016:29(4).

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. December 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. December 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. October 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. 2015:1283. Link to article.

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.

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. May 2016. Download PDF 57.8KB.

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


Sexual and reproductive health


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 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. Download PDF 1.14MB


Chronic Disease


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. 2013:447. Link to article.